The Lady Bisons are 31-7 overall. Tennessee State is 9-22.
The shutout in the second game was the 20th of the season for the Lady Bisons.
“Anytime you can keep a team off the boards it means your pitching staff is doing an outstanding job,” Lady Bisons coach Kristin Ryman said. “Our pitchers work extremely hard. They are very self-disciplined.”
The Lady Bisons have won their last 11 games.
“We want to give ourselves the chance to get an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament,” Ryman said. “Win totals aren’t the only thing the committee looks at. But it does catch other people’s eyes.
“We have had some good wins lately against some good pitchers and some good hitting teams. If we continue to play our game at the end of the season we are going to put ourselves in a good position.”
Alaina Jacobson started for the Lady Bisons in game two. She pitched a complete game, allowing five hits. She walked one and struck out six. She is 2-3 for the season.
“Alaina’s performance in this game is what she is capable of every game,” Ryman said. “I think some of it is a confidence thing. Christen Campbell has pitched so well that Alaina hasn’t had the opportunity to start in awhile.
“I am proud of her. She took advantage of the opportunity when she was given it. I still feel confident in using Alaina in conference games. When we do need her to throw in conference games she is going to be ready. We expect a lot out of her.”
Abby Keese started game two at the plate like she did in game one with a two-run home run.
The Lady Bisons added another run in the fifth when Kellie Sirus doubled deep to center field to bring home Lacy Walker who was pinch-running for Keese.
Lauren Dortwegt, Sirus, Courtney Billington and Whitney Kiihnl each had two hits. The Lady Bisons collected 10 in the game.
“Kellie is starting to hit the ball a lot better,” Ryman said.
In game one the Lady Bisons jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning sparked by a pair of two-run home runs by Keese and Christen Campbell.
Kiihnl hit a grand slam inside-the-park home run to account for all of the runs in the third inning. Kiihnl drove in five runs, an individual season high for a game.
Billington added a solo shot in the fourth.
Mackenzie Tucker and Mollie Mitchell each pounded out a double.
“One through nine we have got a team that never gives the other team a break,” Ryman said. “We talk all the time about keeping the pressure on the other team. We did that against TSU.”
Tennessee State scored two runs in the fourth on a two-run Caitlin Eaton.
Kiihnl started on the mound for the Lady Bisons. She did give up a hit or run in three innings. She struck out four and walked one on the way to her 20th win of the season.
Ali Watson threw the final two innings. She gave up three hits and two runs.
“It was nice to be able to get Whitney out of the game and give her some rest,” Ryman said. “It was good to give Ali some innings.”
The game was called after five innings due to the score.
The Lady Bisons return to Atlantic Sun play this weekend in Georgia with stops at Mercer Friday and Kennesaw State Saturday.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.