Ladies Crush UMKC, Lose to #5 Sooners
Friday, March 9, 2007

Files associated with this release:
CC-UMKC Box Score 3-9-07
CC-Oklahoma 3-9-07

Kelsey Greeson

Haley Bassett

Micah Rhodes

Jennifer Mango

NORMAN, Okla.—The Centenary softball team won its opening game against UMKC 12-1 in the Worth Invitational hosted by the Oklahoma Sooners on Friday. However, the fifth-ranked Sooners downed the Ladies 6-1 in their second contest of the day.


Centenary (13-12) faced off against Mid-Continent Conference foe UMKC in a rare non-conference game Friday afternoon and wasted no time in putting the game away. The Maroon and White exploded with four runs in the first inning to quickly gain the momentum and never looked back.


The four runs in the first inning were highlighted by a run-scoring double from Haley Bassett, singles from Allison Shepperd and Jennifer Mango, and an RBI single by Micah Rhodes. Bassett and Rhodes both scored on passed balls.


UMKC (1-13) did manage seven hits off of Centenary starter Kelsey Greeson in the run-rule shortened game, but could not string the hits together to make the Ladies pay. The Kangaroos lone run came in the fourth when three straight singles with two outs resulted in a run.


The Ladies continued to swing their sticks throughout the win and collected 10 hits in only four innings. After an RBI double by Rhodes in the second and a single by Lin Virdell that plated Mango in the third, Centenary erupted for six more runs in the fourth on only two base hits. The Ladies cashed in on five walks, an error, and several more wild pitches and passed balls in their final at-bat.


Greeson (4-4) picked up her fourth win on the season after pitching all five innings while giving up just one run and a walk and striking out five.


Facing the #5 Oklahoma Sooners (26-1) on their home field was a good test for a very hot Centenary team and it looked good for the Ladies in the early going.


The score remained 0-0 until the top of the third inning. Virdell led off for the Ladies by reaching on an error by the third baseman. Lauren Flowers walked with one out and then was erased at second base on Emerald Doria’s fielder’s choice ground ball. With two outs and runners on the corners, Doria started to steal second and then stopped to get in a rundown, which allowed Virdell to score from third with the first run of the game.


Leading 1-0 still in the bottom of the fourth inning, Centenary pitcher Stacy Whitmer (6-4) began to lose control. After allowing a run on two singles and walk, OU’s Traci Dickenson launched a three-run homer to give the Sooners their first lead of the night at 4-1. Oklahoma added two more runs in the fifth to provide the final score of 6-1.


Oklahoma’s D.J. Mathis (7-1) held Centenary to just one hit, a double down the right field line off the bat of Bassett in the sixth inning. The left-hander earned the complete game while striking out nine Ladies and walking one.


Centenary will take on Evansville at 10 a.m. in day two action of the Worth Invitational before getting its second shot at #5 Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m.