Ladies Split Doubleheader with Southern Utah
Saturday, April 25, 2009

SHREVEPORT – It was a tough first game for the Centenary softball team falling to Southern Utah 2-0, but the Ladies answered back nicely with a 3-1 Summit League victory over the Thunderbirds in the nightcap.


Game one


The Ladies (29-18, 12-6) and Thunderbirds (20-28, 10-10) played to a scoreless tie until the sixth when Natalie McBurney broke the goose eggs with a two-run shot. Centenary’s offense meanwhile, could just produce two hits, as sophomore Caitlin Cavarra and senior Allison McClain each got a knock.


The Ladies best chance to score came in the first when Cavarra led-off the bottom half with a double. Freshman Lindsey Smith then walked, while junior Allison Shepperd was hit by a pitch. However, SUU pitcher Kristina Brooks got the Ladies next two batters to strike out, which ended the threat.


Game two


Centenary’s offense didn’t stay dormant for long in the nightcap, as Smith belted her 12th home run of the season to right field. The Ladies would then tack on two more runs in the fifth with Cavarra knocking one and Smith driving in her second of the day.


Freshman Hillary Phillips (15-7) went the distance and allowed just one run on two hits. The Odessa, Texas, native also struck four and walked just one to notch her 15th win of the season.    


Centenary and SUU will conclude the series on Saturday at 12 p.m. with ‘Senior Day’ honors starting at 11:45 a.m.