Softball Plays Four Times This Weekend
Friday, February 13, 2009

SHREVEPORT – Coming off of a 4-1 weekend, which includes defeating Boston College in extra innings, the Centenary softball team will now travel to Louisiana-Monroe for the Mardi Gras Tournament.


Offensively the Ladies were led by several key contributors last weekend; freshman Lindsey Smith, who batted a team-high .357, with five RBIs and three doubles. Junior Emerald Doria smacked three home runs, including two lead-off jacks, while classmate Allison Shepperd cranked a game-winning three-run, home run against BC.


Anchoring the circle for Centenary was Hillary Phillips and Jessica Bock, who went 4-1 in 37.2 innings pitched. In her first career start, Phillips threw a no-hitter and allowed just three base runners, while fanning seven.


The Ladies first foe this weekend will be Central Arkansas, who is 2-4 and coming off of a doubleheader sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Offensively for the Sugar Bears, Julie Essary is batting .417 with three RBIs, while Kelly Martino has a 1.29 ERA with 14 strikeouts.


Southeast Missouri has played just one game, and it was an 11-0 win over Jackson State. The Redhawks have three that are batting 1.000, but Renee Kertz has three hits, while Shelby Stein had four RBIs. Whitney Dupuis and Giana Zimmerman combined to pitch five innings and strike out six.


The final opponent for the weekend will be ULM, who is 2-2 after beating Iona and Kennesaw State last week. Brianna Love is topping the Warhawks offense with a .364 average and two triples, while Megan Miller has drove in five runs. ULM’s pitching staff has a 4.67 ERA and has allowed 21 runs, but has struck out 25 in 27 innings.


Following this weekend’s action, the Ladies will play at Grambling on Tuesday and then play host to ULM on Wednesday. The game against the Warhawks will be on www.GoCentenary.com with the pregame show starting five minutes before first pitch.