Ladies Eliminated Following 1-0 Loss to Oakland
Friday, May 11, 2007

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Micah Rhodes started the 7th
inning off with a single

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (22-27) was again unable to score in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament and was eliminated from the championships after falling 1-0 to Oakland (20-35) Friday afternoon at the Centenary Softball Complex.

Suffering their second loss of the event, the Ladies were only able to muster one hit through the first six innings against Oakland.

In the seventh and pivotal inning, senior Micah Rhodes (Grapevine, Texas) singled to right to put the tying run aboard with one out. Freshman infielder Brittany Williams (Antioch, Tenn.) followed Rhodes with a single up the middle, putting the go-ahead run on base.

A base-running miscue ensued after the Williams single, resulting in sophomore Leslie Postles (Shreveport) getting tagged out at second on an attempted steal. Postles, who had pinch ran for Rhodes following the single earlier in the inning, was caught between second and third on the attempt, going back to second and getting tagged for the second out of the inning.

Still in the seventh, Centenary sophomore Allison McClain (Diboll, Texas) got on base after getting hit by a Jessica Granger pitch to again put runners at first and second for the Ladies.

After freshman Haley Bassett (Bossier City) reached on an error by Oakland shortstop Caitlin Lynch to load the bases, the Ladies had one final attempt to either tie the game or earn the victory in dramatic fashion.

With the bases loaded and one out remaining in the Ladies’ season, freshman Kelsey Greeson (Temple, Texas) unfortunately lined out to Oakland second baseman Tosha Hodgkinson, ending the game and the hopes for Centenary to continue playing in the tournament.

The winning run for the Golden Grizzlies came in the second inning when catcher Angela Righetti lined a single up the middle to score Kate Jones.

Granger pitched all seven innings for the win, striking out three and allowing three hits. She moved her record to 18-15 on the season.

Oakland advances to face the loser of Western Illinois and Southern Utah in tomorrow’s first game at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Golden Grizzlies fell to Southern Utah earlier in the day by a 9-0 margin.