Ladies Return to Live Action, Host Texas-Arlington
Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Dana Davis

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team has seen eight of its last 14 games cancelled due to rain or freezing temperatures, including six of its nine Mid-Continent Conference tilts. The Ladies hope the weather holds out on Wednesday as they host Texas-Arlington in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.


Centenary (18-16) has won five of its last six games with victories over Grambling State, Stephen F. Austin, and a three-game sweep of conference foe UMKC. The Ladies only loss came at the hands of Louisiana Tech 6-4, a game Centenary led 4-1.


The Ladies look to continue riding the hot bats of Emerald Doria, Allison McClain, and Amy Wiedeman. All three are hitting above .350 on the season while newcomer Allison Shepperd is batting .301 and leads the team with nine doubles, two triples, and three homers.


Texas-Arlington (27-11) has been mowing its way through the Southland Conference and currently has a league record of 14-4. The Mavericks have won nine games in a row and 15 of their last 16 overall. The winning stretch began with a 3-1 win in Arlington, Texas, over Centenary in a game in which both teams managed only four hits apiece.


Katie Jones paces the UTA offensive attack with a lofty .475 batting average and 11 homeruns. Dee Jay Nelson provides the Mavs with another big stick as she has nine long balls and 27 RBI in addition to hitting .364 on the year. Heather Fortenberry heads the pitching staff with an 11-1 mark and a 2.52 ERA while Laura Jones is 10-4 in 15 starts.