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Saturday, April 03, 2010The Lady Bisons traveled to Florida to continue conquering the Atlantic Sun conference and did just that with two wins over Jacksonville.
Whitney Kiihnl got the win on the mound for Lipscomb as she went the complete seven innings, giving up only one hit and striking out seven.
“Whit had a rough start,” said head coach Kristin Ryman, “but she ended up doing outstanding. It was not her best game and she will be the first to tell you that. But part way through the game she got back into a grove. She did enough to keep them off the board and keep the pressure on.”
The Lady Bisons got their first run of game one when Christen Campbell homered to left center. They scored again in the fifth on a single from Mollie Mitchell and again in the sixth when Abby Keese hit in Kiihnl.
The icing on the cake came from Courtney Billington with a home run in the seventh inning, sealing the deal 4-0 for the Bisons.
Keese went 2 for 4 with one RBI. Kiihnl helped herself out on the mound by going 2 for 3 in the batters’ box.
The Lady Bisons wasted no time in game two, putting away the Dolphins 7-0 to complete the sweep.
Campbell went five innings in the circle for the Lady Bisons, giving up two hits and striking out four. Alaina Jacobson threw the last two innings, striking out two and keeping Jacksonville hitless.
Campbell continued to shine through the day as she hit a three-run homer in the third inning, giving the Lady Bisons a comfortable 3-0 lead.
“Christen is such a gamer,” said Ryman. “She’s that person that you always feel like you need her on the field. Campbell has come on strong here lately and it’s great to see out of her.”
Lipscomb added onto their lead in the fourth when Billington hit a triple to bring two runs across the plate and then again by capitalizing on a Jacksonville error.
The Lady Bisons managed to get another run across the plate in the sixth to make the score 7-0, a score that would be good enough to get Lipscomb their second win of the night and bring their record to 27-7 overall, 6-0 in the Atlantic Sun.
Billington was a perfect 4 for 4 in the game. Lauren Dortwegt, Keese and Campbell each added two hits.
“Christen, Courtney and Abby definitely stood out today,” said Ryman. “Those three had really big days today. It’s nice to see middle of our order coming back. We feel great right now. We got some outstanding performances today. We are very proud of our hitters, adjusting through each game.
“Pitching wise, we are as strong as we’ve ever been. We are very proud of where we are. We still have a lot of season left. So now it’s time to move on and be ready for next game.”
Jacksonville falls to 22-14 overall, 1-5 in the conference.
The Lady Bisons continue conference play tomorrow at 1 p.m CT at North Florida.
Story Written by Katie Haab, student assistant in the Athletic Media Relations Office