Ladies Fall 6-4 in Home Opener
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

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CC-UTT Box Score 2-14-07

Haley Bassett

Emerald Doria

Stacy Whitmer

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team opened the home portion of its 2007 schedule with a 6-4 loss to the University of Texas-Tyler on a bitter cold Wednesday evening. The loss is the fifth straight for the Ladies as the team continued to struggle at the plate until late in the contest.


Centenary (0-5) looked out of sync in the early going after a single to open the game by UT-Tyler. The next batter attempted a sacrifice bunt, but the Ladies misplayed the easy out. The following hitter also bunted and the Ladies saved another error by picking up the dropped ball at first base just in time for the out. Freshman pitcher Kelsey Greeson then buckled down and induced a grounder and a fly out to get out of the inning.


Texas-Tyler (1-0) held the Centenary bats silent behind solid defense and the strong pitching of Sam Darr. Haley Bassett singled in the first inning for the Ladies and the Maroon and White did not pick up another hit until the fifth inning.


The game remained scoreless until the Patriots exploded for five runs in the fourth frame. A lead-off walk, a Centenary throwing error, and a bloop single set up a three-run homer off the bat of Nicole Willhoite. With two outs and nobody on, back-to-back singles and a double into right-centerfield gave UT-Tyler two more runs.


The visitors made their lead six runs by posting a single run in the top of the fifth inning. Again with the bases empty and two outs, a single, an error, and another single from Kristen Akin plated Willhoite for her second run on the night.


Centenary finally responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Lyn Virdell led off with a double off the centerfield wall and scored on an RBI groundball by Emerald Doria. Doria later scored after a single from Haley Bassett and an RBI single by Allison Shepperd.


Trailing 6-2 in its last at-bat, Centenary made the game interesting. Jennifer Mango pinch-hit and reached on a UT-Tyler fielding error. Doria promptly crushed a two-run homer over the right-centerfield fence and all of a sudden the score was 6-4 with no outs.


Bassett reached base for the third time in the game with a walk to keep the rally alive and bring the tying run to the plate. However, Shepperd, Micah Rhodes, and Allison McClain were all retired to end the threat and the game.


Willhoite paced the Patriot offense going 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, all on the homerun. Ashley McElroy and Lindsey Peters also went 2-for-4 in the win.


Bassett was 2-for-3 with a walk for the Ladies while Doria was 1-for-4 with two runs and three RBI.


Darr picked up her first win of the season after tossing six innings. She struck out five Centenary hitters, walked three, and scattered seven hits in giving up four runs, three earned. Taylor Geddes picked up her first save on the year by relieving Darr in the seventh.


Greeson took her third loss of the season for the Ladies, allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits in five innings. She also walked two, hit a batter, and struck out three. Stacy Whitmer closed out the game with two scoreless and hitless innings.


Centenary will try to get on track when it travels to the University of Houston Tournament this weekend. The Ladies will begin the event with contests against Indiana and Texas State on Friday.