Ladies Discard Alcorn, 3-1, in Mid-Week Contest
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

LORMAN, Miss.—The Centenary softball team won its third straight road game on Wednesday by a 3-1 count at Alcorn State. The Ladies have played seven of their last nine games away from home, but return to the Centenary Softball Complex this weekend to host North Dakota State in a battle for first place in The Summit League.


Centenary (27-20) broke up a scoreless game in the third inning on Wednesday on a basehit by Allison Shepperd. Shepperd singled to right field, but the Alcorn outfielder misplayed the ball and allowed it to roll past her all the way to the fence. Bonnie Matak, who had singled and stolen second base, scored on the hit, but Shepperd took advantage of the error to circle the bases and score as well.


Leading 2-0, the Ladies added to their advantage in the fourth inning. Allison McClain belted a deep fly ball to left field, which hit the base of the wall and caromed past the outfielder. By the time the defender got the ball in, McClain was standing on third with a triple. Amy Wiedeman then drove in McClain on an infield single to put Centenary on top 3-0.


The score remained the same as Ryan Thacker, Stacy Whitmer, and Lauren Highsmith combined to toss six shutout innings. However, Highsmith ran into some problems in the seventh inning, allowing a run on a walk, a hit batsman, and a pair of singles.


Thacker (15-8), who picked up the win, re-entered the game and induced two ground balls to end the contest. She pitched 4.2 innings overall and surrendered just one hit while striking out four. Whitmer pitched a scoreless fifth and Highsmith allowed just the one run in 1.1 innings.


Beth Krysiak led the Ladies with two hits on the evening.


Centenary’s three-game series with North Dakota State begins on Friday with a doubleheader at 4 p.m. The two teams will also play a single game on Saturday at 12 p.m.