Ladies Set School Record with 13th Straight Win
Thursday, March 27, 2008

MONROE, La.—A day after tying the school record for consecutive wins with a come-from-behind extra-inning victory, the Centenary softball team blew out ULM on its home field, 7-1, to set the new mark at 13 wins and counting. The Ladies used 10 hits and solid pitching to take their 20th game out of their last 22 contests.


Centenary (22-15) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning on a quick two-out rally. Haley Bassett collected her ninth double on the season to left center field and Lauren Flowers singled her home for her team-leading 25th RBI. Just like that the Ladies were on top 1-0.


Ryan Thacker (14-6) cruised through four innings for the Ladies, allowing just two hits and a walk to go with three strikeouts. She was relieved by Stacy Whitmer, who was given immediate run support in the fifth inning by the Centenary offense.


Caitlin Cavarra started the scoring by picking up an RBI when she singled home Amy Wiedeman. Wiedeman had reached on a single of her own and then stole second. Bonnie Matak reached on a fielder’s choice and also stole second. She soon scored on another single by Emerald Doria. Allison Shepperd closed out the rally, plating Centenary’s third run of the inning on her tenth double of the year.


The Ladies capitalized on a hit batter and an error in the sixth when they pushed two more runs across on another Wiedeman single. Centenary’s scoring efforts concluded with another run in the seventh on a pinch-hit bases-loaded single by Beth Krysiak.


Whitmer had her good stuff working as she picked up five strikeouts out of the six outs she recorded over two innings.


Lauren Highsmith gave up three hits and a run in the seventh inning. The run scored by ULM was the first earned run given up by the Centenary pitching staff in its last 37 innings.


Shepperd, Bassett, and Wiedeman each collected a pair of hits on the night, while Matak, Allison McClain, and Wiedeman each stole a base for Centenary.


The Ladies 13th consecutive win surpassed the previous record for the longest winning streak, which was set towards the beginning of the 2006 season.


Centenary will have the weekend off before trying for win number 14 in a row when it hosts Stephen F. Austin next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.