Ladies Drop Both Ends of Doubleheader in Houston
Friday, February 16, 2007

Files associated with this release:
CC-Indiana Box Score 2-16-07
CC-Texas State Box Score 2-16-07

Haley Bassett

Allison Shepperd

Lindsey Virdell

HOUSTON—The Centenary softball team dropped its first two games of the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston on Friday. The Ladies began the morning with a 3-0 loss to Indiana before losing 5-3 to Texas State in the afternoon.


Centenary (0-7) struggled to find offense in the morning match-up and did not break through with a hit until Allison Shepperd singled to begin the sixth inning. A walk and another single by Lin Virdell loaded the bases with two outs, but the Ladies would not score. The two hits in the inning would be all Centenary would manage in the game.


Indiana (1-0) got on the board in the fourth frame when Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi belted back-to-back homers off of Centenary pitcher Ryan Thacker (0-3). The Hoosiers would add another run in the sixth to seal the game. 


In the afternoon contest, the Ladies led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but could not hold on. Centenary took the lead in the fourth on two runs behind singles from Emerald Doria, Haley Bassett, and Micah Rhodes. The Maroon and White scored again in the top of the sixth when Bassett connected for her first long ball on the season.


Texas State (3-5) struck in the bottom half of the inning on only two hits thanks to three consecutive walks. Centenary hurler Stacy Whitmer (0-1) was cruising along in the game and quickly recorded two outs in the sixth. With one runner on, Whitmer issued free passes to three straight Bobcat batters to force in a run and leave the bases still loaded.


Kelsey Greeson relieved Whitmer and allowed a single that scored two. Texas State then added another run and the Ladies would not recover.


Thacker allowed three runs in five innings in the tournament opener on five hits. Whitmer was charged for five runs in 5.2 innings while Greeson did not get credit for a run in 2.1 innings of relief work spanning both games.


Both Bassett and Virdell accounted for two hits on the day for Centenary offensively. Bassett added two runs and two RBI while Shepperd reached base in three of six at-bats with a single and a pair of walks.


The Ladies will take to the field for day two of the Crowne Plaza Classic in a single game against Southern Illinois at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Centenary wraps up its participation in the tourney on Sunday with contests against Missouri State at 1 p.m. and Houston at 3 p.m.