Saturday, May 02, 2009Christen Campbell and her three home runs helped lead the Lady Bisons to a sweep over the Belmont Bruins Saturday night for Lipscomb’s last two games of the regular season.
The 5-1 and 4-0 wins at Draper Diamond clinched the No.2-seed in the conference tournament for the Lady Bisons.
Prior to the start of the game Philip Hutcheson, Lipscomb's Director of Athletics, presented Lady Bisons coach Kristin Peck with a plaque commemorating her 100th career victory.
Freshman Whitney Kiihnl (16-8) went the distance on the mound for the Lady Bisons, striking out seven and spreading six hits and two walks over seven innings.
Belmont’s lone run of the game came in the first inning when they took advantage of a double, sacrifice bunt, and a Bison throwing error.
Lipscomb quickly answered back, scoring four runs in the first inning, then one in the third.
“We had some timely hits with people on base and took advantage of some Belmont errors,” said Peck. “We had good pitching out of Whitney and some great defensive plays.”
Campbell hit her fourth and fifth homeruns of the season in the first game, accounting for three of Lipscomb’s runs. Courtney Billington was 2-4 at the plate, while Lauren Dortwegt, Caroline Mason, and Mackenzie Tucker each added a hit for the Bisons.
The Lady Bisons took a little longer to get going in the nightcap of the doubleheader, waiting to cross the plate until Kellie Sirus hit a two-run home run over left field in the third inning.
Campbell worsened the blow in the fifth inning, hitting her third home run of the night, going a perfect 3-3 in the game. Campbell had five RBI in the double header.
Dortwegt and catcher Mollie Mitchell each had two hits in the game.
Pitcher Alaina Jacobson (10-3) scattered four hits over seven innings, fanning two.
It was the 17th shut out of the season for the Bisons, extending their program record.
“Alaina threw a great game,” said Peck. “It was a great performance heading into the tournament. We need to build off this momentum.”
The Lady Bisons finish the regular season with a record of 37-12 (15-5 A-Sun), surpassing the previous win record of 29 set last season. No Lipscomb softball team in the NCAA era has ever lost less than 20 games in a season.
Belmont finishes their season with a record of 11-35 (3-17 A-Sun).
The Lady Bisons will leave Tuesday for DeLand, Fla. to compete in the conference tournament. They are scheduled to play fifth-seeded ETSU at 10 a.m. CDT Thursday, May 7.
This story was written by Katie Haab, student assistant in the Lipscomb athletics media relations department.
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