Softball Prepares for Senior Weekend, Critical Conference Showdown with Southwestern
Seniors Mallory Ford and Lizzie Moran, with junior Michelle Tasin, play their final home games in a Centenary uniform this weekend.
Softball Prepares for Senior Weekend, Critical Conference Showdown with Southwestern
Friday, April 7, 2017
Southwestern (TX) (15-10, 8-3 SCAC)
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Centenary (LA) (11-16, 8-5 SCAC)
4/8/2017 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 277
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Southwestern (TX)2000000281
Centenary (LA)101320X790
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Lauren Beadle (3-4) 4.262211
Loss: Chandler Smith (4-2) 3.275500
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Celeste Silvas (SU) 402000
Taylor Curtis (SU) 302000
Marissa Irvin (SU) 202000
Payton LeBlanc (CENTSB) 422100
Kelsey Ancelot (CENTSB) 312000

SHREVEPORT, La. – It is a critical weekend for the Centenary softball team (10-16, 7-5 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) when it welcomes Southwestern (15-9, 8-2 SCAC) for a four-game set Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9. It is the final home games for the Ladies, and the team will celebrate senior day after the doubleheader on Saturday.

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Three to be Honored Saturday

Three players, seniors Mallory Ford and Lizzie Moran, as well as junior Michelle Tasin, will be playing their final home games in a Centenary uniform this weekend. They were an integral part of one of the greatest turnarounds in school history last season, helping the Ladies improve from seven wins in 2015 to 23 in 2016 – the third-most increase in wins in NCAA Division III and the most wins in seven seasons.

Ford transferred to Centenary to play both soccer and softball for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In two seasons and 51 games played heading into the weekend, she has 41 hits and has batted .283. Last season, she finished fifth on the team with a .310 batting average.

A psychology major at Centenary, Ford plans to work for her family’s business until she acquires a teaching and coaching job. She wants to thank my family and Jessica for so much support and for coming to every game for the past five years. She also wants to thank Heather for bettering her as a softball player, and helping her be the best she can be.

The other Ladies softball senior and only four-year player is Lizzie Moran. A .283 lifetime hitter with 62 hits, she batted .308 last season and led the team in sacrifice bunts. She has 47 runs, 21 RBI’s, and 29 stolen bases for her career. In 2015, batting .302 with 13 hits, 14 runs, and 8 RBI’s, was named All-Conference Honorable Mention.

A geology major at Centenary, she plans to get her real estate license and then attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to further her education in petroleum engineering. A two-time member of the Dean’s list, Moran volunteers her time at the Port City Cat Rescue in Shreveport.

Tasin is graduating from Centenary in three years with a degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. Ranking first in the Ladies career annals with a lifetime .365 average, she has twice been named All-Conference Honorable Mention. Her sophomore season, she had a .400 batting average and ranked in numerous categories nationally, including the 29th toughest to strikeout and led the team and was 83rd in the country with 41 RBI’s – the fifth most RBI’s in the conference and the third-most for a single season in program history. Her 58 hits ranked 93rd in the country, and she also added a team-best 16-game hitting streak in 2016.

Academically, she made the Dean’s List every semester and made the SCAC Academic Scholars list in both 2015 and 2016. She is a SOAR and Orientation Mentor at Centenary, as well as a member of the Psi Chi Honors Program in Psychology. Tasin also volunteers at Common Ground and is the softball representative to the SCAC.

Accepted into the Texas Teachers Program to receive her alternate teaching certification. She will become certified in the fall to teach and after a few years, she plans to go for a master’s degree in counseling and become an elementary school counselor.

 

Next Up

Centenary finishes the regular season with two-straight away SCAC series. The Ladies travel to Dallas Thursday and Friday, April 13-14, for a four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday night and 1 p.m. Friday.