Ladies Snap Skid with Win, Split Twinbill
Saturday, May 8, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Playing in its final series of the season, the Centenary softball team made a strong showing in Friday's double-header against IUPUI with a split, falling 8-6 in Game 1 and taking an impressive 11-7 win in Game 2 in Summit League action.

The Ladies snapped a 14-game skid with the Game 2 win and earned its 10th victory of the season for a 10-33 record and a 4-18 mark in league play.

Game 1: IUPUI 8, Centenary 6

Centenary managed to put up seven hits, five of which came in the fifth inning after being held without a knock. Leading the way offensively was junior Bonnie Matak with a 2x4, one-run, one-RBI performance.

Freshman Callie Herrington (1x2, R, 2 RBI) drove in two on a sharp single just passed the shortstop, while senior Allison Shepperd (1x3, RBI), junior Lauren Highsmith (1x1, R, RBI) and senior Beth Krysiak (0x1, RBI, BB) each drove in a run.

Junior Caitlin Cavarra (1x4, R) and freshman Kelsey Regan (1x1) each had a hit.

Starter Sara Dornelas (5.2,10,7,7,1,6) suffered the loss after tossing 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts. Highsmith (1.1,3,1,1,1,0) pitched the final 1.1 inning, giving up one run on three hits.

Centenary was held hitless until the sixth inning when pinch hitter Regan got things going with a single to center field. That hit sparked a six-run inning after being down 8-0 to open the frame.

Hits from Cavarra, Matak, Highsmith and Herrington and a bases loaded walk from Krysiak, a sacrifice fly from Shepperd and a RBI from Matthews narrowed the score by two runs.

However, it was the early lead by the Jaguars that allowed them to secure the late rally and hold on for the win.

Samantha Bumbaugh (5.2,4,5,2,0,8) picked up the win for IUPUI, surrendering two earned runs on four hits in 5.2 innings of work with eight strikeouts.

Amy Raker (0.2,0,0,0,0,0) tossed the final two outs to earn the save.

Kelsey Rupert, Leah Prewitt, Chelsie Hale, and Mia Ettl each had two hits for IUPUI.

Game 2: Centenary 11, IUPUI 7

Shepperd and Regan each belted a home run to left the Ladies to a Game 2 victory, snapping its 14-game skid.

Shepperd was solid at the plate, going 3x4 with two runs scored and three RBI to lead the offense. Cavarra was also consistent, hitting 3x4, scoring three runs and driving in one, while Regan (2x4, R, 2 RBI) and Matthews (2x4, R, RBI) each had two knocks.

Matak (1x3, 2 RBI) drove in two with a hit, while Harris (1x4), Krysiak (1x3, R, RBI), Herrington (1x2, 3 R) each had a hit.

Dornelas (4.1,5,4,4,1,3) improved to 9-21 with the win after pitching 4.1 innings in relief. The righty allowed four runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

Sophomore Reggie Salvatore (2.2,4,3,3,3,0) got the start and left with a lead, but only pitched 2.2 innings, giving up three runs on four hits.

Centenary jumped up to a quick 5-0 lead after the first two frames when Shepperd belted her third home run of the season to left field in the first. A four-run second on four hits, including doubles by Matthews, Krysiak and Cavarra.

Ahead 5-0, IUPUI rallied to plate three in the top of the third on a three-run home run by Hale. The Jaguars would go on to take a 6-5 lead in the fourth on another three-run home run by Prewitt.

Matak's double in the latter half of the inning would plate Herrington who led off the frame with a single, tying the game at 6-6. Shepperd's groundout would then put the Ladies back ahead after Cavarra scored after her single.

The Ladies would continue to showcase its offensive capabilities with a four more runs over the next two frames as Regan sent a deep shot over the left field wall for her third bomb of the year. Cavarra, Shepperd, Regan and Matthews would all combine for hits late in the game.

IUPUI put a run up in the seventh, but wasn't able to narrow their deficit anymore.

Bumbaugh (3.2,7,6,6,1,3) took the loss for IUPUI after allowing six runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings of relief.

Hale was 3x4 with a three-run home run for the Jaguars.

Centenary and IUPUI will wrap up the weekend series with a single game on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Seniors Allison Shepperd and Beth Krysiak, along with graduate student Courtney Avery will be honored during pre-game ceremonies.