Ladies Collide with NSU on Wednesday
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Amy Wiedeman

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team looks to get healthy for its weekend Mid-Continent Conference series at Oakland University after suffering injuries to multiple players last week. However, the Ladies first must tangle with I-49 rival Northwestern State Wednesday at the Centenary Softball Complex in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.


Centenary (19-19) looks to avoid dropping under .500 on the season for the first time since it was 9-10 back on March 10th, but will have to rely on some key reserves to do so. Second baseman Lin Virdell, utility player Allison McClain, and outfielder Amy Wiedeman all suffered injuries last week.


Wiedeman’s broken foot has ended her fine junior season during which she was hitting .341 at the plate. Virdell will miss the twinbill against the Lady Demons and could miss the weekend series as well. The silver lining for Centenary is that McClain should be go to go tomorrow after being hit in the side with a pitch against Southern Utah. She is hitting .339 for the Ladies.


Jennifer Martin will become the full-time starter in left field after platooning with Wiedeman regularly early in the season. She has been up to the task thus far, hitting .500 in Mid-Con play and driving in the game-winner in a 4-3 win over Southern Utah. Her hot hitting has raised her average on the season to .290.


Senior first baseman Dana Davis will also be pressed into a starting role as McClain will slide over to replace Virdell at second base. Davis is an exceptional defender and is hitting .211 in 38 at-bats.


Northwestern State (22-27) is led by senior Amanda Glenn who is both the top hitter and top pitcher for the Lady Demons. The right-handed pitcher, but left-handed hitter is 13-14 on the season in 20 starts with a 2.77 ERA in the pitcher’s circle and is batting .290 with 11 homeruns and 39 RBI at the plate.


NSU has dropped seven out of its last nine contests. The Lady Demons lost all three Southland Conference games to Texas State and also came up on the short end of two of the three games at Texas-San Antonio.


The Lady Demons hold the all-time series advantage over the Ladies 52-17.