Ladies Wrap up Home Schedule with Blowout Win over NSU
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team won its fifth consecutive game and earned the season series sweep over in-state rival Northwestern State with an easy 9-1 win on Tuesday. The Ladies used 14 hits in only five innings to end the game by the eight-run mercy rule. The victory improved Centenary’s record over Louisiana opponents to 10-0 this season.


Centenary (32-23) jumped all over Northwestern State (8-44) right out of the gate with three runs and four hits in the first inning. The Ladies then added three runs in the second, one in the third, and two in the fifth to run away with the game.


With one out and runners on first and second in the first inning, Allison Shepperd ripped her school-record 18th double of the season to plate Bonnie Matak. Haley Bassett and Lauren Flowers each singled to drive in two more runs.


Northwestern State got its only run of the night when Kelly Corliss took the first pitch of the second inning over the left field wall.


Centenary answered right back with another rally in the second inning. The frame started with three straight singles and an error to give the Ladies their fourth and fifth runs of the game. Bassett then collected her second RBI in as many innings with a groundout to put the Maroon and White on top 6-1.


A single, a walk, and another single by Caitlin Cavarra in the third brought home Centenary’s seventh run of the contest.


The fourth inning would be the only one the Ladies would not score in, but the Ladies made up for it with a pair of runs in the fifth to end the game.


Cavarra singled for the third time to lead off and Matak lined a shot to shallow right field. The NSU right fielder misplayed the ball and Cavarra came all the way around to score and Matak advanced to third as the ball rolled clear to the wall. Emerald Doria then bunted home Matak to end the game, 9-1.


Eight of the nine starters for Centenary had a base hit by the second inning and by the fourth inning all nine had recorded a knock. Matak, Doria, and Flowers each had two hits in the game, while Cavarra finished with three hits.


In the circle, Stacy Whitmer improved to 13-9 on the season after pitching 4.1 innings for the Ladies. The sophomore gave up only three hits and one run on the night. Ryan Thacker recorded what would turn out to be the final two outs of the game.


Centenary will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind., to wrap up regular season Summit League play this weekend. The Ladies are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Friday at 3 p.m. and a single game on Saturday at 12 p.m.