Ladies Win Bronze Division at Buzz Classic
Sunday, March 4, 2007


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CC-Wright State Box Score 3-4-07
CC-Georgia State Box Score 3-4-07


Lauren Flowers

Micah Rhodes

Allison Shepperd

Lin Virdell

Stacy Whitmer

ATLANTA, Ga.—The Centenary softball team continued its torrid play over the last week by discarding Wright State 8-3 and Georgia State 10-4 en route to taking the Bronze Division title at the Buzz Classic hosted by Georgia Tech on Sunday. The victories give the Ladies 10 wins in their last 11 games and a 5-1 record for the tournament.

 

Centenary (11-10) used an offensive attack that could not be contained in sweeping through the single elimination bracket play of the Bronze Division. The Ladies compiled 24 hits and 18 runs in the two games and the pitching from Stacy Whitmer, Ryan Thacker, and Kelsey Greeson would be more than enough to seal the wins.

 

Against Wright State (2-9), Centenary set the tone with two runs in the second inning. Lauren Flowers double to left field plated Lin Virdell and Jennifer Martin, who walked and singled respectively to reach base. In the fourth, Flowers drove in Allison McClain to stake the Ladies to a 3-1 lead.

 

The Maroon and White blew the game open in the fifth with five runs in the frame. The Ladies collected six hits in the rally, three of which were of the extra-base variety.

 

Allison Shepperd’s triple scored Amy Wiedeman, who was pinch running for Haley Bassett, and Micah Rhodes double pushed Shepperd across. Three batters later, Virdell’s double drove in Dana Davis. Wright State collected two outs at home plate and when it looked like they might escape without any further damage, Flowers produced a two-out single to score Virdell and Martin.

 

Whitmer notched her fourth win on the season by pitching three innings and allowing only a single run on two hits. Greeson supplied excellent relief, giving up two runs, one earned, while striking out four.

 

Shepperd finished with a 3-for-4 effort at the dish for Centenary. Rhodes and Flowers had two hits apiece and Flowers tallied four RBI in the game one win.

 

With the victory, the Ladies advanced to take on Georgia State in the Bronze Bracket Championship game. The battle remained scoreless through the first three innings, but the Ladies got on the board in the fourth when Bassett scored on an error by the Georgia State first baseman.

 

Centenary tightened its grip on the game with three more runs in the fifth inning on two hits, another Bulldog fielding error, and a passed ball.

 

Things were looking good for the Ladies until Georgia State showed some fight and tied the game with four runs in the top of the sixth. The Bulldogs used three singles to plate the first run and then a three-run homerun provided the rest of the scoring.

 

Still feeling confident about their chances at the trophy, the Ladies responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning. Shepperd doubled to start the outburst and McClain singled her home. Wiedeman laced a double to left field to score McClain and then tried for third on the throw to the plate. The catcher’s throw back to third sailed into left field and Wiedeman scored.

 

Virdell, Martin, Flowers, and Doria followed with four consecutive hits to provide three additional runs and put the game away.

 

Thacker hurled three scoreless innings for Centenary, but Whitmer (5-2) picked up her second win of the day despite allowing four runs over three innings. Greeson pitched a scoreless seventh to wrap up the title for the Ladies.

 

Flowers and Rhodes had two more hits in the nightcap to give the duo four apiece on the day. Doria had three RBI and Virdell, Martin, and Flowers each scored twice in the win.

 

Centenary will look to keep up its stellar play when it returns home to host Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.