Ladies Look to Seal Top Seed at IPFW
Thursday, May 1, 2008

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Centenary softball team has locked up its fifth straight berth into The Summit League Softball Tournament in as many years in the conference. The Ladies are assured of no worse than the third seed, but they control their own destiny in earning a higher slot depending on the outcome of their series at IPFW this weekend.


Centenary (32-23, 15-6 Summit) would have the third seed in next weekend’s tournament if it lost all three of its games at IPFW and Southern Utah won all three of its contests at North Dakota State.


One win this weekend against the Mastodons would clinch the second seed in the tournament for the Ladies no matter how Southern Utah fares at NDSU. A Centenary win combined with a Southern Utah loss would be the best scenario for the Maroon and White, as the Ladies would then be the top seed.


Centenary is currently in second place in the league standings, but NDSU is ineligible for this year’s tournament due to their rather recently acquired Division I status. South Dakota State sits just percentage points out of the top four, but they are ineligible this season as well.


Southern Utah and IPFW have clinched spots in the tournament. Western Illinois, UMKC, and Oakland are all still alive and fighting for the fourth and final spot.


The Ladies are the only team to have played all of their Summit League contests (21) this season. Poor weather conditions in the north have forced the cancellations of several key conference series. Centenary’s opponent this weekend, IPFW, has played only 13 league games.


The Ladies enter their series with IPFW (15-20, 7-6 Summit) having won five games in a row, which included a three-game sweep of Western Illinois. Centenary has also won eight of its last 11 overall. The Maroon and White have gone 30-10 over their last 40 games since ending their tough early season tournament schedule.


The Mastodons have won seven of their last 10 games overall, and have gone 5-1 in their last two Summit League series against IUPUI and Oakland. They split their two-game series with Southern Utah (third game was rained out) and did not play league-leader NDSU or SDSU. IPFW’s final game at Western Illinois was also cancelled due to weather conditions after the Mastodons dropped the first two contests.  


Centenary and IPFW have never met in the history of the two programs.


Friday’s doubleheader will start at 3 p.m. and Saturday’s single game will begin at noon. Live stats will be provided by IPFW and can be accessed through the Centenary softball schedule page at www.GoCentenary.com.