The Lady Bisons are 18-1 and have won their last 16 games. Tennessee Tech, an Ohio Valley Conference team, is 8-9.
“The first game I thought we came out and attacked the ball well,” Lady Bisons coach Kristin Ryman said. “I thought we put some good hits together.”
Right-hander Whitney Kiihnl pitched game one and recorded her fourth shutout. She is 12-0 overall. Kiihnl allowed one hit, walked two and struck out nine.
It was the 11th shutout for the Lady Bisons. They set a new school program record last season with 17.
“Tennessee Tech has been a little bit streaky this season,” Ryman said. “They are traditionally in an NCAA regional or in the position to have a good shot to be in a regional. They have all the tools to put it together at the right moment.”
The Lady Bisons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. They added two more in the seventh on two-run homer to left field by second baseman Abby Keese.
Keese and shortstop Courtney Billington each had two hits. Billington hit a double.
In game two, Christen Campbell opened on the mound for the Lady Bisons. She pitched five innings, scattering four hits and allowing one run. She walked one and struck out three. She is 4-0 for the season.
Kiihnl threw the final two innings. She struck out four and walked one. She did not give up a hit on the way to the save.
“The second game was probably one of our weaker games this year,” Ryman said. “Our pitching was very strong. Christen Campbell gave us five good innings. And Whitney came in and closed it out.”
Again the Lady Bisons struck first, this time with one run in the first inning. They added one more in the third.
“We scored in the first inning without a hit,” Ryman said. “Lauren Dortwegt reached on an error. The ball was dropped and she was safe a first. She went all the way to third on a bunt by Courtney Billington who was out on the play. Then Lauren scored on a sacrifice fly by Kellie.”
The Lady Bisons had three hits, all singles.
“The approach of our hitters was not there as well in the second game,” Ryman said. “It is definitely unusual for us to get only three hits and pull out a win.
“We did enough good things to overcome a lack of hitting and our defense which was not that great. We are proud that we can find little things to help us pull out a win.”
Thursday afternoon the Lady Bisons are back home for a doubleheader rematch with Evansville. The Lady Bisons closed out the Lady Bisons Classic Sunday with an 8-0 win over the Lady Aces.
The first game begins at 3.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations