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Lady Bisons softball team meets ACC power Florida State

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

March 18, 2008

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team has combined a lot of work with a little play in Florida the past few days.

After winning three-of-four Atlantic Sun games, the Lady Bisons face one of their biggest challenges Tuesday afternoon when they play a double-header against Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse Florida State.

"For us to get an opportunity to play a program like theirs is an honor for our program," said Lady Bisons coach Kristin Peck. "They have a much storied program. We are going to walk in and hopefully play the way we are capable of and give ourselves a shot.

"We are playing well right now. We have a lot of confidence built up in our last few games. If we can limit our mistakes and go in and hit the ball we are going to do some good things and hang right with them."

The Lady Bisons are 11-12 overall. Florida State is 21-9, 12-7 at home.

"They make a lot of things happen with their athleticism and speed," Peck said. "We have a challenge ahead of us, but it is a fun challenge to put up our best against their best and see what happens."

Christen Campbell (6-4, 4.10) will start the first game for the Lady Bisons. Alaina Jacobson (3-2, 4.04) or Kim Jacobson (2-6, 5.47) will start the second game.

"Alaina and Kim work well as a combination," Peck said. "We are not 100 percent sure about the second game. We will kind of see how game one goes."

The Lady Bisons split with UNF Friday, losing 1-0 and winning 5-4. Saturday they swept Jacksonville by scores of 4-3 and 4-0.

"To go on the road in our conference and walk way with three-out-of-four games is definitely a good weekend and a great start," said Peck. "We feel good about how we are playing right now. There are still a lot of little things we need to work on, but the way we are playing right now speaks for itself.

"UNF is a team that is going to do good things in our conference. Jacksonville is a very much improved team from a year ago."

Alaina Jacobson was one of the stars in the A-Sun games. She won two games in two outings, one as a starter, and one as a reliever. Jacobson allowed only one earned run in compiling an ERA of 0.8. She threw a complete game, four-hit shutout against Jacksonville in a 4-0 decision, the first shutout of the year for the Lady Bisons, and pitched 4.1 innings against UNF in the win there.

"Alaina works hard all the time," Peck said. "She is in great shape. She is one of those people who are very dedicated to the little things.

"Alaina is not a strikeout pitcher. She has to rely on her defense. A lot of the balls put in play against her are dinky little pop ups and weak ground balls. If we can limit the big hits against her she is going to be very successful."

This and that: Center fielder Lauren Dortwegt had two hits in each game against Jacksonville. Shortstop Abby Keese had two hits in one of the Jacksonville games. They are tied for the team lead in multiple-hit games with eight each.

Keese hit a solo home run with two outs in the seventh against UNF for a 5-4 win. She has eight home runs for the season, six short of last season's 14 as a freshman.

Keese and third baseman Kellie Sirus both have six-game hitting streaks. Keese ended a 12-game hitting streak two weeks ago, the longest on the team. Sirus also ended a 10-game streak, the second longest on the team.