Ladies Extend Win Streak to Eight at UMKC
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Centenary softball team earned yet another victory on Wednesday, this one a 6-2 defeat of Summit League opponent UMKC. The win gives the Ladies back-to-back sweeps in conference play and extends Centenary’s winning streak to eight straight, which includes 15 wins in its last 17 games overall.


Centenary (17-15, 6-0 Summit) pitcher Ryan Thacker (11-6) won her fifth straight decision, going four strong innings in giving up just three hits and one run. She entered the fourth inning having not allowed a single baserunner, sitting down the first nine batters she faced. UMKC  (2-16, 0-5 Summit) then used three singles to plate its only run off of Thacker in 11 innings in the series.


The Ladies scored in five of the seven innings on Wednesday. In the first inning, Emerald Doria crossed the plate with two outs after a throwing error by the UMKC catcher. The Ladies preyed on poor fielding again in the second inning when Allison McClain scored on an error by the Kangaroos shortstop with two outs.


In the third, Lauren Flowers drew a bases loaded walk to force in another run with no outs. But a pop up and a double play allowed UMKC to exit the inning without further damage.    


After being held scoreless in the fourth inning, Centenary made up for it by posting two runs in the fifth frame. Doria plated the first run on a double steal with Haley Bassett, and McClain followed with a single to right center field to drive in Bassett.


UMKC got a run in the home half of the fifth on a solo homer off of relief pitcher Stacy Whitmer, but again Centenary responded with a run in the sixth when Doria singled home LynVirdell, who pinch ran for Caitlin Cavarra.


Lauren Highsmith entered the game to pitch for Centenary in the sixth and closed out the contest with two perfect innings, striking out one along the way.


Cavarra, Doria, and McClain all recorded two hits on the day. Doria added three runs and an RBI.


The Ladies will travel back to Shreveport immediately and prepare to host Oakland in a three-game Summit League series beginning with a doubleheader on Friday at 4 p.m.