Ladies Open Mid-Con Play in Fine Fashion
Friday, March 30, 2007


Files associated with this release:
CC-UMKC Box Score #1
CC-UMKC Box Score #2


Allison McClain

Allison Shepperd

Amy Wiedeman

Stacy Whitmer

Ryan Thacker

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team jumped out to a 2-0 record in Mid-Continent Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of UMKC at the Centenary Softball Complex on Friday. The Ladies used timely hitting to claim a 7-3 victory in the opening game before exploding for 14 hits in an 8-0 win in the nightcap.

 

Centenary (17-15, 2-0 Mid-Con) stole 11 bases in the twinbill and used their speed to jump start several rallies. In the first game of the afternoon, the Ladies took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after aggressive baserunning.

 

With two outs, Allison McClain stole second and was promptly singled home on a clutch two-out hit by Amy Wiedeman to put Centenary on the board. Wiedeman then swiped second base and crossed the pay station when Lauren Flowers doubled.

 

UMKC (2-28, 0-5 Mid-Con) cut the deficit in half on a towering solo homerun by Jackie Schulyer in the fourth.

 

The wheels started to come off for the visiting Kangaroos in the fifth inning. Centenary placed its first two batters of the inning on base on singles by Emerald Doria and Allison Shepperd. Haley Bassett executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, but UMKC pitcher Cori Mead recorded a strikeout for the second out of the frame. Again with two outs, Brittany Williams hit a screamer at the UMKC shortstop who could not handle the ball cleanly, allowing a run to score. A double steal resulted in another run for the Ladies and a single by McClain brought home the third run of the rally.

 

With the game in hand Centenary would go on to easily take the victory behind the pitching of starter Stacy Whitmer. Whitmer (7-6) held the Kangaroos to two runs over five and a third innings, scattering seven hits and striking out four. Kelsey Greeson picked up her fifth save of the season by tossing the final one and two-thirds innings, striking out three.

 

The second game was 0-0 until the bottom of the third. An entire pole of lights went out near home plate in the top of the inning and both teams agreed to continue play despite dusk settling in. With visibility getting tougher and tougher, inexplicably the Ladies bats awoke for a five-run burst.

 

Following the theme of the day, Centenary strung together four consecutive hits with two outs, three of them doubles, to go on top 5-0. Williams started the barrage with a line drive into center field to score Shepperd who had singled to reach base. McClain doubled to right field to push across Bassett and Williams and Lin Virdell’s double plated McClain. Wiedeman followed with the final double of the inning, a hard shot into right-center field, scoring Virdell.

 

The Ladies added three runs in the bottom half of the sixth to end the game on the NCAA mercy rule.

 

Ryan Thacker notched the complete game shutout for Centenary, allowing only four hits and striking out five Kangaroos without issuing a walk in six innings. With the win, Thacker improved to 5-5 on the year.

 

The offensive stars were plentiful for the Ladies on the day. McClain went an impressive 5-for-6 at the plate with two runs and three RBI while Shepperd was 4-for-8 with a pair of runs and three stolen bases batting lead-off for the first time on the season. Bassett and Wiedeman each finished 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Wiedeman added three stolen bases in the victories.

 

Centenary has now won four consecutive games for the third time this season and will look to extend the streak to five games when the Ladies take on the Kangaroos in the series finale at 11 a.m. on Saturday.