Ladies Use Offensive Explosion to Cruise Past Boston
Sunday, February 24, 2008

HOUSTON—The Centenary softball team rebounded in the Marriott Houston Classic and finished the tournament on a high note after dismantling Boston University, 7-4, on Sunday. The Ladies used a seven-run third inning, which provided all the scoring they would need.


Boston (1-4) got in the scoring column first in the top of the second inning when the Terriers posted a pair of two-out doubles to take a 1-0 lead.


Centenary (3-13) responded with seven runs in the bottom half of the third inning on five hits.


Lyn Virdell started the rally with a single and quickly Bonnie Matak and Caitlin Cavarra followed with singles of their own to load the bases. After a strikeout, Haley Bassett drove in two runs to place the Ladies ahead by a 2-1 count.


A wild pitch, a single by Allison McClain, and a Boston fielding error pushed two more Centenary runs across. Lauren Flowers then drew a walk and Amy Wiedeman countered with a three-run blast to right field to extend the Ladies advantage to 7-1. The home run was the second on the season for Wiedeman.


Although Centenary was never threatened the rest of the way, Boston did manage to score a run in the fifth and two in the seventh to make the score respectable.


Ryan Thacker improved to 3-4 on the year after tossing seven innings for the win. The right-hander scattered eight hits and struck out seven Terriers, while giving up just two runs. She came out of the game in the seventh inning, but returned a few batters later to close out the victory.


Bassett went 2-for-3 in the contest for Centenary at the plate, as did Virdell.


The Ladies return to action on Tuesday when they travel to face Grambling in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Centenary will open its home schedule on Thursday when it welcomes Louisiana Tech to Shreveport for a 5:30 p.m. tilt.