Ladies Take Pivotal Series from Southern Utah
Sunday, April 13, 2008

CEDAR CITY, Utah—The Centenary softball team used a five-run ninth inning on Saturday for a 10-5 victory at Southern Utah. The win allowed the Ladies to take the key series 2-1 after Centenary lost the opener 4-3 before taking the second game 10-5 on Friday.


Centenary (26-20, 12-3 Summit) jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Saturday with two runs in the second inning and three in the third. The key hit in the second frame was a bases loaded single in by Jennifer Martin that plated both runs. In the third inning, Lauren Flowers tripled home two runs with two outs and then Beth Krysiak drove in Flowers with a double.


Southern Utah (13-29, 8-6 Summit) answered with three runs in the third and two more in the fourth inning to tie the game at 5-5.


The game would stay tied throughout regulation thanks to a game-saving catch by Martin in the seventh. With two outs and a runner on first, SUU’s Karli Jenson launched a deep fly ball to left field. Martin read the flight path perfectly and caught the ball as she crashed into the left field wall. She held on to the ball despite the blow to send the game into extra innings. Had Martin dropped the ball, the Thunderbirds would have scored.


Neither team scored in the eighth inning, but the Ladies erupted for five in the ninth for the win. Allison Shepperd doubled home Bonnie Matak (walk) and Emerald Doria (single) to start the rally. Haley Bassett was hit by a pitch and Flowers followed with a homerun to make the deficit five runs for Southern Utah.


Stacy Whitmer (10-6) took the win for Centenary, pitching 5.2 innings in relief. She allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five. Kristina Brooks (12-20) was saddled with loss for the Thunderbirds.   


On Friday, Centenary held a 3-1 lead in the third thanks to two errors and a double by Shepperd. SUU scored a single run in the third and two in the fifth for what would turn out to tbe the game-winning runs at 4-3.


The Ladies managed only three hits off of Brooks in the loss. The lefty struck out 10 Centenary batters.


It was a five-run inning for Centenary in the second game that sealed the win in that contest as well. With the game tied at 2-2 heading into the fourth, triples by Allison McClain and Shepperd, along with a double by Caitlin Cavarra, staked the Ladies to a 7-2 advantage.


Southern Utah scored three in the seventh, but came up short at 10-9. Whitmer picked up that win as well for Centenary.


The Ladies travel to face Alcorn State on Wednesday in Lorman, Miss. Originally scheduled as a doubleheader in Vicksburg, Miss., the two teams will noe play only a single game.