Ladies Split Final Day at Crowne Plaza Classic
Sunday, February 18, 2007

Stacy Whitmer

Jennifer Mango

Emerald Doria

HOUSTON—The Centenary softball team wrapped up play in the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston on Sunday. The Ladies split their final action of the event with a 2-1 win over Missouri State and a 9-1 loss to the Houston Cougars.


With a tournament field consisting of five NCAA Tournament teams from last season, the Ladies 1-4 record on the weekend isn’t anything for the team to hang their head about.


“This was a very tough field and despite the losses, we made strides this weekend towards being where we want to be as a team,” said head coach Mark Montgomery. “Not only did five of the seven teams make the NCAA Tournament last year, but at least five of them will be there again at the end of this season.”


One of those teams to qualify for the tournament in 2006 was Missouri State, whom the Ladies defeated today. Missouri State won both the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and the conference tournament last year, showing the potential of what this year’s Centenary team has to offer.


The Ladies scored in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead over the Bears. Emerald Doria led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Haley Bassett laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Doria to third and she scored shortly after on a sacrifice fly from Allison Shepperd.


Stacy Whitmer shut down the Missouri State bats and did not allow the Bears to get on the board until the sixth inning. Whitmer made just one mistake and Jessie Smith drove the pitch over the left field fence to tie the game at 1-1.


Centenary responded in the bottom half of the frame to move back on top 2-1. Bassett singled with one out and Micah Rhodes drew a walk. Jennifer Mango then delivered a double to plate Bassett with the winning run.


Mango went 3-for-3 on the game to lead the Ladies offensively. Whitmer earned the win after tossing the complete game, allowing only three hits while striking out three.


In the tournament finale, Houston scored three runs in the third and six in the fifth for the 9-1 victory. Centenary’s lone run came in the fourth inning when Allison McClain’s single scored Lauren Flowers.


Doria was 3-for-3 at the plate in the loss. Mango, McClain, Lin Virdell, and Brittany Williams all tallied hits for the Ladies.


Centenary returns home for a single contest with Nicholls State at noon on Tuesday at the Centenary Softball Complex.