Ladies Hammer Louisiana Tech 10-2
Wednesday, March 8, 2006


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CC-LaTech Box Score 3-8-06


Micah Rhodes

Lauren Flowers

Allison McClain

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team collected 14 hits and cruised behind the pitching of Ashley Lail to throttle Louisiana Tech 10-2 Wednesday evening at the Centenary Softball Complex. The win is the third straight for the Ladies over the I-20 rival Lady Techsters, as the Maroon and White swept the two meetings last season.

 

Centenary (13-7) received timely hitting from slugger Micah Rhodes as the junior went 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBI to up her team-leading batting average to .491 on the season.

 

Rhodes put the Ladies first runs on the board with a two-out single in the third inning. The hard grounder up the middle plated Emerald Doria immediately but an errant throw by the Louisiana Tech first baseman while attempting to catch Lauren Flowers trying to advance from first to third base, sailed down the left field line. Flowers scored and Rhodes, who never stopped running on the play, came all the way around to stake the Ladies to a 3-0 lead.

 

Centenary benefited again on a poor throw from the Tech defense in the fifth inning. Flowers singled home Dana Davis from third and moved all the way to third base when the left fielder overshot her toss into second base. Rhodes followed with another hard single up the middle and three batters later, Allison McClain’s base hit pushed two more runs across for a 6-0 advantage.

 

Lail kept the Lady Techsters off balance the entire contest as she mixed her change-up in frequently and then fired her rise ball past the hitters. The freshman improved to 9-3 on the season with five innings of shutout, two-hit ball while striking out seven. Jessica Ivins closed out the game, allowing two runs in the sixth inning on three hits.

 

The Ladies slammed the door closed in their last at-bat as Brittney Broussard reached to led off the frame on a fielding error by the Tech third baseman. Two outs later, Flowers tripled past a diving right fielder to score Amy Wiedeman who re-entered for Broussard. Rhodes then laced a sizzling double to the gap in left-center to plate Flowers and pinch hitter Leslie Postles’ infield single scored Rhodes. McClain then collected her third RBI by singling home the final run which ended the game due to the NCAA mercy rule.

 

The only at-bat Rhodes did not drive in a run was her first. The former Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year and two-time All-Conference selection belted a towering double that bounced off the right field fence for a double and would have been a four-bagger had it not been for the extremely strong winds that blew throughout the night.

 

In addition to Rhodes, McClain finished 3-for-4 to go with her three RBI, and Flowers went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI to pace the Ladies offensively. Megan Hall was 2-for-4 in the win while Postles, Wiedeman, and Davis added hits as well.

 

Courtney Avery (2-4) took the loss for Louisiana Tech (7-10) after surrendering three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk in four innings of work. Krissi Oliver allowed seven runs with only three of those being earned in 1.2 innings pitched for the visitors.

 

Centenary will next travel to Birmingham, Ala., to participate in a weekend tournament. The Ladies face Kennesaw State and Texas-El Paso on Friday, Alcorn State and host school Birmingham-Southern on Saturday, before finishing with championship round play on Sunday. Live stats will be available over the internet at www.bscsports.net.