Lady Bisons split with Tennessee Tech in home opener
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Lady Bisons split with Tennessee Tech in home opener
The Lady Bisons started a busy week at Draper Diamond with a 1-1 split with Tennessee Tech Tuesday afternoon.

In game one the Lady Bisons fell 3-2. They came back in the nightcap for a 7-4 win. it was the home season opener for the Lady Bisons.

“Tennessee Tech is traditionally a good team,” said Lady Bisons coach Kristin Peck. “They are going to do some really good things in the Ohio Valley Conference again this year. Traditionally, they are an NCAA regional caliber team.

“Overall, I thought we played well. We made a few mistakes here and there defensively. We gave up a few key walks. Other than that I thought we played well.”

Wednesday afternoon at 2 Virginia Tech, a College World Series team last season, will visit Draper Diamond.

In the second game the Lady Bisons spotted Tennessee a run in the first inning. They responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first.

Lauren Dortwegt opened the first with a triple to left center. It was her second triple of the season. Courtney Billington flied out to the shortstop. Kellie Sirus grounded out to short, allowing Dortwegt to score. Abby Keese then hit a solo home run to left field, her fifth of the season.

Tennessee Tech struck for three more runs in the top of the second.

The Lady Bisons answered with five runs in bottom of the inning.

Caroline Mason started off the second with a solo home run to center.

Mollie Mitchell then flied out to second base. Megan Rottler singled to center. Mackenzie Tucker then struck out.

With two outs Dortwegt singled to the pitcher moving Rottler to second. Billington walked to load the bases. Sirus singled to left field, driving in Dortwegt and Rottler.

Billington scored on a passed ball. Keese singled to left field, sending Sirus home with the fifth run of the inning.

Neither team would score the rest of the way.

Sirus led the Lady Bisons with three hits. Keese and Dortwegt each finished with two. The Lady Bisons had 10 hits in the game.

Alaina Jacobson, 6-2, picked up the win for the Lady Bisons. In seven innings she scattered five hits and only gave up two earned runs. She struck out three and walked four.

“We just needed to come out in the second game with a lot more energy and be ready to go again which is what we did,” said Peck. “I felt like we attacked right off the bat.

“Alaina came back and threw a great game. It was good to see us bounce back for a win against a good team.”

In game one the Lady Bisons started off slowly offensively.

Tennessee Tech scored one run in the second and two runs in the third.

The Lady Bisons were shutdown until the seventh when they scored two runs.

With one out Mitchell singled to left center. Rottler followed with a single to left field. Tucker singled to third to load the bases. Dortwegt flied out to center to bring home Mitchell. Billington singled to center sending Rottler home. Sirus flied out to first to end the inning and the game.

“To come back late in the first game and really give ourselves a shot to tie it or win it kind of made that game feel a little better than it was,” said Peck. “I walked out between games and said we were fine. We played well and had a great series of bats at the end.”

Christen Campbell had two of the eight hits for the Lady Bisons.

Whitney Kiihnl pitched a complete game and took the loss, her second in seven decisions. She gave up five hits and two earned runs. She walked three and struck out six.

The Lady Bisons are 14-5. Tennessee Tech is 8-14.