Errors Costly for Ladies against NDSU
Friday, April 18, 2008

SHREVEPORT – On a sunny Friday evening, the Centenary softball team had things clicking early, but a costly fifth inning error proved to be the difference in game one. The Ladies were defeated by North Dakota State in a Summit League doubleheader, 5-4, and 4-0, at the Centenary Softball Complex.


Game One


Bonnie Matak and Allison Shepperd brought out their whooping sticks in the first inning, as they each landed a tape measure shot to give Centenary an early 2-0 lead, helping chase 20-game winner Allison Bakke after an 1.2 innngs.  The Ladies again came up big in the fourth, as Caitlin Cavarra doubled down the right field line to bring home Allison McClain.


However, in the fifth NDSU came around to score five times, which was sparked by an error. The Bison’s big shot came off the bat of Aimee Enzler, who took a Ryan Thacker (15-9) pitch over the fence, which knocked the final two NDSU runs.


For Centenary eight of its starting nine had a hit, led by Shepperd’s outstanding 3-for-3 performance. Shepperd also drove in two runs, while Cavarra and Matak also knocked in runs.


Game Two


In the nightcap, Bison starting pitcher Bekki Rasmussen (8-6) handcuffed the Ladies, as they were only able to collect three hits. Lauren Flowers had two of Centenary’s hits, a single in the second and a double in the seventh.


The Ladies biggest threat to score came in the second, as they had back-to-back hits to put runners on first and second with one out. However, Centenary could not push runners across, as the next two batters struck and grounded out to end the Ladies opportunity.


On the mound, Stacy Whitmer (10-8) went four innings, scattered seven hits, allowed four runs, three earned, walked and fanned two. Coming into relief the Henderson, Ky., native was Lauren Highsmith, who went three innings and gave-up just two hits, while striking out two.


The final game of the series will be on Saturday, with the first pitch set to be thrown at 12:00 p.m.