Ladies Head Back to the Field after Short Break
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team has been idle since last Thursday’s school record 13th straight victory over Louisiana-Monroe. The Ladies received their bye weekend in Summit League play a few days ago and Coach Mark Montgomery gave the team the weekend off. It’s now time for Centenary to dig back in as it puts its win streak on the line at home against a tough Stephen F. Austin team on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.


Centenary (22-15) has won 20 of its last 22 games overall, including a perfect stretch of 9-0 in conference action. However, one of the Ladies two losses in this outstanding run came at the hands of SFA. The Lady Jacks downed Centenary 8-0 in the opening game of the Oklahoma State Tournament more than three weeks ago. 


The hot bats of sophomores Allison Shepperd and Haley Bassett continue to lead the Ladies offensively. Shepperd is hitting a robust .394 on the season to lead the team. She also leads the Ladies in hits, doubles, total bases, slugging, on-base percentage, and stolen bases.


Bassett totes a .340 batting average into the SFA game and is just one hit behind Shepperd with 36 on the year. She is also one double behind Shepperd with nine. Meanwhile, senior Lauren Flowers’ 25 RBIs are second best in The Summit League.


The Ladies pitching staff has been phenomenal of late and has lowered its team earned run average to 2.97. Ryan Thacker leads the way with a record of 14-6 and a 2.35 ERA. She has struck out 92 batters in 116 innings pitched.


Stacy Whitmer has won six straight decisions to improve to 6-5 on the campaign with a 2.88 ERA. She struck out 12 hitters in only six innings last week. Closer Lauren Highsmith has struck out 52 batters in 48 innings and leads The Summit League with five saves.


Stephen F. Austin (23-14) has won eight of its last 10 games and is also playing well. The Lady Jacks have a team ERA of 2.11, which is led by freshman Monika Covington. The left-hander is 12-7 on the season with 123 strikeouts in 127 innings in the circle.


At the plate, Kendal Harper is leading the charge with an average of .404. She has also stolen 16 bases. Jessica Tullos has seven long balls on the year, as does Ashley Strutchemeyer. As a team, SFA has blasted 33 homeruns thus far in 2008.


There is a connection between the two teams as SFA assistant coach Craig Snider is a Centenary graduate and was a former assistant coach under Mark Montgomery with the Ladies program for two years. He will be making his first return to his alma mater as a coach in the opposing dugout.


The game can be heard via live streaming audio on www.GoCentenary.com brought to you by the voice of the Ladies, Roy Lang III.