Ladies Sweep Series over UMKC with 6-1 Victory
Saturday, March 31, 2007

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CC-UMKC Box Score 3-31-07

Kelsey Greeson

Allison Shepperd

Haley Bassett

Emerald Doria

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team easily won its game on Saturday against UMKC 6-1 and in doing so completed the three-game sweep over the Kangaroos. Kelsey Greeson pitched a stellar game for the Ladies to closeout the series, striking out seven and allowing only one run on three hits.


Centenary (18-15, 3-0 Mid-Con) extended its current win streak to five games with the victory and currently sits in a first place tie with Western Illinois in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Ladies and the Westerwinds are the only two remaining unbeaten teams within league play.


The Ladies scored twice in the bottom of the first to take the early lead over UMKC. With two outs and runners on first and second, a balk was called on pitcher Christie Sotelo to advance the runners up a base each. Hot-hitting Allison McClain took advantage of the extra runner in scoring position and brought both teammates home on a single to center field.


UMKC (2-29, 0-6 Mid-Con) answered with a solo homerun off the bat of Taia Jones in the second on what would turn out to be Greeson’s only mistake on the afternoon. The freshman held the Kangaroos scoreless the rest of the way, surrendering just two harmless singles.


Centenary scored single runs in every remaining inning except the fourth. Emerald Doria’s single in the second brought home Jennifer Martin and Amy Wiedeman’s double scored McClain, who walked and stole second, in the third. McClain then collected her third RBI of the game with a two-out single in the fifth to score pinch runner Leslie Postles. The scoring concluded in the sixth inning when Haley Bassett’s single to left pushed across Dana Davis.


Greeson and McClain capped great weeks for the Maroon and White with solid performances on Saturday. Greeson improved to 6-4 on the year with a pair of wins and two saves this week, contributing heavily in four of the Ladies five wins. McClain hit an astounding .769, going 10-for-13 at the plate with six runs scored and six RBI. In addition, she stole four bases, slugged at an .846 clip, had an on-base percentage of .812 for the week, and has reached base in eight straight at-bats.


McClain finished Saturday with a 2-for-2 effort at the plate to go with a walk and her three RBI. Bassett and Doria also collected two hits in the win for Centenary.  


The Ladies will take three days off from game action before traveling to face Louisiana Tech on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Centenary defeated the Lady Techsters 4-2 in Shreveport on March 6th.