First Place Ladies Take Aim at Oakland
Thursday, March 20, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team looks to keep its undefeated start to Summit League play going this weekend when it hosts Oakland in a three-game series. The Ladies are 6-0 in conference play and sit atop the standings after two series.


Centenary (17-15, 6-0 Summit) has been on fire lately, winning 15 of its last 17 games overall and eight in a row. The Ladies have used a combination of solid pitching and timely hitting to outscore league opponents 31-4 over its first six games. The Maroon and White are also playing well at home where they are a perfect 7-0.


Allison Shepperd leads the Ladies offensive attack with a .390 batting average to go along with a team-high 10 extra-base hits. She is second on the team with 14 RBI and is tops with nine stolen bases.


Haley Bassett is hitting .318 in her sophomore campaign with 13 RBI, while senior Lauren Flowers has been hot as of late. She is sporting a .296 batting average, but has hit .500 with six hits and five RBI in her last four games. She leads Centenary with 21 RBI on the season.


In the circle, the Ladies pitching staff has been stingy through the first six games of conference play, notching a microscopic 0.68 ERA. Ryan Thacker is 11-6 on the season and has won her last five starts, while Stacy Whitmer has found a rhythm, collecting wins in each of her last five decisions as well.


Oakland (9-7, 2-0 Summit) is also unbeaten in Summit League play, but has played just two games. The Golden Grizzlies defeated UMKC 3-2 and 12-2 last weekend before the Ladies played the Kangaroos during the week.


Oakland is led by the hitting of Kelsey Krych and Angela Righetti. Krych is batting .423 and Righetti is hitting .400 through 16 games. Caitlin Lynch is also a player to watch for the Golden Grizzlies. She went 3-for-6 last week against UMKC with two homeruns and a double to earn The Summit League Player of the Week award.


Jessica Granger carries the pitching staff with a 5-5 record and a 2.95 ERA. She tallied both wins for the Golden Grizzlies against UMKC last week. She has allowed 25 earned runs in 59.1 innings pitched while striking out 54 batters on the season.


The game can be heard via live streaming audio at www.GoCentenary.com for a small fee. The voice of the Ladies, Roy Lang III, will bring you the action in the first game on Friday at 4 p.m. and again at noon on Saturday. A volunteer replacement for Lang will call the second game of the twin bill on Friday.