Southern Illinois Used Timely Hits in 5-1 Win over Ladies
Saturday, February 17, 2007

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CC-SIU Box Score 2-17-07

Allison Shepperd

Haley Bassett

HOUSTON—The Centenary softball pitching staff continued its two-out woes against Southern Illinois on day two of the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston. The Ladies allowed all five runs in a 5-1 loss to the Salukis to score on two-out rallies.


Centenary (0-8) was only out-hit 8-6 on the day but spread its six hits out over four innings. Southern Illinois (7-2) tallied seven of its eight hits in the first two innings, with six of those coming with two outs.


In the first inning, Southern Illinois’ Amanda Clifton singled home Tiffanie Dismore from third base with two outs. After a walk, Katie Wagner singled to load the bases and Jayme Wamsley laced a double into right-center field to plate two more and put the Salukis on top 3-0 off of Centenary starter Ryan Thacker.


In the SIU second, Thacker retired the first two hitters on a fly out and a strike out. However, Alicia Garza singled to keep the inning alive and Lauren Haas followed with a two-run homer to left field to spot Southern Illinois to the early 5-0 advantage.


Despite having several opportunities to score, the Ladies could not come up with the big hit when it was needed. Centenary finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when freshman Allison Shepperd homered to center field for her first collegiate blast.


Centenary relievers Stacy Whitmer and Kelsey Greeson combined to pitch 5.1 scoreless innings the rest of the way, but the Ladies could not make up the difference. Thacker was saddled with her fourth loss of the season after allowing all five runs in 1.2 innings of work.


Offensively, freshman Haley Bassett continues to lead Centenary has she went 2-for-3 with a double in the loss. Shepperd collected an RBI and a run scored on her round-tripper while Jennifer Mango, Lauren Flowers, and Allison McClain also tallied hits on the evening.


The Ladies will conclude play in the Crowne Plaza Classic on Sunday with a doubleheader against Missouri State and Houston at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively. The Bears are 0-2 so far in the tourney while the Cougars are 2-2.