Lady Bisons sweep Belmont to open Atlantic Sun Conference play
Saturday, March 17, 2007

March 17, 2007

Game 1

Game 2

The Lady Bisons brought out their heavy firepower to sweep the Belmont Bruins in first Atlantic Sun doubleheader of the season.

The Lady Bisons, led by first baseman Heather Collins with a perfect 5-for-5 performance at the plate and eight runs batted in, beat Belmont 12-1 in game one and 11-3 in the nightcap at Draper Diamond. Both games were called after five innings due to the eight-run lead rule.

"We came out fired up with a lot of energy and a lot of intensity from the first pitch and it showed in our play," Lady Bisons coach Kristin Peck said. "We really attacked the ball.

"We were patient at the plate which is good to see. We have our moments this year when we have been a little impatient. We gained a little momentum in every inning. It seemed like we were in charge from the start. It feels great, especially to beat your cross-town rival."

In game one the Lady Bisons pounded 15 hits. Six players had two hits in the game _ Lauren Dortwegt, Leigh Little, Collins, Kellie Sirus, Abby Keese and Kristie Sirus.

"Heather is seeing the ball very well right now," Peck said. "You can tell when she has confidence with her approach and her at bats. She seems more comfortable at the plate this season. She is very capable of making something happen even if she doesn't get the big hit. She hits the ball so hard that some times she gets on with an error and that's fine.

"She has moved to the No. 3 spot hitting. We have to have consistency there. And Heather is making very good decisions at the plate."

Kellie Sirus sealed the game for the Lady Bisons with a walk-off grand slam to left field in the fifth.

"Kellie does have power," Peck said. "She is slender and sometimes you wonder where the power comes from. But she has some pop in her bat."

Christen Campbell evened her record at 6-6, allowing only one run and one hit in the complete game outing. She struck out seven and walked only one.

"We count on Christen quite a bit," Peck said. "She mixes her pitches well. She has had a little trouble the last couple of weeks spotting her pitches and not getting some borderline calls. We have spent some time talking about that and working on that. I thought that showed. She used her pitches very effectively against Belmont."

Sammi Parks took the loss for Belmont. She gave up three runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings. Jennifer Batte pitched the final two innings. She gave up10 hits and nine runs, eight earned. She struck out two and walked one.

In game two the Lady Bisons struck for 12 hits. Collins led the way with three hits, starting a two-RBI double to right center in the first inning, an RBI single in the second and a three-RBI home run to left field in the third. She also walked in the fourth to bring in her seventh run of the game.

Keese opened the third inning with a home run left center.

Dortwegt slammed a two-RBI triple down the right field line in the third inning.

Dortwegt, Keese and Campbell each had two hits in the second game.

"We are looking to Lauren to get on base," Peck said. "If she is doing that then good things are going to happen."

Lipscomb's Kim Jacobson raised her record to 4-5, scattering five hits and allowing three runs, all earned, in four innings. She struck out three and walked two.

"Kim had a very good outing," Peck said. "She is going to continue to learn and get better."

Christy Grisham came on in the fifth. She allowed one hit but did not give up a run.

"Christy did a great job of closing the door," Peck said. "She is going to be big in that role for us."

The big hit of the game for Belmont was a two-run homer to center field by Kelly Major in the third inning.

"We have had some tough games this year," Peck said. "It was good to see us come out and do what we are capable of doing. It was a good all-around performance."

The Lady Bisons are 11-13 overall, 2-0 in the A-Sun. Belmont slipped to 5-18, 0-2 in the conference.

Wednesday they continue A-Sun play at Stetson. They will stay in Deland, Fla., and play in Stetson's tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday.