Ladies Put Streaks on the Line Against SDSU
Thursday, April 3, 2008

OMAHA, Neb.—The Centenary softball team dives back into Summit League play with a three-game set this Friday and Saturday on the road against South Dakota State. The Ladies 14-game overall win streak and perfect 9-0 record in conference action will be put on the line. The series will be played at Creighton University in Omaha due to snow in the Brookings, South Dakota, area.


Centenary has won 21 of its last 23 games and has its eyes set on the longest winning streak ever for any team at the school. That mark currently stands at 16 games set by the 1955-56 Gents basketball team. The Ladies already have the distinction of owning the longest winning streak of the last 50 years and the longest for any Centenary sport at the Division I level.


Centenary (23-15, 9-0 Summit) will take on a South Dakota State (11-19, 4-2 Summit) team that has done well in its first two series as a member of The Summit League. The Jackrabbits swept their series with IUPUI and took one of three games from perennial league power Southern Utah.


The SDSU pitching staff has allowed a lofty 181 runs over 30 games compared to Centenary’s 125 runs allowed in 38 games. Jenna Marston pitches almost every game for the Jackrabbits and is 11-15 in 28 appearances. She has an earned run average of 4.95 in 161.1 innings pitched.


South Dakota State is batting .279 as a team with nine total homeruns. The offense is led by Jessica Vineyard and Sam Heinzman. Vineyard is hitting a team-best .378 with 18 RBI, while Heinzman is batting .355 with a team-leading four dingers on the year.


The Ladies sport a team ERA of 2.89 and have allowed just one earned run in their last 43-plus innings, a span of over six games. Ryan Thacker is 14-6 on the year and 6-0 in The Summit League while Stacy Whitmer has won seven straight games and sits at 3-0 within the conference. In addition, Lauren Highsmith leads the league with six saves. The Ladies team ERA in league action is a miniscule 0.45.


Allsion Shepperd continues to lead Centenary in batting average at .381. Haley Bassett has played well in the month of March and is hitting an impressive .339. Lauren Flowers has a team-best 25 RBI and four homeruns. The Ladies are hitting .256 as a team with 17 homers.


Friday’s doubleheader is slated for a 3 p.m. first pitch and Saturday’s single game will start at 12 p.m.