NSU Sweeps Doubleheader Over Ladies
Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Files associated with this release:
CC-NSU Box Score #1 4-18-07
CC-NSU Box Score #2 4-18-07

Ryan Thacker

Emerald Doria

SHREVEPORT—The Northwestern State softball team took advantage of some shaky Centenary fielding in sweeping a doubleheader from the Ladies 5-4 and 9-2 on Wednesday night. The Demons pounded out 18 hits in the twinbill as Centenary committed five errors on defense.


Centenary (19-21) fell behind 5-0 in the opening game. Amanda Jameson homered in the first inning for NSU’s first two runs and the Demons added two more in the second inning after a Ladies fielding error. Northwestern State (24-27) scored its final run in the third when Kelly Corliss singled home pitcher Michelle Castellano.


Centenary pitcher Ryan Thacker shut down the Demons after entering the game in the third. She tossed five scoreless innings in relief while allowing five hits and striking out five.


The Ladies battled back with three runs in the third inning to climb back into the game. Jennifer Martin led off with a double which was followed by Emerald Doria’s second homerun on the season. Allison Shepperd drew a walk with two outs and Brittany Williams came through with a double into right center field to plate Shepperd.


In the fourth inning Lauren Flowers singled to center and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dana Davis. After moving to third on a groundout, Flowers scored on a wild pitch from Castellano.


The Ladies placed a runner on third in the sixth inning and another one on second in the seventh in hopes of tying the contest, but could not come up with the clutch hit when it was needed most.


Game two started the same for Northwestern State, getting three runs in the first inning on just one hit thanks to three Centenary errors. The Demons added another run in the fourth on three straight singles after two outs.


Centenary scored twice in the bottom half of the fifth to cut the deficit in half. Doria placed a two-out single in right field to score Flowers and Martin scored on a double steal attempt when NSU catcher Amanda Realmuto’s throw to second base sailed wide.


The Demons put the game away in the seventh with five runs on the strength of a grand slam by Realmuto.


The Ladies will look to get back on track this weekend when they travel to Rochester, Mich., for a three-game Mid-Continent Conference series with Oakland University. Game times are set for 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon and Saturday’s doubleheader will start at 12 p.m.