Ladies Blast Bombs to Beat Stetson
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

DeLand, Fla.—Two home runs by freshman Lindsey Smith and a game tying blast by senior Allison McClain gave the Centenary softball team a late-game spark, lifting the Ladies to a 6-3 eight-inning victory over Stetson on Wednesday evening in non-conference play.


Centenary (10-3) fell down 2-0 to the Hatters in the bottom of the second when their first four batters reached base. The Ladies found a way to escape the jam, as sophomore pitcher Jessica Bock got the final batter to strike out swinging, leaving three runners on to end the inning.


Centenary struggled to get the bats going, posting only two hits through six innings and Stetson (7-7) managed to put up another run in the bottom half of the sixth to make it 3-0.


Smith led off the top of the seventh with her fifth home run of the season to put the Ladies on the board, 3-1. A pinch-hit walk by freshman Kalyn Harris followed, allowing McClain to tie the game at three apiece on a blast over the right field fence, her first of the season.


A successful seventh inning by Centenary at the plate, garnering two hits and three runs and a solid pitching performance by freshman Hillary Phillips, who relieved Bock in the third, sent the game into extra innings.


In the top of the eighth, sophomore Caitlin Cavarra led off the inning with a double off the left field fence. Junior Haley Bassett singled to centerfield, advancing Cavarra to third, and taking second base on her own to put two runners in scoring position. With first base empty, Stetson chose to pitch to Smith, who had already tallied two hits on the game.


Smith connected on her second home run of the evening and sixth of the season, to make it a 6-3 ball game, which proved to be all the Ladies needed as they finished off the Hatters in the latter part of the eighth to win their 10th game of the season.


Centenary out hit Stetson, 7-4 on the game, while pushing three runs across in both the seventh and eighth innings.


Smith led the Ladies at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and scoring two runs. Bassett went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Meanwhile, McClain was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored and Cavarra was 1-for-2, scoring one of Centenary’s six runs.


Phillips got the win, improving to 5-1 on the season. The Odessa, Texas native threw 5.2 innings, giving up just two hits, no earned runs, while striking out two. Bock started on the mound, tossing 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and two runs, while walking five.


The Ladies will open play at Stetson’s tournament beginning Friday at 11 a.m. (eastern) against the Kentucky Wildcats of the SEC.