Ladies Split Day Two at Buzz Classic, Advance to Bracket Play
Sunday, March 4, 2007


Files associated with this release:
CC-Georgia Tech Box Score 3-3-07
CC-New Mexico Box Score 3-3-07


Allison McClain

Haley Bassett

Emerald Doria

ATLANTA, Ga.—The Centenary softball team split its second day action in the Buzz Classic hosted by Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Ladies fell to the No. 21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 8-1 before defeating New Mexico 3-2 in the nightcap. With a 3-1 record in pool play, Centenary advances to championship round action on Sunday.

 

The Ladies will participate as the top seed in the Bronze Division of the bracket style play after losing the tiebreakers to Georgia Tech and Indiana State who also finished 3-1. Indiana State will play in the Gold Division while Georgia Tech enters the Silver Division. The rest of the Bronze Division consists of #2 Georgia State, #3 Furman, #4 Gardner-Webb, and #5 Wright State.

 

Centenary (9-10) will receive a bye and take on the winner of the Gardner-Webb/Wright State game at 11 a.m. (EST). Should the Ladies win that contest, the Maroon and White would then face the winner of the Georgia State/Furman game.

 

On Saturday, Georgia Tech (18-3) put together nine hits on the afternoon and used a five-run fourth inning to blow open what was a 1-0 game. Aileen Morales delivered the big blow with a bases loaded double that drove in three.

 

The Ladies scored their run in the bottom of the fifth. Dana Davis singled to start the rally and then moved to second after Emerald Doria walked. Haley Bassett then provided a two-out single to left field to plate Davis.

 

Stacy Whitmer (3-2) took the loss for Centenary after allowing six runs on five hits over four innings.

 

In their second game of the day, the Ladies jumped out to a 2-0 lead with runs in each of the first two innings. Micah Rhodes came through with a two-out single in the first to plate Doria, who had also singled, and Allison McClain stole third and home in the second frame to give Centenary the two-run lead.

 

New Mexico (2-6) responded with single runs in the second and fifth innings, but it would not be enough after the Ladies added an insurance run in the fourth when McClain scored on a double by Doria.

 

Ryan Thacker improved to 3-4 on the season after collecting the win for Centenary. The right-hander tossed 4.2 innings as the starter and gave up two runs on five hits. Whitmer closed out the game and did not allow a hit.