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Sirus drives in game-winner as Lady Bisons split with Jacksonville
Kellie Sirus
Kellie Sirus

Saturday, March 28, 2009

With a thunderstorm on the horizon, two outs on the scoreboard and three runners on base Kellie Sirus decided to use some lightning of her own in the seventh inning.

Sirus singled to center field to drive in Megan Rottler with the only run of the game as the Lipscomb Lady Bisons beat Jacksonville 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Draper Diamond in the second game of an Atlantic Sun doubleheader. The Lady Bisons lost 2-1 in game one to end a six-game winning streak and a string of three straight doubleheader sweeps.

Sirus drove in both runs for the Lady Bisons.

“It was a frustrating day,” said Lady Bisons coach Kristin Peck. “We didn’t really feel like we hit the ball well all day. We had a couple of good hits right at people, but it really wasn’t that many on the whole day.

“In this conference everybody is going to attempt to be at their best against us, just like we are trying to do against them. Jacksonville is that type of team. If you let them hang around and give them that opportunity they are going to take everything that you give them.”

In the crucial seventh inning, which was briefly delayed due to the weather, Rottler reached base on an error by the shortstop with one out. Mackenzie Tucker struck out, but Lauren Dortwegt singled to the left side of the field. Courtney Billington walked to load the bases setting the stage for the hit by Sirus.

Dortwegt led the Lady Bisons with two hits. She also stole two bases.

Alaina Jacobson, 7-2, threw a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out one in seven innings.

It was the 13th shutout of the season for the Lady Bisons.

“Alaina threw very well,” said Peck. “Alaina is not a strikeout pitcher. She has to use her defense. And the defense was a little stronger in game two than game one.”

In game one the Lady Bisons out-hit Jacksonville 7-5, but fell short of a win.

Jacksonville scored in the first inning and the Lady Bisons answered with a run in bottom of the first.

Dortwegt led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a ground out to the pitcher by Billington. Sirus doubled to bring in Dortwegt. Mackenzie Tucker and Mollie Mitchell both had two hits in the first game. Dortwegt had two hits in game two.

“Kellie came up big for us,” said Peck. “Mackenzie works so hard. When you see somebody who works that hard have success it just makes it so much more satisfying.

“Lauren overall was one of our better hitters. I thought Mollie had some good at bats.”

Jacksonville won the game when Alexis Novak opened the inning with a solo home run.

Whitney Kiihnl, 9-4, threw a complete game. She struck out eight and walked two in taking the loss.

The Lady Bisons will not play again until April 4 when Campbell visits Draper Diamond for an A-Sun doubleheader.

The Lady Bisons are 22-7, 3-1 in the A-Sun. Jacksonville is 18-22, 3-7 in the conference.