Centenary Embarks on New Era in Softball
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary softball team, who finished 7-26 overall and 4-20 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play in 2015, will embark on a new era in 2016. The Ladies will be led by first year head coach Mark Suire, who comes to Centenary after more than 20 years of teaching and coaching experience in Louisiana.

The softball team will also feature 11 newcomers, including junior Mallory Ford, who played soccer in the fall for Centenary. However, the Ladies return sophomore shortstop Anna Dunn, the 2015 SCAC Softball Newcomer of the Year. Dunn led the conference with five home runs, while leading the team and finishing fourth in the SCAC with a .409 batting average. She also led the team in runs (24), RBI’s (22), doubles (eight), home runs (five), triples (one), assists (73) and extra base hits (14).

Dunn also holds a 10-game hitting streak heading in to the season.

The Ladies also return all three players named to Honorable Mention All-Conference team. Leading the way is outfielder Emily Sexton, the only senior on the 2016 squad. Sexton played in 31 games last season, hitting .297 with 22 hits, 10 runs and six RBI’s. Junior outfielder Lizzie Moran played in 31 games last season and hit .302 to win All-Conference. Finally, second baseman Michelle Tasin hit .300 and finished second on the team with two home runs.

The 2016 slate for the Maroon and White features 18 home games and four contests against Texas Lutheran, who made the 2015 NCAA Division III softball tournament. All game days will be doubleheaders for the Maroon and White.

“The schedule we have inherited for my first season at Centenary will present many challenges, but will also afford us the opportunity to be successful if we continue to improve,” said Suire. “Our fall practices were productive, but we must be able to translate offseason progress into on-field success in the spring.  We are optimistic about the prospects for a successful season and look forward to Centenary College represented in the SCAC Softball Tournament in San Antonio this April.”

Softball will play six games on the road before its only home games in the month of February, a double header against Rust on February 21. The Ladies outscored the Bearcats 30-1 in two games last season. Centenary begins the 2016 slate next Tuesday, February 9, at regional rival LeTourneau.

The Ladies were picked to finish seventh in the SCAC preseason coaches’ poll. Texas Lutheran received six first place votes to repeat as conference champions.