Ladies Ready for Challenging Mid-Con Tournament Run
Thursday, May 10, 2007




Micah Rhodes

Emerald Doria

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team is in a familiar setting with an unfamiliar situation heading into Friday’s Moe’s Southwest Grill Mid-Continent Conference Softball Tournament. The Ladies are participating in their fourth straight postseason league tournament in as many years in the Mid-Con, but after serving as the second seed in each of the three previous events, this time the Maroon and White have an uphill battle as the fourth seed.

 

Centenary (22-25, 6-6 Mid-Con) will have home field advantage for the first time as well. The Ladies are hosting the Mid-Con Tournament, which sends its winner to the NCAA Tournament via an automatic bid. Coach Mark Montgomery’s team earned that bid after winning the conference tournament in both 2004 and 2005.

 

Senior Micah Rhodes looks to have a big weekend in what could be her final games in a Centenary uniform. The three-time first team All-Mid-Con selection finished second in the conference with a .444 batting average in 12 games of league play. Overall on the season, her .326 effort ranks tenth in the Mid-Con and her 27 RBI are fifth.

 

Sophomore Emerald Doria will also play a key role as she enters the weekend hitting .323 with 41 hits and 27 runs. She is third in the Mid-Con with an on-base percentage of .434.

 

The Ladies will take on regular season champion Western Illinois (22-21, 11-2 Mid-Con) at 11 a.m. on Friday morning at the Centenary Softball Complex. Second seeded Southern Utah (26-29, 12-6 Mid-Con) will square off against third seeded Oakland (19-34, 10-8 Mid-Con) in the other opening round contest at 1 p.m.

 

Western Illinois is seeking its first Mid-Con tourney title since 2001. Heading the WIU charge is freshman Lauren Frugala, who posted a .417 batting average with 15 hits and nine stolen bases in Mid-Con play. Kamren Ferguson, a strong candidate to be the conference’s Pitcher of the Year, led league play with a 1.07 ERA and a perfect 8-0 record, including four shutouts.

 

Southern Utah returns as the defending champion of the Mid-Con Tournament title. Lindi Kennedy paces the Thunderbirds with a league-best 63 hits, 14 homeruns, and 55 RBI on the season. The 2006 Player of the Year Marci Pratt is back at it again, clicking on all cylinders in the middle of the lineup and Kristina Brooks won seven games for SUU in conference action while posting a 2.31 ERA in 63.2 innings of work.

 

Oakland captured the third seed on the strength of pitcher Jessica Granger. The sophomore tossed almost twice as many innings (106.1) as any other pitcher in conference play and carries an ERA of 1.45 into the tournament. She led the league in complete games (13) and strikeouts (69). Sarah Clark leads the Golden Grizzlies offensively with a .296 batting average while Julie Owen is close behind at .289.

 

Admission to the tournament is $10 per day or a weekend pass can be purchased for $15. Every game of the 2007 Moe’s Southwest Grill Mid-Continent Conference Softball Championship can be followed via live stats by going to the Centenary website www.GoCentenary.com and clicking on the live stats/audio link or at www.Mid-Con.com.