Ladies Pull Even at .500 with 4-3 Win at SFA
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

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CC-SFA Box Score 3-28-07

Amy Wiedeman

Lauren Flowers

Ryan Thacker

NACOGDOCHES, Texas—The Centenary softball team brought its record to .500 at 15-15 on the season with a 4-3 road victory over Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday night. The Ladies have won games at a .682 winning percentage over their last 22 contests, going 15-7 to get to this point after starting the season 0-8.


SFA (12-21) manufactured a run in the bottom of the first inning to take the early lead after a lead-off walk by Centenary starter Stacy Whitmer would come back to haunt her. Benet Higgs drew the walk for the Lady Jacks and moved to second on a groundout. The next batter moved Higgs to third on a fly ball and the speedy runner scored with two outs on a wild pitch.


The next three batters all reached base on two singles and a walk, but Whitmer struck out Magen Butler to end the threat.


The game remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth although Whitmer was replaced by Ryan Thacker after walking the first two SFA hitters of the third inning.


In the sixth, Allison Shepperd ripped a double for the Ladies to begin the inning. Micah Rhodes then reached on a fielder’s choice when the SFA defense tried to get Shepperd at third. However, an error on the third baseman allowed Shepperd to score and Rhodes landed on second base.


Leslie Postles was summoned to pinch run for Rhodes and she remained at second after a fly out and a walk by Allison McClain. Lin Virdell popped out to second base, but Amy Wiedeman came through with a single to right to plate Postles and give Centenary the 2-1 advanatge.


The rally continued when Lauren Flowers laced a double to left center, scoring both McClain and Wiedeman. When the dust had finally settled, the Ladies held control of the game at 4-1 with just two at-bats left for SFA.


The Lady Jacks went quietly in the sixth and the first two batters in the seventh were retired easily by Thacker. However, SFA showed some fight and put together a two-out rally of their own.


Briana Bishop homered to make the score 4-2 and Ashley Wilburn followed with a single before Centenary countered by bringing in Kelsey Greeson to replace Thacker in the pitching circle. The runner advanced to second on a passed ball and then moved to third on a balk by Greeson. After a walk to Jessica Tullos, another balk by Greeson made the score 4-3. Another single put runners on first and second with the Lady Jacks trailing by only one run, but Greeson got Kari Hugie to line out to right field to preserve the win for Centenary.


Thacker (5-2) picked up the win for the Ladies after giving up two runs on four hits in four and two-thirds innings. Greeson secured the save by capturing the final out.


Wilburn tossed a complete game for SFA, giving up the four runs on six Centenary hits.


The Ladies return to action back home in Shreveport on Friday when they host UMKC in a Mid-Continent Conference three-game series. The teams will play a single game on Friday at 6 p.m. before wrapping up the series with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.