May 10, 2007
DELAND, Fla. _ It was a short trip, but the Lady Bisons softball team knows it will be back.
With five freshmen starters and only two players not returning next season the future looks brighter than it might have as the lights went out on Patricia Wilson Field at Stetson Thursday night.
The Lady Bisons were eliminated from the tournament Thursday night, losing 4-0 to Stetson, the host team and the No. 1 seed. Earlier in the day the Lady Bisons, the No.4- seed, dropped a 3-2 decision to No.3-seed ETSU.
"We talked about that after the game that we will be back," said Lipscomb head coach Kristin Peck. "We had a great year. We had one off day. We fought hard and some things just didn't go our way.
"Our players are very aware that we are going to be at the conference tournament more in the future. The players are very aware of that. Now they know what it is like, especially the young ones, what it is like to be here."
The Lady Bisons were known for their offensive prowess most of the season, but in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament that offensive punch could not be found.
The Lady Bisons spotted Stetson four runs in the top of the first inning on a three-run homer by Andrea Migliori, the leading home run hitter in the conference, that bounced off the top of the right center field fence and a solo homer to left center by Blythe Golden.
Second baseman Kristi Sirus was the first Lady Bisons player to get a hit with a ground ball single up the middle with two outs in the third inning.
In the seventh Heather Collins led off with a ground ball single up the middle for the Lady Bisons. Abby Craig entered the game as a pinch-runner. Abby Keese then singled to right field, but Craig was thrown out at third. Campbell popped up to end the game.
After the first inning Campbell held Stetson scoreless for the final six innings, Campbell scattered six hits, three in the first inning, walked three and struck out two.
"Campbell has the one bad inning and then shuts them down the rest of the way," Peck said. "She threw great,, but we couldn't get anything going."
Erica Demers started for Stetson. She gave up three hits, walked one and struck out four.
The Lady Bisons finished the season with a 25-28-1 record. Stetson, 41-19, advances to the second round Friday,
This was the Lady Bisons second trip to the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in the past three seasons.
"Our players know what it takes to get here," Peck said. "We worked harder this year than we ever have. They are aware of that. They know they have to step it up another notch next year."