Ladies Sweep Alcorn State after Late Start
Thursday, February 22, 2007

Files associated with this release:
CC-ASU Box Score#1 2-22-07
CC-ASU Box Score#2 2-22-07

Lauren Flowers

Micah Rhodes

Haley Bassett

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team remained patient as they waited for Alcorn State to arrive at the Centenary Softball Complex and then showed the same patience at the plate in winning both ends of the doubleheader 11-1 and 3-2. The double dip was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., but did not get under way until 6 p.m. after the Lady Braves showed up an hour late.


Centenary (4-9) jumped on Alcorn State early, striking for one run in the first inning after Allison Shepperd tripled with two-outs and scored on a wild pitch. The Ladies then erupted for nine runs in the second inning on seven hits, including two homeruns.


Lauren Flowers started the scoring barrage with a two-run homer to right-center field that plated Brittany Williams. Two batters later and two outs later, Centenary strung together six hits with a walk and an Alcorn fielding error for seven more runs. Micah Rhodes belted a two-run blast over the scoreboard in right field to highlight the action. Flowers also collected a double in the inning as the Ladies sent 14 batters to the plate during the rally.


Pitcher Ryan Thacker (1-4) cruised from that point with more than enough run support. The freshman collected the first win of her career in tossing five innings and striking out eight while giving up just two hits and one run on a homerun. 


Game two did not work out as easy for the Ladies even though they got on the board with two runs in the first inning. With two outs and no runners on base, Allison Shepperd and Rhodes drew back-to-back walks. Amy Wiedeman, getting only her second start of the season through the first 13 games, then singled to right field to score Shepperd. Rhodes later scored on a wild pitch to put Centenary up 2-0.


Alcorn State (2-9) got one run back in the top of the second. Tonya Nelms led off with a triple and scored on a fielder’s choice groundball to the shortstop off the bat of Rebecca Mason.


The Ladies extended their advantage to 3-1 in the bottom half of the fifth inning on a single by Haley Bassett. Williams led off with a pinch-hit walk and was replaced at first base by Dana Davis. Emerald Doria then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Davis to second and Bassett’s single to right scored the senior on a close play at the plate.


Nelms struck again with a solo homer in the sixth, but it would be too little too late for the Lady Braves.


Kelsey Greeson (2-4) picked up her second win of the week by recording the complete game. She allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out six hitters.


Bassett, Rhodes, and Flowers all collected two hits on the day for Centenary. Bassett added two RBI and a run, Rhodes drove in three while scoring twice, and Flowers scored two runs in addition to her two RBI.


The Ladies will take a rest over the remainder of Mardi Gras Break at Centenary and will return to action next Tuesday when they are scheduled to face Grambling State in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on the road.