Ladies Split Against Syracuse and Purdue
Friday, February 15, 2008

WACO, Texas—The Centenary softball team impressed the field in day one action of the Getterman Classic hosted by Baylor University on Friday. The Ladies opened the tournament with a 4-3 win over Syracuse out of the Big East and then fell in the final inning, 8-7, to Purdue of the Big Ten.


Centenary (1-7) continues its treacherous schedule against top notch competition by locking up with Syracuse and Purdue, as well as #7 Baylor in this weekend’s tournament. However, the Ladies showed they can hang with the big schools by taking down one today and almost getting another.


The Ladies took the lead in their first at bat of the day in the morning contest with Syracuse. With two outs, Amy Wiedeman drew a walk and promptly stole second. After another walk by Brittany Williams, Allison Shepperd singled home Wiedeman to place Centenary on top 1-0.


Syracuse (0-1) responded with two runs in the second inning, but the Ladies tied the game at 2-2 when a double by Williams and a free pass to Shepperd led to an RBI single from Haley Bassett in the third.


Syracuse took a 3-2 lead in the fourth after a double and a single and the score remained the same until the seventh. Centenary’s Caitlin Cavarra led of the final inning with a solo homer to tie the score and minutes later Bassett lofted a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to bring in Bonnie Matak with what proved to be the winning run.


Ryan Thacker (1-3) picked up her first win of the season for the Ladies by tossing six innings of relief, allowing just one run on five hits and three strikeouts.


Purdue (3-2) struck first in the second game with a single run in the top of the third. But the Ladies erupted for five runs in the bottom of the frame to take a commanding lead.


Centenary strung together six hits in the rally, which included a two-run single from Shepperd and RBI doubles from Bassett and Wiedeman.


Purdue would not go down easy as the Boilermakers posted three runs in the fourth inning on three hits and some aggressive baserunning. Purdue scored three more runs in the fifth to go ahead 7-5, making it six unanswered runs off of the Ladies pitching staff.


Centenary rallied again in the home half of the fifth with two runs to tie the score at 7-7 when Bassett drew a walk and Wiedeman connected on her first long ball of the season. But, Purdue used a lead-off walk, a sacrifice bunt, and a single to plate the winning run in the top of the seventh inning to earn the victory.


Lauren Highsmith (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Ladies after surrendering three runs on five hits in three innings of work. The freshman did strike out five batters.


Offensively, Bassett finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs, and three walks. She successfully reached base in six of her seven official at bats. Shepperd added a pair of hits, three RBI, and two runs, while Wiedeman knocked in three runs.


The Ladies resume play in the Getterman Classic on Saturday with games scheduled against Syracuse at 10 a.m. and #7 Baylor at 5:30 p.m. Live stats of the entire tournament can be found at Baylor’s website, www.BaylorBears.com.