Ladies Execute in Sweep of Grambling
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The hot Centenary softball team extended its win streak to six games with a pair of victories over Grambling State at the Centenary Softball Complex on Wednesday. The Ladies used clutch hitting and dominating pitching performances to shutout the Lady Tigers 10-0 and 5-0.


Centenary (8-13) exploded for six runs in the second inning of the opening game to give starting pitcher Lauren Highsmith all the run support she would need. With one out and Allison Shepperd on third (single) and Lauren Flowers on second (walk), Amy Wiedeman belted a two-strike pitch over the left field fence for her third homerun of the season.


Leading 3-0, Lyn Virdell walked and Jennifer Martin singled in front of another three-run shot, this one off the bat of Emerald Doria. Doria was seeing her first action in a month after missing 17 games due to injury. Her bat was a welcome addition to the lineup on Wednesday.


The Ladies added another run in the third on a Wiedeman RBI groundout and posted three more in the bottom of the fourth inning. Shepperd delivered the first blow with a scorching double that scored two and Flowers followed with a run-scoring single to center field.


Highsmith (1-4) struggled with command issues in the early going, but settled down to pick up her first collegiate victory. She walked five in the five-inning complete game, but struck out seven, while scattering two hits in the shutout.


Game two remained a scoreless affair until the fourth inning when Shepperd connected on another sharply hit ball to score Bonnie Matak. Flowers then tallied her team-leading 13th RBI on the year with a single to plate Shepperd.


In the fifth, Martin reached on a Grambling fielding error and Doria struck again with a triple down the left field line. Haley Bassett’s grounder brought Doria home for a 4-0 lead.


The Ladies added an insurance run in the sixth frame to round out the scoring on the day.


Pitcher Stacy Whitmer (2-5) was nearly untouchable in the nightcap, going the distance, striking out a career-high 10 batters and walking only one. She allowed just three hits in seven innings of work.


The Centenary pitching staff has now gone 20 consecutive innings without surrendering a run to an opponent.


Offensively, Shepperd increased her team-best batting average to .476 with a 3-for-5 effort, which included two doubles, four runs and three RBI. Wiedeman’s day ended with four RBI, Flowers went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, and Doria collected two runs and four RBI in her return.


The Ladies will look to keep the momentum going when they participate this weekend in the Oklahoma State Tournament. Centenary opens with Stephen F. Austin and Texas Wesleyan at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively on Friday.