Ladies Complete Sweep of IUPUI on Saturday
Saturday, March 15, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team completed its three-game sweep of IUPUI on Saturday with a 9-1 win over the visiting Jaguars. The Ladies have now won 12 of their last 14 games and are a perfect 7-0 at home this season. The trio of victories this weekend places them atop The Summit League standings after the first week of league play.


Centenary (14-15, 3-0 Summit) repeated its actions from the opening game of the series on Friday to begin Saturday’s contest. The Ladies for the second day in a row had the bases loaded with no outs in the first inning, but failed to score.


Haley Bassett led off the game with a triple to center field and Bonnie Matak and Emerald Doria followed with a pair of walks. Yet, IUPUI pitcher Amy Raker (0-3) came up big with a strikeout, a pop out, and a fly out to exit the jam unscathed.


Unfortunately for the Jaguars, the Ladies also scored multiple runs in the third inning for the second day in a row as well. With Ryan Thacker (9-6) motoring along in the pitcher’s circle for Centenary, the Maroon and White gave all the run support she would need to pick up her ninth win on the season on just three hits.


Bassett, Matak, and Doria began the rally with a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases without an out being registered by IUPUI (0-7, 0-3 Summit). Allison Shepperd drove an outside pitch to right field, in what was a great piece of hitting with two strikes, to plate the first run and then Allison McClain was hit by a pitch to force in another for Centenary.


A strikeout gave the Jaguars their first out, but Beth Krysiak laid down a squeeze bunt to score Doria. Krysiak was safe at first as the pitcher tried to get Doria unsuccessfully at the plate. Leslie Postles then drew a bases loaded walk to bring in Shepperd with the fourth run for the Ladies.


IUPUI scored its only run in the series in the fourth when Meaghan Raynes drove a Thacker pitch over the left field wall for her first homerun of the year.


Centenary added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth and ended the game on the eight-run rule in the sixth when Lauren Flowers, who had doubled, scored on a throwing error by the IUPUI catcher.


Thacker went four innings, surrendering just the one run on two hits to go with three strikeouts. Stacy Whitmer closed out the game with two scoreless innings of work in relief.


Centenary will travel on Sunday to play a rare mid-week conference series against UMKC on Monday and Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. The Ladies are in the midst of playing nine Summit League games in eight days as they will host Oakland next Friday and Saturday.