First Place on the Line for Ladies and NDSU
Thursday, April 17, 2008

SHREVEPORT – With the season coming to a close shortly, the Centenary and North Dakota State softball teams will do battle in a pivotal three-game series starting on Friday at 4:00 p.m.


The Ladies (28-20, 12-3) are just a few percentage points behind the Bison (30-12, 7-1), whose lone loss came against UMKC back on March 29. NDSU was supposed to play South Dakota State on Wednesday, but due to wet field conditions the series was postponed.


Centenary, meanwhile, comes into this weekend on a three–game winning streak that was extended with a 3-1 victory over Alcorn State on Wednesday.


In Wednesday’s game, the Ladies were led by sophomore Beth Krysiak, who was 2-for-3, while Allison Shepperd and Amy Wiedeman each picked-up an RBI. In the circle, Ryan Thacker notched her 15th win after pitching 4.2 innings of one-hit softball.


This season, Shepperd leads Centenary with a .344 batting average, but is tied with Allison McClain for first in triples (2) and is second in RBIs (29). Haley Bassett has also done a nice job at the dish this season, as she is hitting .341, but tops the teams with 47 hits.


NDSU’s offense is led by Melissa Chmielews, who is hitting a robust .427, with eight doubles, nine home runs and 45 RBIs. Kelly Cantrell is second on the team in long balls with seven, but is hitting just .270 with 33 hits


The pitching staff is anchored by Allison Bakke, who is 20-5 with minimal 1.62 ERA and has allowed just 48 runs. Bekki Rasmussen has also done well on the mound, as she holds a 7-6 record in 107.2 innings of work. 


Following the weekend series with NDSU, Centenary will travel down I-49 to play Northwestern State on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.