AROUND the HORN with Allison McClain
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hi! It’s about that time to welcome you back to another week of Around the Horn. I come to you today before heading off on another road trip.

With about a month remaining until the end of the school year, Summit League play has kicked into full gear and has again, proven to be a very competitive race.

Entering this last weekend of conference play with a record of 4-3, we knew in order to still have the chance to compete for the regular season title, we would have to come out and take care of business in all aspects of the game.

Hosting South Dakota State for the first time was exciting especially after dominating Friday’s double-header. Playing consistently strong throughout with several tireless pitching performances, solid defense, and timely hitting, our level of intensity and winning ways led us to the needed victories..

The most difficult aspect of league play is trying to beat a team all three times. It is always nice to win a series by taking 2-of-3, but to sweep an opponent all three times is so much better.

Coming into Saturday’s game, we understood the difficulty, yet importance the single game had on our momentum as we reach the halfway point in Summit League play. We played the Jackrabbits in a close game, but pulled off the 1-0 win in conference, moving us into third place.

By winning games, we control our own destiny from here on out. We feel like after having a successful weekend, many positives open up and ultimately define who we are as the Centenary Ladies.

With only five more scheduled home games, we look to build and improve on staying consistent through the end. The focus on the “little things” will only contribute to a run for the title.

For the next two weeks, we will be on the road, facing SFA this Wednesday before traveling to IUPUI for another fun road trip. Next week will send us to Arkansas and then to Oakland.

This weekend’s series against the Jaguars is one of the most important, especially after traveling there two years ago and not seeing the field due to freezing temperatures.

But before we play again, I have another teammate to introduce. A catcher and Bossier City native, she has provided some needed offense during the SDSU series...


I bring to you...

Haley Bassett #6



Bossier City, LA

Airline HS

AM: Major/Minor?

HB: Health and Exercise Science

AM: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

HB: married, kids, job...the ushe

AM: If there is one song that describes your life at the moment, what is it?

HB: “Whoa Oh” by Forever the Sickest Kids

AM: One place you hope to visit one day?

HB: Australia for the Koala Bears

AM: Centenary softball...

HB: Never a dull moment...

AM: If you were an animal, what would it be and why?

HB:  A Hamster so I could be biffles with Wheezy

AM: I must always have ____________________ on road trips.

HB: my phone

AM: What is something very few people know about you?

HB: I was Valedictorian

AM: Describe yourself in 3 words.

HB: always sometimes hilarious

AM: I daydream a lot about...

HB: life

AM: Happiness...

HB: yes, please!

AM: If you could be the star in any musical, what would it be?

HB: If I was going to star in something, I assure you, it would not be a musical.

AM: My batting songs are...

HB: “Shout” by The Isley Brothers and “Push It” by Salt and Peppa

AM: Celebrity crush?

HB: Channing Tatum

AM: Favorite quote?

HB: “Life’s a joke. It’s all a matter of how well you tell it.”

As many of you may or may not know, I will be interning with the Houston Astros Baseball Club this summer as the Media Relations intern. I say this only because opening day has come and pass, so now you will be hearing a lot about the team that will consume most of my time for the next three months.

A transition year it seems for the Astros, yet who could deny that Minute Maid Ballpark is one of the best venues in all of baseball.

Well, it’s time I say goodbye for this week.

But, until next week...

Go Ladies!

“I come to play everyday.” –David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

For the love of the game,

-Allison McClain #8