Southern Utah Blasts its Way to Saturday Sweep
Saturday, April 14, 2007

Files associated with this release:
CC-SUU Box Score #1 4-14-07
CC-SUU Box Score #2 4-14-07

Stacy Whitmer

Allison Shepperd

Micah Rhodes

Jennifer Martin

Lauren Flowers

SHREVEPORT—The Friday evening rains brought unseasonably frigid temperatures to Shreveport on Saturday and unfortunately the Centenary bats were as cold as the weather. Southern Utah used a three-run homerun in both games of the Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader to sweep the Ladies 4-2 and 5-4.


Centenary (19-19, 4-2 Mid-Con) managed only four hits in the opening game Saturday but had multiple chances to score as a result of four walks and three hit batsmen. However, nine strikeouts for the Ladies smothered their chances to brake through on the scoreboard.


Despite the problems offensively for the home team, Southern Utah (18-22, 5-4 Mid-Con) did not pull away until the fifth inning. With one out, Rodeo Carli singled and advanced to second on an error. Marci Pratt was then intentionally walked and Karli Jenson made the Ladies pay with a three-run homer, her third of the season.


After falling behind 4-0, Centenary answered with a pair of runs in its half of the fifth. With the bases loaded and only one out, Thunderbird pitcher Marissa Gonzalez got Haley Bassett to pop out. Allison Shepperd followed with a walk to force in a run and Jennifer Martin scored on a passed ball. That would be it for the Ladies on offense as they fell 4-2.


Kelsey Greeson (7-7) took the loss for Centenary, giving up six hits and four runs in just over four innings while striking out five. Stacy Whitmer also struck out five without surrendering a hit in two and two-thirds innings of relief.


Southern Utah jumped out in front early in game two, scoring four runs in the first and another run in the second to go on top 5-0. The big blast came in the first when Lindi Kennedy launched her 11th long ball of the season to left field, a three-run shot.


The Ladies did not produce a run despite having a runner on third base in the first and fourth innings. The missed opportunities would come back to haunt the Maroon and White as they mounted a late-inning rally that would come up just short.


Centenary broke through in the fifth for its first run on three consecutive singles by Bassett, Shepperd, and Micah Rhodes. A sacrifice bunt moved the remaining runners to second and third with only one out, but again the Ladies failed to take advantage of the situation and did not push across another run.


The bottom of the sixth saw the home team chase Southern Utah starter Kristina Brooks from the game after a single from Emerald Doria plated Lauren Flowers and a double by Shepperd scored Martin and Doria.


Trailing only by one with one out and the tying run on second, Rhodes drew a walk from Gonzalez pitching in relief. Greeson struck out swinging, but the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. With the go-ahead run now on second and chance for the Ladies to take the lead, Lin Virdell grounded out to first base to end the comeback attempt.


Gonzalez closed out the game with a one, two, three seventh for Southern Utah to pick up her first save of the season.


Centenary out-hit the Thunderbirds 8-7 in the nightcap and left a whopping 11 runners on base compared to just five for SUU.


Ryan Thacker dropped to 5-6 on the year with the loss for Centenary and Whitmer again struck out five without allowing a run in another two and a third innings of relief.


Brooks improved to 7-12 with the win, giving up four runs in five and a third innings on eight hits, five walks, and a hit batter.


Rhodes and Martin each were 3-for-6 on the day for Centenary at the plate and Shepperd added three RBI. Flowers enjoyed an interesting series offensively as she finished 0-for-2 with seven walks and was hit by a pitch as well. Overall, she reached base in eight of her 10 plate appearances.