Ladies Host Valpo in Key Mid-Con Series
Thursday, April 26, 2007


SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team will be battling Valparaiso in a key Mid-Continent Conference series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. in Shreveport. The Ladies need to take the series to have a chance at advancing to the conference tournament to be held on Centenary’s campus May 11th and 12th.


Centenary (20-24, 4-5 Mid-Con) took a severe blow to its hopes of qualifying for the Mid-Con Tournament last weekend when it was swept in all three games at Oakland. Now the Ladies are in need of a sweep themselves, but at least need to win the series with the Crusaders to stay afloat in the race. Centenary will also need some help along the way as the Ladies have a bye in the final weekend of the regular season and will be unable to control its own destiny.


The Ladies look to be back on track after ending a seven-game slide with a 6-3 win Wednesday night over Louisiana-Monroe. Centenary recorded only six hits in the victory, but manufactured runs with the help of five stolen bases.


Allison McClain leads the Ladies with a .324 batting average and also has a .419 on-base percentage. Emerald Doria and Lauren Flowers are also adept at reaching base as Doria is hitting .314 with a .421 OBP and Flowers sports a .417 OBP despite hitting just .241. Micah Rhodes and Allison Shepperd are each batting above the .300 mark at .312 and .303 respectively.


Valparaiso (24-11, 6-3 Mid-Con) has won seven of its last eight games and currently sits in second place in the Mid-Con standings. Shannon Robinson and Megan Carroll have been torrid inside the batter’s box as both are hitting above .370 on the season. Taylor Callahan leads the team with four homeruns and 18 runs batted in. Junior right-hander Chris Halstead fronts a pitching staff with a combined earned run average of 2.85. Halstead is 9-1 on the year with an ERA of 2.49.


All three games in the series can be followed via live stats by clicking on the livestats/audio page on the website and following the provided link. Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader will feature a first pitch start of 11 a.m.