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Turnin' Two with Allison McClain
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

4/1/08

 

Welcome back. It’s time to get busy on the dirt diamond for another great week of softball. Last week proved to be an exciting few days as we captured two big wins over in-state rivals, Southeastern Louisiana and the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

 

After being told the school record was on the line for the most consecutive wins in a single season by the softball program here at Centenary, we set out to make this year the year to remember.

 

On Wednesday of last week, we hosted Southeastern in a single game. Not having played them in several years, we had nothing to expect. The only thing we knew prior to the game was that their season was on a high like ours, winning 20+ games thus far.

 

Like many of you already know from the cheers and roars when we plated our final run in the bottom of the eighth inning, we won 4-3. Great defensive plays from junior outfielder Leslie Postles and junior shortstop Emerald Doria allowed pitching to remain dominant and in control the entire night.

 

Clutch hits from myself, sophomore catcher Haley Bassett, and sophomore third baseman Allison Shepperd proved to be all we needed to win and push our win streak to an astonishing 12 games in our first extra-inning ball game of the season.

 

With little sleep and less than a day to break the record, we piled in vans Thursday afternoon and headed to ULM to face the Lady Warhawks on their home field.

 

We used 10 hits and solid pitching to take the win in a dramatic 7-1 fashion. This marked the new school record for most consecutive wins with 13 and counting. Shepperd, Bassett, and senior outfielder Amy Wiedeman each collected two hits on the night and it proved to be enough to head home with smiles on our faces.

 

This past weekend was our conference bye weekend as we were able to enjoy the weekend off, where many of my teammates spent Saturday participating in the BIG EVENT hosted by Centenary. Though I missed out on a fun-filled Saturday volunteering, I used my weekend to gain more experience on my quest to fulfill my ultimate career.

 

I had the opportunity to spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in New Orleans (by the way, it was my first time in the Big Easy) working as a Media Relations intern for the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Many of you already know my aspirations are to work in professional sports preferably in Media Relations, so this experience was right up my alley.

 

This regional (Sweet 16) tournament consisted of top-seed North Carolina, LSU, Oklahoma State, and Louisville. Being a fan of basketball and having played my entire life, this opportunity to see the best-of-the-best in the country play was amazing.

 

I specifically worked during the Saturday games as a stat runner to ESPN and local radio stations during media timeouts. The coolest part of that day was being behind the scenes during press conferences with ESPN and the starting lineups and famous coaches.

 

Along with working with the media, I was able to sit next to ESPN sportscaster Beth Mowins. If any of you ever watch the Women’s College World Series, she is the lead broadcaster in Oklahoma City every year.

 

The weekend was such a great experience and I was able to meet and greet with many important people who could one day be my boss. The most important aspect of the whole trip was the fact that so many people don’t realize how much work goes into preparing for a televised national event like this one.

 

With teams like LSU and North Carolina, great things are expected out of the players and coaches, but so much more is expected by the workers behind the scenes preparing the media for such a high-profile event.

 

After making it home from New Orleans, I realized the break was over. Though it was needed, with only five weeks of school remaining, we have a little more work to accomplish on the softball field before any of us are satisfied with the season.

 

We host SFA tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. at our complex. Then we pack our things and fly out to play South Dakota State for our fourth Summit League series. Because of expected snow in Brookings, SD, we will play our series in Omaha, Nebraska beginning Friday at 3 p.m.

 

So, come out Wednesday and watch us continue our win streak to 14 games.

Wish us luck! Go Ladies!

 

See you next week!

 

“I come to play everyday.” –David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

 

For the love of the game,

-Allison McClain