Ladies Lose Late to Cal State Northridge
Saturday, February 23, 2008

HOUSTON, Texas—The Centenary softball team lost both ends of its day two action at the Marriott Houston Classic on Saturday. The Ladies fell to Cal State Northridge 8-7 on a late comeback by the Matadors before losing to #16 Houston 7-1.


Centenary (2-13) took an early lead against Cal State Northridge, posting four runs in the top of the first inning.


Caitlin Cavarra led off with a double and Jennifer Martin followed with a walk. Brittany Williams reached base on an error and after two outs, Lauren Flowers blasted a grand slam, her second long ball of the season.


The Matadors added a run in the second inning off of Centenary starter Ryan Thacker, but the Ladies struck again in the top of the third.


Haley Basset singled and Williams reached on a fielder’s choice. Bonnie Matak pinch ran for Williams and moved to second on a passed ball. Flowers drove in her fifth run of the game with a single, scoring Matak and then scored from second on an infield single by Beth Krysiak to move Centenary on top 6-1.


Cal State came alive in the fourth and pushed across two runs on a pair of singles and a double. The Matadors then added three runs in the fifth to tie the game on the strength of a two-run homer.


Stacy Whitmer replaced Thacker and ended the inning, but the sophomore was charged with two unearned runs in the sixth after a Centenary error.


The Ladies scored one run in the seventh inning on four singles and had the bases loaded with a chance for further damage, but a pop up ended the rally.


Flowers finished the game going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and six RBI. Cavarra was also 3-for-4 with two runs. Whitmer was saddled with the loss.


In the nightcap, #16 Houston (13-0), playing on their own field, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning with the aid of four walks and two wild pitches.


Centenary scored in the bottom of the frame when Brittany Williams homered, her first of the season. However, the Cougars added a run in the third and three more in the fifth to seal the victory.


The Ladies wrap their participation in the Marriott Houston Classic on Sunday with a 9 a.m. game with Boston University.