Ladies Split Day 1 at Mizuno Classic
Saturday, March 8, 2008

STILLWATER, Okla.—After being delayed a day due to snow and frigid temperatures, the Centenary softball team finally opened play in the Mizuno Classic hosted by Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Ladies lost in the opener 8-0 to Stephen F. Austin before bouncing back to defeat Texas Wesleyan 11-4.


Against SFA (13-10), the Ladies could not manage to get the clutch hit offensively. Centenary (9-14) had six hits and a pair of walks in the game, but stranded eight runners on base.


Pitcher Ryan Thacker (5-5) threw two scoreless innings to begin the game but ran into trouble in the third. A double with one out and then a two-out single and a homer brought in three runs for SFA. The blast was followed by four more hits to give the Lady Jacks three more runs and a 6-0 lead.


Stacy Whitmer relieved Thacker and neither team scored again until the sixth inning. SFA plated two in the sixth on a bunt single, a triple, and a double that ended the game by eight-run rule.


Emerald Doria continued to sizzle in her return from injury, going 3-for-3 in the loss. Haley Bassett went 2-for-3 and Lauren Flowers was 1-for-2 with a walk for the Ladies.


Centenary used 11 hits in the second game of the day against Texas Wesleyan (4-11) and a seven-run fourth inning to put the game away.


The Ladies jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the second inning, while cashing in on just one hit. Flowers reached on an error and Bassett followed with a single through the right side, sending Flowers to third. Allison McClain then brought Flowers home on a ground ball. The fielder tried to get Flowers at the plate, but was too late, allowing McClain to reach safely as well.


Bassett advanced to third on the play and scored on a sacrifice fly from Lyn Virdell and McClain later scored on another TWU fielding error.


Texas Wesleyan answered with three runs in the top of the third off of Centenary starter Lauren Highsmith, but the Ladies responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame on a pair of doubles by Allison Shepperd and Bassett.


Thacker entered the game for Centenary and surrendered a homerun to her first batter, allowing the opponent to tie the game again at 4-4. But the Ladies blew open the game in their half of the fourth with a seven-run rally and never looked back.


After three straight one-out singles, Doria’s fielder’s choice grounder brought home Jennifer Martin to put Centenary on top again with two outs. Shepperd then singled up the middle to push Bonnie Matak across and Texas Wesleyan made a pitching change.


Flowers welcomed the new arm into the game with a ringing double that plated Doria and Shepperd and Bassett singled home Flowers. Later, Virdell’s infield single scored Bassett and McClain scored on a throwing error to make the score 11-4.


Thacker (6-5) settled down and tossed the final four innings for the win. She gave up only the one run on four hits while striking out seven.


Bassett finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, giving her five hits in the doubleheader. Shepperd also went 3-for-4 with two runs, Flowers added two runs and two RBI, McClain scored twice, and Virdell had two RBI.