Ladies Scratch Out 4-3 Win over Nicholls State
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

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Kelsey Greeson

Emerald Doria

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team did not get off to a pretty start in their game with Nicholls State on Tuesday afternoon. However, the Ladies pulled it together and capitalized on some fielding miscues by the Colonels to scratch out the 4-3 victory for their second win in the last three games.


Centenary (2-9) fell behind early as freshman pitcher Stacy Whitmer gave up a single and a double in the first inning with one out. After hitting the next batter to load the bases, Whitmer struck out Danielle Clayton for the second out. Just when it was looking like the right-hander would get out of the jam unscathed, she lost control of another pitch in the wet conditions and hit Ashley Martin to force in a run. She then struck out Jennifer Campbell to end the scoring threat.


The Ladies went down quietly in their half of the first inning and the Nicholls State top of the second inning began with a walk to Gabby LeMaire. Head Coach Mark Montgomery then called to his bullpen for freshman Kelsey Greeson, who walked her first batter. Both runners advanced a base on a groundout and LeMaire then scored on a single by Kodi Butler. The Colonels pushed their third run of the game across on a groundball to first base.


Trailing 3-0 after two innings, Greeson settled down and scattered six hits over the course of her six innings in relief, never allowing Nicholls State to sustain a rally. She and the rest of the team continued to wait patiently for the Centenary offense to get back on track in order to start chipping away at the Colonels lead..


Still without a basehit in the game entering the fourth inning, the Ladies received a positive when sophomore Emerald Doria led off with a single up the middle. Doria stole second and then scored when Allison Shepperd’s hard-hit grounball to shortstop went through Kat Harrell’s legs and rolled all the way to the outfield wall. Shepperd would cruise into second base on the play.


Micah Rhodes followed with another grounder to Harrell, whose throw to first base pulled LeMaire off the bag, putting runners on the corners with one out. Rhodes promptly stole second base where she was replaced for pinch runner Amy Wiedeman.


Jennifer Mango hit a chopper to third base and the fielder came home with the throw with her sights on gunning down Shepperd at the plate. However, the catcher did not field the throw cleanly and Shepperd slid in safely while the ball was still being bobbled. Lin Virdell followed with an RBI groundout to second base to score Wiedeman and tie the game at 3-3.


Although Nicholls State (5-7) threatened again with the bases loaded in the fifth, Greeson made the pitch when it counted and induced a fly ball to right field off the bat of Leah Bland to end the inning.


Dana Davis led off the bottom of the frame with a single for Centenary and Jennifer Martin executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Davis to second. Doria collected her second hit on the day with a grounder in the hole between third and short that was fielded by the shortstop, but the throw was not on time. Haley Bassett grounded out to put the runners on second and third and Davis scored, what turned out to be the winning run, on a wild pitch seconds later.


Greeson (1-4) collected the first win of her career after tossing six innings in relief and surrendering just one run. Krystalin Emsminger took the loss for Nicholls State despite allowing just three hits and one earned run as a result of four Colonels errors in the game.


The Ladies left a short time after the completion of their game with Nicholls State for Hammond, La. Centenary will play Southeastern Louisiana University in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 12 p.m.