Ladies Sweep Louisiana Tech with Another Shutout
Thursday, February 28, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team continued its dominance over in-state rival Louisiana Tech with a 1-0 victory at the Centenary Softball Complex on Thursday night. The win was the fifth for the Ladies in the last six contests with the Lady Techsters.


Centenary (6-13) has now won four consecutive games overall, and combined with its 3-0 win over Louisiana Tech (7-8) last week, the Ladies have not allowed a run to the Lady Techsters in 14 innings of play this season.


“The team is starting to come together,” said Centenary head coach Mark Montgomery after the win. “We are hitting and fielding better and can manufacture runs when we need it. The season is starting to get really exciting now.”


Ryan Thacker (5-4) pitched a gem on Thursday night in the Ladies home-opener, striking out six and allowing just one hit. She also picked up the win in the first meeting with the I-20 rivals from Tech, pitching a three-hitter in that game.


Thacker looked in control the entire night as she kept the opposing hitters off balance. She was only threatened once, when Louisiana Tech placed runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth inning. However, Thacker dug down and struck out Jessica Kirby swinging to work out of the jam.


“Ryan’s performance was awesome tonight,” said Montgomery. “To be able to shutout Louisiana Tech twice in a week is just outstanding.”


Centenary sprayed four hits around on offense and pushed the winning run across the plate in the fourth inning.


Bonnie Matak led off the frame with a ringing double to right center field to begin the Centenary rally. After a strikeout, Allison Shepperd advanced Matak to third with an infield single to second base. Lauren Flowers followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Matak and putting the Ladies on the board.


Centenary nearly added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth after a single from Caitlin Cavarra and a fielding error by Louisiana Tech. But, Matak was thrown out at the plate on a ground ball and Shepperd was tagged out a split-second before Haley Bassett touched the plate on a double steal to end the inning.


Thacker pitched a flawless seventh inning to shut the door on Louisiana Tech and give the Ladies the season sweep.


Centenary takes the weekend off before returning to action next Tuesday when the Ladies welcome Grambling State to Shreveport for a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.