Mean Green Takes Both Games from Ladies
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader with North Texas on Wednesday, losing 4-2 and 6-4. The losses snap the Ladies 12-game home winning streak.


Centenary (24-19) battled back from early deficits in both games to late-inning ties. However, a lack of execution on the part of the Ladies and clutch hitting from North Texas (22-23) doomed the home team in the end.


In game one, Courtney Bradshaw went 2-for-2 for the Mean Green and made Centenary pay with every swing of her bat. In her first at bat, she blasted a two-out solo homerun to left field to give North Texas a 1-0 lead in the second inning.


The score remained the same until the fourth inning when the Ladies seemed like they may escape major trouble. North Texas posted a single and three doubles in the inning, but almost managed to not score a single run in the hit parade.


Mariza Martinez led off with a single and Mallory Cantler followed with a double to right field. However, a perfect relay to the plate from Amy Wiedeman to Lauren Flowers to Haley Bassett gunned down Martinez trying to score for the first out.


Rebecca Waters then placed a pop up in the perfect spot in shallow right field next to the foul line for a double, though Cantler only made it to third after having to wait to see if the fly ball would be caught. Cantler was then thrown out at home trying to score on a grounder to Allison Shepperd at third base.


With two outs and a runner on third, pitcher Ryan Thacker looked as if she may get by unscathed, but Bradshaw strode to the plate and lined a double to the wall to put North Texas up 2-0.


Centenary answered with two in the sixth to tie the game. Emerald Doria singled and with two outs, Bassett belted her first long ball of the year to knot the game at 2-2.


The celebration would be short-lived as the Mean Green posted two runs in the seventh. Reliever Lauren Highsmith walked the first two hitters of the frame for the Ladies and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Heather Bostic was then brought in as a pinch-hitter for North Texas and she promptly singled up the middle to push across the winning runs.


In the nightcap, North Texas grabbed a 3-0 lead in the third inning after a two-run homerun by Martinez. Centenary answered with single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to tie the game. Yet again, the Mean Green responded with another two-run shot, this one by Rebecca Waters in the sixth, to take a 5-3 advantage.


Caitlin Cavarra singled home Allison McClain in the sixth to get Centenary within one, but an insurance run in the seventh for North Texas would put the game away.


The Ladies had nine hits in the loss, left nine on base, and had three runners thrown out at the plate.


Doria went 4-for-6 on the day at the dish for Centenary, including a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk in game two. Bassett, Cavarra, and Bonnie Matak each collected two hits in the doubleheader.


The Ladies jump back into Summit League action on Friday and Saturday when they travel to take on Southern Utah in a pivotal conference series. Friday’s doubleheader is set for a 1 p.m. start, while Saturday’s single game will begin at 12 p.m.