Lady Bisons pound Western Carolina with 29 hits, 9 home runs
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Lady Bisons pound Western Carolina with 29 hits, 9 home runs
The Lady Bisons had a day of shattering records as they beat the Lady Catamounts of Western Carolina in both games of their doubleheader with scores of 11-6 in the first game and 12-0 the second Tuesday afternoon.

The shut out was the 10th of the season for the Lady Bisons.

Junior Alaina Jacobson got the win on the mound for the Bisons, scattering seven hits and six runs over 3.2 innings. Freshman Whitney Kiihnl entered in the 4th to hold the Catamounts scoreless and to only one hit over the final three innings.

The Lady Bisons combined for a season high17 hits in game one, pushing 11 runs across the plate.

Freshman Mollie Mitchell led the Bisons with a career high 4-4 performance with 1 RBI in the first game. Junior Kellie Sirus went 4-5 with 3 RBI and a homerun. Junior Abby Keese went 3-5 with two RBI.

Freshmen Courtney Billington collected two hits, including her first collegiate home run and had four RBIs, a career high. Junior Christen Campbell also connected for a home run, her second of the season. Junior Lauren Dortwegt went 2-5 at the plate and scored three of the Lady Bisons’ runs.

Campbell started game two on the mound and got her third shut out of the season, spreading out four hits and striking out three in five innings.

Offense continued to prevail for the Lady Bisons, as they gathered 12 hits and 12 earned runs, forcing the mercy rule to take effect and end the game after five innings.

Mitchell once again led the team going 3-3 with three home runs, while her roommate, Billington went 4-4 with two home runs and a double, making her new career RBI total of five in a game.

Dortwegt had two hits once again and scored twice. Sirus added another home run in the fifth inning. Sophomore Mackenzie Tucker went 1-1 with a single up the middle and second baseman Megan Rottler went 1-1 with a double off the right-center fence.

“It was great to see Mollie and Courtney come out and hit the way they did today,” said Lady Bisons coach Kristin Peck said. “When those two hit well, they provide a huge spark for our team.”

Lipscomb collected 29 hits and nine homeruns in the slug fest, helping to bring their record to 19-6 overall.

Western Carolina fell to 7-17 on the season. They are part of the Southern Conference.

“These two games were huge for us going into conference play,” said Peck. “Everyone wants that momentum going in to conference and we got that.

“Walking away with 29 hits in two games is great. We played errorless ball today and we’re just excited to get going and see where we stand conference.”

The Lady Bisons start Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend at home. They play North Florida in a double header at 4 p.m. and Jacksonville Saturday at 2 p.m.

This story was written by Katie Haab, a student assistant in the athletics media relations department.