Ladies Drop Two in Marriott Houston Classic
Friday, February 22, 2008

HOUSTON—The Centenary softball team opened play in the Marriott Houston Classic hosted by the University of Houston with a pair of losses to Texas State and Kansas on Friday. The Ladies struggled to put runs on the board, getting shut out twice in going down 2-0 to the Bobcats and 4-0 to the Jayhawks.


Centenary (2-11) got off to a rough start in game one against Texas State when, in the top of the first inning, pitcher Stacy Whitmer (0-3) issued a walk to the lead-off hitter. The next batter grounded out, but Whitmer walked the next hitter and then both runners moved up a base on an illegal pitch. An infield single plated both players to give Texas State a 2-0 lead on just one hit.


Whitmer was replaced by Ryan Thacker, who pitched the final 6.2 innings of the game. The sophomore allowed only two base runners on a walk and a hit in shutting down the Bobcats the rest of the way.


Texas State (5-6) shut down the Ladies offense and surrendered just three hits in the contest. Brittany Williams, Lyn Virdell, and Jennifer Martin each collected singles for Centenary in the loss.


Kansas (10-3) got on the board in the second inning of the second game to take an early lead. A lead-off double, a groundout, and a sacrifice fly manufactured a run to put the Jayhawks on top 1-0.


The Ladies had a chance to score in the top of the inning, but Bonnie Matak was thrown out at the plate trying to tag up on a fly ball to center field off the bat of Lauren Flowers.


The score remained 1-0 until the fifth inning when Kansas broke through for two more runs. Wildness again struck the Ladies pitching staff as a lead-off walk and a single put two runners on base. A pair of wild pitches moved the runners up two bases and pushed a run across. A two-out single brought home the third run of the game for the Jayhawks and Kansas added its final run in the sixth inning.


Lauren Highsmith (0-4) picked up the loss for Centenary, giving up four runs in five innings on eight hits and two walks. Thacker pitched a scoreless inning in relief.


Martin and Williams, along with Haley Bassett and Allison McClain, all tallied hits in the loss.


The Ladies return to action on Saturday when they face Cal State-Northridge and #16 Houston at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively.