Ladies Defeat WIU 2-1, Shepperd Ties Doubles Record
Saturday, April 26, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team won its fourth straight game and its seventh in its last 10 tries by defeating Western Illinois, 2-1, on Saturday. Sophomore Allison Shepperd lined her school-record tying 17th double of the season in the sixth inning of the victory. She now sits fourth all-time in career doubles (29) in just her second season.


Western Illinois (8-28, 6-10 Summit) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead. After two quick outs to start the inning, Colleen Biebel, Nikki Marinec, and Racheal Heagney put together a string of singles off of Centenary starter Ryan Thacker to go on top.


Centenary (31-23, 15-6 Summit) narrowly leapt back into the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Shepperd singled with two outs and sophomore Haley Bassett sent a deep fly ball to left field, but Michelle Neubauer caught the drive up against the wall.


Sophomore Stacy Whitmer replaced Thacker in the circle to start the fifth inning for the Ladies. She retired the Westerwinds in order, striking out two in the process.


The home half of the fifth began with a single by senior Lauren Flowers to center field. Junior Allison McClain followed with a single of her own and senior Amy Wiedeman laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance both runners.


Senior Jennifer Martin reached first despite striking out when the pitch in the dirt got by the WIU catcher. With the bases loaded, freshman Caitlin Cavarra singled up the middle to plate Flowers and tie the game.


Sophomore Beth Krysiak pinch-hit and sent what appeared to be a single into right field. However, the right fielder was playing extremely shallow and gunned down Krysiak at first base. The reserve did her job though, as she drove in McClain with what would turn out to be the winning run.


Whitmer (12-9) made the lead stick as she closed out the game with three innings, four strikeouts, and just one hit.


Cavarra’s hit extended her hit streak to four games, while Shepperd went 2-for-3 to push her own hit streak to five games.


Centenary will close out the home portion of its 2008 season on Tuesday when it hosts Northwestern State at 5:30 p.m.