UTA Uses Long Ball to Power Past Ladies 8-0
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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CC-UTA Box Score 4-11-07

Brittany Williams

Allison Shepperd

Lauren Flowers

SHREVEPORT—The Texas-Arlington softball team continued its torrid play by using three two-run homers in defeating Centenary 8-0 on Wednesday evening. The win gave the Mavericks 16 victories in their last 17 games. Originally scheduled as a doubleheader, the second game was cancelled after the first game started an hour and 15 minutes late due to stand still traffic on I-20 causing UTA to arrive late.


Centenary (18-17) hung with UTA early on as starting pitcher Kelsey Greeson struck out four of the first six Maverick batters. However, an errant pitch by Greeson in the third inning would begin a scoring barrage by the visitors.


Texas-Arlington (28-11) placed runners on second and third base with two outs in the third with Dee Jay Nelson at the plate. Nelson, one of the Mavericks top hitters, worked a 3-0 count as it looked as though Greeson was pitching around her with first base open. However, Greeson followed with a 3-1 strike and on the next pitch Nelson lined a single into right center to put UTA on top 2-0.


Greeson would not make it out of the fourth inning after walking a batter and then surrendering the first two-run blast of the night off of the bat of Amanda Brown. With two outs and a runner on second, Stacy Whitmer relieved Greeson, but allowed a two-run shot to Katie Jones on her third pitch.


Trailing 6-0 in the top of the fifth, pitcher Heather Fortenberry helped her own cause with another two-run homerun after Whitmer walked Nelson. Fortenberry would then close the door on the Ladies, picking up the complete game shutout with a scoreless fifth.


Fortenberry improved to 12-1 on the season, giving up just two hits and striking out five. Nelson finished 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI for Texas-Arlington and Brown went 2-for-3 with a run and two runs batted in on her third dinger of the year. Jones long ball was her 12th on the season and Fortenberry’s blast was her seventh.


Centenary managed just two hits in the loss as Brittany Williams’ single in the second inning and Allison Shepperd’s single to begin the fourth would be all the offense for the Ladies. Williams reached base in both her at-bats as she also walked and Lauren Flowers walked in both her plate appearances.


Greeson fell to 6-6 on the campaign for the Ladies after allowing five runs on seven hits in three and two-thirds innings. Whitmer gave up three runs on three hits in one and a third innings in her relief outing.


Centenary (3-0 Mid-Con) will host Southern Utah (15-20, 3-3 Mid-Con) in a three-game Mid-Continent Conference series this weekend. The Ladies and Thunderbirds will lock up on Friday at 6 p.m. before concluding the series with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.