Ladies Drop Two at Hatter Classic
Friday, February 27, 2009

On day one of the Stetson Hatter Classic, the Centenary softball team struggled to produce runs, dropping both contests on the afternoon. The Ladies fell 4-0 to Kentucky and 8-3 to Maryland.


Game One: Kentucky 4, Centenary 0


The Wildcats managed to go up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning on two hits. The Ladies’ only hits on the game came in the top of the third inning, when senior Allison McClain led off the frame with a single to left field. She was followed by sophomore Bonnie Matak, who pulled a hard ground ball through the right side to put two runners on with only one out.


Though, Kentucky was able to get the next two batters to fly out, not allowing Centenary to make any more noise the rest of the game. With a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats put up three more runs on two hits to secure the win.


Sophomore Jessica Bock (5-3) suffered the loss in game one, going six innings, giving up four runs on six hits.


Kentucky pitcher Chanda Bell (4-1) shut out the Ladies on the afternoon, the first time this season Centenary didn’t produce a run in 14 games. Bell threw seven complete innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out 12.


For Centenary, McClain and Matak each went 1-for-2.


Game Two: Maryland 8, Centenary 3


Freshman Katie Matthews’ belted two home runs, while driving in all three runs for the Ladies against Maryland in game two.


It was 0-0 ball game through the first inning, though the Terps found a way to push one run across in both the second and third innings. Down 2-0, Maryland added two more runs in the top of the fourth to make it 4-0, while Centenary didn’t garner a hit until the bottom of the fifth.


Freshman Lindsey Smith began a rally for the Ladies with a lead off single to center field. She was followed by Matthews’ first home run of the afternoon, a two-run blast to left center.


With the Ladies inching their way back, Maryland produced another run in the top of the sixth and three more in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 8-2. Centenary gave itself a chance in the bottom half of the inning, when Matthews, again, sent her first pitch of her at-bat over the right field fence, picking up her third RBI of the game. Two walks followed by McClain and Emerald Doria, but Centenary couldn’t connect on anymore hits to drive in the last few runners left on base.


Freshman Hillary Phillips (5-2) picked up the loss, throwing five innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while fanning four. Sophomore Lauren Highsmith relieved Phillips, tossing the final two innings, allowing earned runs on four hits.


Game two was led by Matthews’ 2-for-3 performance, while scoring two runs and driving in all three. Smith was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Caitlin Cavarra tacked on a hit, going 1-for-3 with a walk.


Centenary will be back in action tomorrow in a 1:30 p.m. (eastern) contest against Maryland and a 6:30 p.m. (eastern) game against host, Stetson. For live action, log onto www.gohatters.com.