Ladies Eliminated from Summit League Tournament
Friday, May 9, 2008

CEDAR CITY, UTAH—The Centenary softball team put up 16 runs in its two games of The Summit League Softball Championships on Friday, but it wasn’t enough. The Ladies allowed 25 runs and lost both their games, which eliminated them from the tournament and ended their season.


The top-seeded Ladies lost their opening game of The Summit League Softball Championship, 9-7, to No.4 Western Illinois (12-31). Both teams pounded out 12 hits and both clubs left eight runners on base. The defense was the deciding factor as Centenary’s two errors led to two unearned runs, providing the Westerwinds with the difference in the final score.


Centenary (34-26) took its only lead in the game in the bottom of the first inning. After Western Illinois scored a run in the top half of the inning, the Ladies plated two in their first at bat to move ahead 2-1.


Bonnie Matak got things started with a single for the Ladies and Emerald Doria followed with an RBI triple. Allison Shepperd then extended her hitting streak to 10 games with a single to right field to score Doria.


WIU posted three runs in the each of the third and fourth innings to jump out to a 7-4 lead and the Westerwinds chased Centenary starter Ryan Thacker (16-11) from the game. Thacker allowed seven runs, six earned, on eight hits over four innings.


The Westerwinds added a single run in the fifth and sixth innings to extend their hold over the Ladies to 9-4. The score remained a five-run deficit for Centenary until the Maroon and White made a last ditch effort in the bottom of the final inning.


Caitlin Cavarra singled to start the seventh and, after an out, Doria singled as well. Shepperd then collected her third hit and her third RBI of the game with a single to left field. Haley Bassett followed with a two-run double, plating both Doria and Shepperd, to bring the score to 9-7 with one out.


Western Illinois then made a pitching change. The new hurler hit Lauren Flowers and after a fielder’s choice and a walk moved the tying run to second base, Jennifer Martin struck out looking with the bases loaded to end the game.


Matak and Shepperd each went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Doria and Bassett both collected two hits in the loss. Martin homered in the fourth inning.


Game two was a seesaw affair until the home half of the fourth inning. Centenary had just posted four runs in a five-minute span on five hits to take the lead at 4-3. But, No.3 IPFW (17-23) had 14 straight batters reach base and scored 11 times in the inning to take a commanding lead at 14-4.


The Ladies battled back and used homeruns from Flowers and Martin, her second of the day and third on the season, to pull within six at 14-8, but that is as close as the Maroon and White would get.


Centenary collected 15 hits against IPFW, led by Allison McClain’s 3-for-3 performance. Cavarra, Matak, Shepperd, and Martin each tallied two hits apiece. Shepperd also added two RBI and ended the season with an 11-game hit streak. Every Centenary starter had at least one hit in the loss.