Ladies Conclude Exceptional Fall Campaign
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team finished its fall schedule with an impressive 8-1-1 record after sweeping all three of its games last weekend in the second of its fall tournaments. The Ladies discarded Louisiana Tech, Arkansas Tech, and Bossier Parish Community College with the pitching staff combining for a stellar 0.33 earned run average.


Centenary opened the day with a 7-1 victory over BPCC on the strength of Allison Shepperd’s bat. The sophomore was 2-for-4 with a homerun and pushed across three runs batted in. Freshman Caitlin Cavarra also homered in the game while pitcher Stacy Whitmer tossed four shutout innings.


The day continued with a 5-0 drilling of Arkansas Tech behind the solid pitching of Ryan Thacker. Thacker went the distance for the shutout and allowed just five hits while striking out four batters. Bonnie Matak and Beth Krysiak each collected two hits on offense and Amy Wiedeman and Haley Bassett added two RBI each. Wiedeman also connected for a homerun in the victory.


In the nightcap, Centenary defeated Louisiana Tech 2-1. Whitmer started in the circle for the Ladies and surrendered a single unearned run over three innings. Lauren Highsmith then relieved Whitmer for the second time in the tournament, going four innings without allowing a run or a hit. Emerald Doria, Brittany Williams, and Sheppered each collected hits in the win. Shepperd added a pair of stolen bases.


For the tournament, the Ladies pitching staff allowed just one earned run in 21 innings of work. The trio of Highsmith, Thacker, and Whitmer also struck out a total of 13 batters on the day.


Offensively, Shepperd led the way for Centenary going 4-for-8 with four RBI. Doria scored a team-best three runs.


Several Ladies enjoyed highly successful fall campaigns at the plate, including Cavarra and Williams. Cavarra finished her debut fall effort with an impressive .522 batting average on 12 hits in 23 at bats in addition to 11 runs scored. Williams collected 12 hits in 26 at bats to hit .462, which was highlighted by four doubles. Shepperd led the Ladies with seven total RBI.


“I am very pleased with our efforts this fall,” said Coach Mark Montgomery. “We have worked very hard and even though our tournaments are over, we will continue to push hard throughout are individual workouts. We have seen plenty of good things thus far, and I look forward to seeing this team continue to improve as our regular season nears.”


The Ladies kick off the spring schedule with a February 2nd scrimmage against BPCC before opening the regular season on Feb. 8th at the Texarkana Tournament. That event will feature Oklahoma State, Arkansas, and Alabama-Birmingham in addition to Centenary.