No. 8 LSU Topples Ladies 9-1
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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CC-LSU Box Score 3-21-07

Lin Virdell collected a
hit and made a diving
play at second base.

SHREVEPORT—The eighth-ranked LSU Tigers used three homeruns and capitalized on three Centenary fielding errors in claiming a 9-1 victory over the Ladies Wednesday evening in front of a large crowd. The Tigers collected 12 hits on the night while pitcher Cody Trahan allowed only the single run on three hits to the host Centenary club.


Centenary (13-15) fell behind early when Rachel Mitchell homered as the second batter in the first inning. Her fly ball to right-center held up in the wind and looked for a moment like it would be caught by center fielder Lauren Flowers who got to the wall in plenty of time. However, Mitchell had just enough power to clear the out-stretched arm of Flowers and put the Tigers on top 1-0.


LSU (29-4) added two more runs in the first inning on a dropped fly ball that would have ended the inning. With two outs, Vanessa Soto’s lazy pop-up to center glanced off the glove of Flowers who easily tracked the ball. Both runs were unearned and pitcher Stacy Whitmer struck out Tayl’r Hollis to end the rally.


The game remained 3-0 until the fifth when Killian Roessner blasted the first of her two long balls in the game. Several batters later after an infield single and a walk, Hollis’ grounder to shortstop was misplayed by Centenary’s Emerald Doria, allowing the fifth run of the contest to score for the Tigers.


LSU tacked on three more runs in the sixth powered by Roessner’s second round-tripper, a three-run shot to left field, and added a single run in the seventh.


Centenary avoided the shutout by producing a run in the bottom of the sixth. Doria walked to lead off the frame and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Haley Bassett. With Allison Shepperd at the plate, the Ladies got aggressive and took a chance on the basepaths. Shepperd squared to bunt, drawing in the third baseman and then pulled back, taking the pitch for a strike. Doria broke for third on the pitch and beat the shortstop, Andrea Smith, to the bag for the stolen base. Roessner’s throw also beat Smith to the target and rolled into left field, allowing Doria to score.


Trahan, a freshman from Orange, Texas, improved to 3-0 on the season for LSU. She surrendered only three hits to Centenary in the complete game effort and an unearned run. She also struck out 12 batters and walked a pair.


Whitmer fell to 6-6 on the year for Centenary, taking the loss after giving up five runs, two earned, in 4.1 innings. Ryan Thacker and Kelsey Greeson pitched in relief for the Ladies and combined to allow four runs in 2.2 innings of work.


Roesnner finished the day with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate for the Tigers with four RBI. Kristen Hobbs also flourished for LSU, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Dee Dee Henderson, however, saw her 15-game hitting streak end after finishing 0-for-5.


Shepperd reached base twice in three at-bats for Centenary, collecting both a hit and a walk to go 1-for-2 officially in the loss. Micah Rhodes and Lin Virdell also tallied hits for the Ladies.


Centenary now travels to Western Illinois where it opens Mid-Continent Conference play against the preseason favorite Westerwinds on Friday with a single game beginning at 3 p.m. The two teams will then face-off in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.