Oakland Hands Ladies Fifth Straight Loss
Friday, April 20, 2007

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CC-Oakland Box Score 4-20-07

Micah Rhodes

Brittany Williams

ROCHESTER, Mich.—The Oakland softball team handed Centenary its fifth consecutive loss with a 5-3 victory on Friday afternoon in Mid-Continent Conference action. A pair of errors led to two unearned runs for the host Golden Grizzlies, which would be enough to take the series opener.


Centenary (19-22, 4-3 Mid-Con) started the scoring by jumping on top of Oakland 2-0 in the first inning. With two outs, Allison Shepperd reached on an error and quickly stole second base. Micah Rhodes followed with a two-run homerun, her second of the season, and the Ladies were off and running.


Oakland (10-22, 4-3 Mid-Con) responded with a pair of runs to tie the game in the second inning. Centenary pitcher Kelsey Greeson allowed a single to Cheron Guyton into left field and then secured the second out of the inning when Tosha Hodgkinson lined out. But Angela Righetti came through with only her sixth hit on the season in 46 at-bats, a triple to right field, to plate Guyton. Righetti then scored on Centenary’s first error of the afternoon.


The Ladies regained the lead in the fourth inning and moved out in front 3-2. Rhodes singled to start the inning and advanced to third after a throwing error on Oakland, which also allowed Brittany Williams to get to second base with no outs. Rhodes was then erased at the plate and Allison McClain reached on a fielder’s choice. McClain and Lin Virdell, who pinch ran for Williams, then pulled off a double steal for the Centenary run.


Oakland tied the game again in the bottom of the inning and then pulled away for good with two runs in the fifth. The rally started when Samantha Rhein reached on Centenary’s second error of the game. A bunt out and a fly out would have ended the inning, but with an extra out the Golden Grizzlies took advantage. A walk, a stolen base, and a single by Katie Dreyer pushed across the winning runs for Oakland, both unearned.


Greeson (7-9) was pinned with the loss, despite giving up just three earned runs in six innings for the Ladies. Jessica Granger (9-10) took the win for Oakland, allowing three runs, none earned, on six hits.


Rhodes finished the day 3-for-3 with a run and two RBI, collecting half of Centenary’s six hits in the loss. Williams went 2-for-3 and the only other Ladies player to get a hit was Dana Davis.


Both Hodgkinson and Righetti collected two hits in the win for Oakland.


The teams will play the final two games of the series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. (EST).