Ladies Look for School Record 12th Straight Win
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team can tie the school record for the longest winning streak in a single season with a victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday. A win would give the Ladies 12 straight and would improve their home record to 11-0.


Centenary (20-15) steps outside of Summit League play with single games scheduled with Southeastern Louisiana at home on Wednesday and on the road at Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday. Both contests will begin at 6 p.m. and can be heard via live audio through Centenary’s official athletics website, www.GoCentenary.com.


The Ladies have won 18 of their last 20 games overall and have swept through conference play. Centenary discarded IUPUI, UMKC, and Oakland to run to the top of The Summit League standings at 9-0.


The Centenary pitching staff has done an outstanding job of holding its opponents to very little offense while the Ladies’ hitters have come through with clutch hits. Centenary has outscored its opponents 56-6 during its 11-game win streak.


Ryan Thacker fronts the pitching rotation with a 13-6 mark, while Stacy Whitmer (6-5) has won her last six decisions. Lauren Highsmith, this week’s Summit League Pitcher of the Week, leads the conference and the nation with five saves.


Offensively, Allison Shepperd still leads the way with her lofty .372 batting average and eight doubles. Haley Bassett (.323), Emerald Doria (.292), and Lauren Flowers (.291) have also been hitting well of late, with Flowers earning Summit League Player of the Week honors last week after blasting a pair of long balls to help the Ladies to victory.


Southeastern Louisiana (20-9) began its season winning nine of its first 11 games, but has slowed a bit in Southland Conference play. The Lions are 9-6 within their league, but are coming off of a three-game home sweep of Northwestern State. SELU outscored the Lady Demons 26-10 over the series.


Pitcher Rachel Ray has an 11-5 mark with a 2.49 earned run average. She has started 16 games and has struck out 102 batters in 104 innings. Jenna Yoder is 7-4 on the season in 11 starts.


Heather Sherrill is batting .402 with six homeruns and 29 RBI for the Lions. Katie Duhe is hitting .395 and is one of six Southeastern Louisiana players to have three or more dingers on the year.


Louisiana-Monroe (9-17) has lost its last three games, all coming at the hands of Troy University in Sun Belt Conference play. The Warhawks game with Louisiana Tech was cancelled, but ULM is scheduled to play two games with Nicholls State tonight.