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Lady Bisons split doubleheader with UT-Chattanooga

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Feb. 21, 2007

Game One

Game Two

The Lady Bisons may be young, but they are also powerful.

Wednesday afternoon at Frost Stadium in Chattanooga, the Lady Bisons split a doubleheader with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, winning the first game 8-2 and losing the nightcap 4-2.

In the first game the Lady Bisons were powered by homes runs from right fielder Leigh Little, third baseman Kellie Sirus and shortstop Abby Keese. The Lady Bisons had eight hits in the game.

The Lady Bisons scored three runs in the third inning when Little hit her first career home run over the left field fence. Kristie Sirus, who had reached base on a double to centerfield, and Lauren Dortwegt who was safe on a bunt single, scored on Little's round tripper.

"Leigh is really starting to come along," Lipscomb coach Kristin Peck said. "It was her first career home run, but Leigh has had that type of power. She has a smaller build so people don't realize that. She got all of that ball. It was fun to see her hit one like that."

With two outs in the fifth first baseman Heather Collins was safe on an error by the shortstop. Kellie Sirus hit her fourth home run of the season.

"When she swings, she gets all the way through the ball," Peck said. "We worked on that a lot in the fall. She does thatas well as anybody."

In the seventh Keese blasted a three-run home run.

Freshman right-hander Christen Campbell raised her record to 4-0, scattering 11 hits and striking out six. She did not walk a batter.

"Christen has still not been as sharp as she is capable of being," Peck said. "But she knows how to win a game. She knows how to get a big out when she needs one. She gave up 11 hits, but only two runs. That says a lot about her pitching and the defense she has behind her."

In game two Kim Jacobson walked five batters and allowed six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Christy Grisham relieved, allowing one hit and striking out three in 1 1/3 innings.

"Kim knows that the five walks hurt her," Peck said. "But she is a smart pitcher. She will have no problem bouncing back."

The Lady Bisons again connected for eight hits. They did not score until the seventh when Collins doubled to score Kristie Sirus who had reached base on a walk.

"If Heather continues to be a consistent hitter it is going to be a major help to us," Peck said. "She is finding her rhythm as a hitter."

Kellie Sirus then singled through the right side scoring Dortwegt who had reached base on a single up the middle. Dortwegt had three hits in the game.

The Lady Bisons, 6-2 to start the season, continue to build their confidence despite their young lineup.

"UT-Chattanooga is one of the top teams in the Southern Conference," Peck said. "We had never won here before. To win the first game with three home runs and to come back like we did in the second game says a lot about our character."