Ladies Magical Run Comes to an End Against SDSU
Saturday, April 5, 2008

OMAHA, Neb.—The Centenary softball team saw its wild ride to a record 14-game win streak come to an end on Friday in Omaha. The Ladies dropped a doubleheader to South Dakota State in the neutral city and lost their first two Summit League games of the season at the same time. The Jackrabbits defeated the Maroon and White 7-3 in the opener and pulled out a 3-2 win in extra innings in the nightcap.


Centenary (23-17, 9-2 Summit) jumped out to an early lead in game one, scoring two runs in its first at bat. Caitlin Cavarra drew a walk and, after an out, Emerald Doria worked a walk as well. Allison Shepperd reached on a fielder’s choice that saw Cavarra erased at third base, but Haley Bassett stayed on her hot streak by lining a double to center field to put the Ladies on top 2-0.


A triple after a walk in the second inning brought SDSU (13-19, 6-2 Summit) within one run, but Centenary would get that run back in the third on a homerun to left field by Shepperd.


The Ladies lost their lead in the bottom of the fourth when three infield singles led to a three-run inning for the Jackrabbits. SDSU put the game out of reach in the fifth inning when a hit batter and a walk were followed by a three-run homerun.


Amy Wiedeman went 3-for-3 for Centenary, while Bassett was 2-for-3. Shepperd scored twice and added an RBI in the game. Ryan Thacker (14-8) took the loss, allowing four runs over four innings on six hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.


SDSU plated the first run of the second game by taking advantage of a wild pitch from Stacy Whitmer. A single started the inning, but the runner moved to second with one out on the wild pitch. Another single then gave the Jackrabbits the 1-0 lead, which they would hold until adding another run in the sixth. That run was scored by a SDSU player that reached on an error and would be an unearned run charged to Whitmer.


Trailing 2-0 in the seventh, Centenary received a shot in the arm when Bonnie Matak led off with a solo homer. Shepperd walked after Doria lined out and advanced to second on an illegal substitution by SDSU. Basset was then retired, but an error allowed Lauren Flowers to reach safely as Shepperd scored the tying run from second.


Tied at 2-2, the game moved to the bottom of the eighth inning. Thacker relieved Whitmer in the seventh and recorded the first out of the final inning easily. However, the next batter doubled for SDSU and that was followed by a single that ended the game suddenly.


Whitmer surrendered just two runs, one earned, in 6.1 innings of work. Thacker was saddled with her second loss of the day after giving up the one run in one inning.


Wiedeman collected her fourth hit of the day in the nightcap, but other than Matak, only Doria managed another hit for Centenary.


The three-game series will conclude on Saturday with a single game scheduled for 12 p.m.