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Friday, February 13, 2009The Lady Bisons opened the 2009 softball season with a 4-1 win over McNeese State and a 4-2 loss to 19th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette in the 23rd annual Louisiana Classics at Lamson Park.
"It was a great first day of the season," said Lipscomb junior shortstop Abby Keese. "We beat a good team in the morning, and then showed true strength against a top-ranked team in our second game."
Junior Kellie Sirus, making her debut at first base, finished 3-for-3 against McNeese State. One of her hits was a double. Sirus was the leading hitter for the Lady Bisons last season. She is an Atlantic Sun Preseason All-Conference selection.
The most productive hitter of the day was freshman Caroline Mason. She had two hits and drove in two runs in three trips to the plate in the McNeese State victory. She played left field in the Louisiana game and finished with one hit and another RBI in three trips to the plate.
Another freshman, Vanessa Medina, was a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. She pounded a double that bounced off of the center field wall in her first collegiate at bat.
Also adding a double for the Lady Bisons was junior center fielder Lauren Dortwegt. The Lady Bisons had eight hits.
Junior Alaina Jacobson scattered seven hits in as many innings and struck out six for her first win of the season for the Lady Bisons.
Freshman Whitney Kiihnl made her collegiate debut against Louisiana. She pitched a complete game. She gave up eight hits and four earned runs. She also struck out seven, four of them looking.
"Whitney did great on the mound," said Keese. "I can't wait to see what she does this season. And I definitely can't wait to see what our team does this season."
The Lady Bisons spotted Louisiana single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.
In the sixth the Lady Bisons cut the lead to two runs. Keese, also an A-Sun Preseason All-Conference pick, opened the inning with a single to center field. Sirus walked. With two runners on to open the inning Louisiana replaced starting pitcher Brittany Cuevas with Donna Bourgeois. Mason greet Bourgeois with a single through the left side of the field that scored Keese.
Third baseman Christen Campbell grounded out to the shortstop. Mason went to second on the play and Sirus ended up at third.
Freshman catcher Mollie Mitchell, who had one of the five hits for the Lady Bisons against Louisiana, grounded out to the third baseman, but picked up her first collegiate RBI as Sirus scored. Medina, a pinch-hitter, popped out to the pitcher to end the inning.
The Lady Bisons play Louisiana Tech Saturday morning at 9. They face Nichollls State at 2.
The final game in the tournament for the Lady Bisons is at 10 a.m. Sunday against Providence.
This article waswritten by Katie Haab, a student assistant in the sports information office.