Softball Ladies Trumped by Pair of Tigers
Friday, February 9, 2007

Files associated with this release:
CC-Memphis Box Score 2-9-07
CC-Missouri Box Score 2-9-07

Haley Bassett

Kelsey Greeson

Ryan Thacker

Jennifer Martin

BATON ROUGE—The Centenary softball team got off to a tough start to their 2007 season as the Ladies dropped back-to-back games in the Easton Tiger Classic on Friday. The Maroon and White fell to the Memphis Tigers 4-2 in the opener before losing out to the Missouri Tigers 8-1.


Centenary (0-2) grabbed an early 1-0 lead against Memphis in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Emerald Doria led off with a walk and was retired at second base when Haley Bassett’s bunt attempt resulted in a fielder’s choice. Allison Shepperd followed with another walk and Micah Rhodes grounder to shortstop forced Shepperd at second base. With Bassett on third and Rhodes on first, the duo executed the double steal to put Centenary on the board.


Memphis (1-0) countered with a single run in the second and then used two doubles and a pair of singles off of Centenary hurler Kelsey Greeson in the third to plate three more runs. The Ladies added a run in the sixth on an RBI groundout with the bases loaded by Jennifer Mango, but it would not be enough.


Greeson (0-1) tossed the complete game for Centenary, allowing 10 hits in her collegiate debut while striking out five.


In the second game of the day, the Ladies again struck first. Tied at 0-0 in the top of the fourth against Missouri, Bassett led off with a double to left field. A groundout off the bat of Shepperd advanced Bassett to third and she scored two batters later on a wild pitch.


Freshman pitcher Ryan Thacker held the Mizzou offense to just three hits through the first four innings, but the Tigers broke through in the fourth for a single run. Consecutive doubles in the fifth gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead, but Missouri exploded for six runs in the sixth to blow the game open.


With two outs and a runner on second, Thacker was lifted for Greeson in relief. Greeson did not find the same success that she did against Memphis and allowed all five batters she faced to reach base via a hit-by-pitch, two walks, and two hits.


Stacy Whitmer followed Greeson in the pitcher’s circle for the Ladies and allowed a walk and a single before getting the final out. When the damage was assessed, Centenary had given up the six runs on only three hits to go with two hit batters, three free passes, and one error in the inning.


Thacker (0-1) took the loss with a final line of three runs on six hits, one walk, and three strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.


Bassett and Jennifer Martin each collected two hits in six at-bats on the day to lead Centenary offensively. Rhodes and Lindsey Virdell both went 1-for-3 at the plate, while Rhodes managed to reach base a total of four times with the aid of three walks.


The Ladies will take to the field for day two of the Easton Tiger Classic at 9 a.m. Saturday morning against Middle Tennessee State. The round robin portion of the tournament concludes with Centenary battling the eighth-ranked LSU Tigers at 3:45 p.m.


All games throughout the tournament can be followed by accessing the link provided on the Live Stats/Audio page of the website.