Tough Luck Continues for Ladies
Saturday, April 19, 2008

SHREVEPORT – In the first three innings on Saturday it was smooth sailing for both starting pitchers, as Ryan Thacker and Bekki Rasmussen each allowed just one base hit. However, in the fourth Centenary was able to strike first, but couldn’t hold the lead against North Dakota State, falling, 6-1, in Summit League play.


In the Ladies (27-23, 12-6) fourth, Emerald Doria and Allison Shepperd had back-to-back hits to help kick start their offense. But the bad luck continues for Centenary, as it had bases loaded with one down and could only bring Doria around to score on an RBI ground out by Allison McClain.


Thacker, who went three innings to start the game, was pulled for Stacy Whitmer (10-9), who had a solid fifth.


But in the sixth there was a bit of controversy, as Elisa Victa looked as though she got a clean bunt off. However, the home plate umpire said she fouled it off her foot, striking an argument between NDSU’s head coach Darren Mueller and the ump. After the brief confrontation, Mueller was ejected, which lit a fire for the Bison, as they scored three times in that inning. 


In the seventh, NDSU (33-12, 10-1) put the game away when it scored three more runs, as Aimee Enzler hit a two-run homer and Kelly Cantrell singled in a run. Enzler led the Bison offense with a 2-for-4 afternoon and four RBIs, while Laurel Pipkin was also 2-for-4.


Leading the Ladies offense was Jennifer Martin, who was 2-for-3, with a single and a double.


Centenary’s next action will be on Wednesday against I-49 rival Northwestern State at 5:30 p.m. The Ladies will return home on Saturday to play Western Illinois in a Summit League doubleheader.