Ladies Sweep Grambling in Doubleheader
Tuesday, February 26, 2008

GRAMBLING, La.—The Centenary softball team combined for 20 hits in its doubleheader sweep of Grambling on Tuesday. The Ladies now have a three-game win streak after dismissing the Tigers 2-1 and 5-1.

Centenary (5-13) posted both its runs in the opening game in the first inning. Caitlin Cavarra led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bonnie Matak. After a groundout, Allison Shepperd singled to right field with two outs to plate Cavarra. Allison McClain then extended her current hit streak to five games with a double to plate Shepperd.

Grambling (4-10) pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, but the pitching combination of Stacy Whitmer and Lauren Highsmith shut down the Tigers the rest of the way. The duo combined to strike out 13 hitters and scattered just four hits. Whitmer earned her first win of the season, while Highsmith picked up her first save.

Game two was a scoreless affair until Centenary broke through in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, Shepperd laced a double down the left field line and Flowers followed with an RBI single.

The Ladies added two more runs in the sixth to move on top 3-1. Shepperd found the right center field gap for a triple and again scored on a single by Flowers. Flowers stole second and then scored on a two-out single by Beth Krysiak.

Grambling managed a run in the sixth and then Haley Bassett’s double in the seventh added two insurance runs for pitcher Ryan Thacker. Thacker tossed five innings of relief after Highsmith started the game, allowing just one hit and one unearned run, while evening her record at 4-4 on the season.

Seven Centenary batters notched a hit in each of the games. Flowers and Shepperd each finished with four hits on the day, while Cavarra had three. Matak, Bassett, and Martin all recorded two hits in the twin bill.

The Ladies return to action on Thursday when they host Louisiana Tech in their home-opener at 5:30 p.m.