May 21, 2010

*Courtesy of Lipscomb University Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Lipscomb Lady Bisons combined speed, hitting and a three-hit pitching performance by Whitney Kiihnl in a 4-1 win Friday afternoon in the first game of the NCAA Regional.

It marked only the second time since 2002 that an Atlantic Sun Conference school has won the opening game in an NCAA Regional. The last time it happened was in 2006 when former conference member Florida Atlantic beat Florida 2-0.

Lady Bisons coach Kristin Ryman stressed the importance of her team striking first offensively, especially since they were the visiting team.

They put one run on the board in the first inning and added two in the second and one in the fifth.

The run in the first inning was the result of doubles from Mackenzie Tucker and Courtney Billington.

The remaining runs were the result of beating out infield hits, timely sac bunts and overall smart base running.

UAB's Blazers broke the shutout in when Kayla Orr drove a home run over the center field wall to lead off the seventh inning.

Kiihnl had beaten UAB 1-0 on a no-hitter April 20 at Draper Diamond.

The Lady Bisons raised their record to 49-11, tying the all-time victory mark set in the NAIA era under coach Andy Lane in 1997.

The win total also ties Florida Atlantic for fourth on the A-Sun all-time victories list. Florida Atlantic had 49 wins in 1994. UAB is 36-21.