Ladies Extend Win Streak to Seven Games
Saturday, March 3, 2007

Files associated with this release:
CC-Indiana State Box Score 3-2-07
CC-Lipscomb Box Score 3-2-07

Stacy Whitmer

Ryan Thacker

Brittany Williams

ATLANTA, Ga.—The Centenary softball team opened play in the Buzz Classic hosted by Georgia Tech on Saturday with a pair of wins. The Ladies defeated Indiana State 5-3 before outlasting Lipscomb 2-1 in extra innings to extend their current win streak to seven games. Centenary has now won eight of its last nine games overall.


Centenary (8-9) took control of its game with Indiana State in the fourth inning. Already ahead 2-1, the Ladies scored three times in the inning on two hits and two Indiana State errors to blow the game open.


With Lauren Flowers on third base via an error on the shortstop and Dana Davis on second after a single, Jennifer Martin singled to center field to score Flowers. Moments later, Davis scored on an error by the third baseman and Martin advanced all the way to third on the play. Martin then scored on a wild pitch, the second of the inning.


The Ladies’ five runs would be plenty as Centenary pitcher Stacy Whitmer tossed six innings and surrendered just three runs. Kelsey Greeson pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the win.


Emerald Doria and Micah Rhodes each collected two hits in the game. Rhodes added two RBI while Doria and Haley Bassett also scored runs. Centenary had nine hits on the afternoon and did not commit an error in the field.


In the nightcap the Ladies pounded out eight more hits, only this time the runs would be harder to come by.


Lipscomb struck first with a run in the opening inning after two singles, a stolen base, and a sacrifice fly. However, the Centenary pitching staff would buckle down and not allow a run the rest of the game.


Ryan Thacker scattered six hits and struck out two without issuing a walk over five innings for the Ladies. Whitmer (3-1) entered the game in relief and allowed only one hit over the final three innings to pick up her second win of the day.


Centenary tied the game in the fifth inning on a pinch-hit solo homerun off the bat of Brittany Williams. The contest remained knotted at 1-1 until the top of the eighth inning.


Per extra-inning rules, Flowers was placed on second base to start the frame and Allison McClain walked. Lin Virdell singled to right to load the bases and Flowers scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Amy Wiedeman.


Allison Shepperd belted two doubles in the victory in going 2-for-3 with a walk and Virdell finished with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate for Centenary.


The Ladies continue play in the Buzz Classic when they face New Mexico at 2 p.m. on Saturday before taking on the host #21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at 5 p.m.