Ladies Win Fifth Straight with Victories over GSU
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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Emerald Doria

Lin Virdell

Allison Shepperd

GRAMBLING, La.—The Centenary softball team easily swept a doubleheader against Grambling State on Tuesday by the scores of 16-1 and 14-0. Both games were five-inning run-rule affairs. The wins give the Ladies a five-game win streak and the team has now won six of their last seven contests.


Centenary (6-9) pounded out 23 hits in the pair of games, including nine of the extra-base variety. Freshman Allison Shepperd tallied two doubles and belted her second homerun of the season to lead the charge.


In game one, the Ladies were only held scoreless in one inning. The big offensive bursts came in the second and third frames when Centenary posted six runs and five runs respectively. Sophomore Emerald Doria went 3-for-3 at the plate in the game with two runs and two RBI while freshman Haley Bassett scored three times. Senior Micah Rhodes took over the team lead in RBI (9) with five alone in the first game of the twinbill. Lin Virdell went 3-for-4 in the win.


Freshman Kelsey Greeson brought her record to 3-4 on the season by tossing four solid innings in the pitcher’s circle for Centenary. She struck out five while allowing only two hits and no runs.  


The Ladies struck for two big innings again in the nightcap, pushing across five runs in the second and seven in the fourth. Doria was 2-for-2 with three runs, Bassett drove in three more, and Jennifer Mango had four RBI on the strength of a two-run double.


Freshman pitcher Ryan Thacker (2-4) picked up the victory in the final game, striking out six and scattering three hits without giving up a run in four innings of work. Freshman Stacy Whitmer closed out both games for the Ladies.


On the day, the Ladies posted some big numbers individually. Doria was a perfect 5-for-5 with five runs and three RBI. She was also on base after all eight at-bats after walking three times. Virdell was 4-for-6 in the pair of wins and Bassett, Mango, Rhodes, and Shepperd all had four or more RBI.


Centenary will depart Thursday for Atlanta to participate in the Buzz Classic hosted by Georgia Tech. The Ladies will take on Indiana State and Lipscomb at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday before battling Georgia Tech and New Mexico at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday. The championship round will take place on Sunday.