Tech Ends Ladies Five-Game Win Streak
Wednesday, April 4, 2007

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CC-Tech Box Score 4-4-07

Micah Rhodes

RUSTON, La.—The Centenary softball team saw its five-game win streak come to an end on Wednesday night as Louisiana Tech came from behind to take the game 6-4. The loss for the Ladies left the season series in a split as Centenary took the first meeting between the teams this season in Shreveport.


Centenary (18-16) scored in the top of the first inning to take the early lead when Brittany Williams’ single to right field brought home Allison Shepperd. Shepperd had singled to lead off the game and advanced to second on a ground out by Haley Bassett.


The Ladies extended their lead to 2-0 with a run in the third on some shaky fielding on the part of the Lady Techsters. With two outs, Bassett drew a walk and Micah Rhodes followed with a single but advanced to second on an error by pitcher Mandi Bertsch. Bassett advanced to third on the miscue and then scored on another error, this one on right fielder Ashley Cameron.


Louisiana Tech (19-20) cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a double, a single, and a sacrifice fly.


Centenary responded with two more runs to grab a 4-1 lead in the fifth, but missed a chance to add an insurance run. After the first three Ladies reached base to start the inning, Jennifer Mango was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch. Rhodes followed with a single to center to plate both Shepperd and Bassett, but that would be all the scoring for the Ladies.


The Lady Techsters tied the game quickly in the top of the fifth on four consecutive singles and a wild pitch. Centenary reliever Kelsey Greeson looked like she would stop the bleeding after she recorded two outs, but a clutch single by Summer Young drove in two runs, including the eventual game-winner.


The Ladies tried to make a surge in the final inning and had two runners on before a groundout killed the rally and ended the game. Centenary stranded seven runners on base in the loss.


Stacy Whitmer pitched effectively, allowing one run while pitching into the fourth inning for the Ladies. However, the relief duo of Ryan Thacker and Greeson surrendered five runs on five hits in three innings of work. Greeson (6-5) was saddled with the loss.


Krissi Oliver (14-14) picked up the win for Tech after tossing two and two-thirds innings of no-hit ball in relief of Bertsch.


Centenary returns to Mid-Continent Conference action on Friday and Saturday with a weekend trip to IUPUI. The series begins with a single game on Friday at 4 p.m. and concludes with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12 p.m.