Ladies Take Third at Mizuno Classic
Monday, March 10, 2008

STILLWATER, Okla.—The Centenary softball team lost a tough game to Oklahoma State 5-1, but downed Texas Wesleyan 9-1 to take third place in the Mizuno Classic on Sunday. The Ladies pounded out 15 hits in the twin bill and finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.


Centenary (10-15) scored first in its match up with Oklahoma State (12-11), taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Haley Bassett singled up the middle and then advanced to third on consecutive groundouts. Amy Wiedeman then came through with a clutch two-out single down the right field line to put the Ladies on top.


The score remained in Centenary’s favor as pitcher Ryan Thacker shut down the Cowgirls offense. However, in the fifth inning, Oklahoma State put runners on second and third with one out and scored its first run on a passed ball. A sacrifice fly followed, giving the home team a 2-1 advantage.


With two outs and a runner on first in the sixth, Oklahoma State hit a single and back-to-back doubles produced three more runs for the Cowgirls.


Thacker (6-6) took the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Bassett continued her hot hitting, going 2-for-3, while Caitlin Cavarra, Allison Shepperd, Allison McClain, and Wiedeman all collected hits.


In the Ladies final game of the tournament, Centenary jumped all over Texas Wesleyan (4-14) early, scoring seven runs in the opening inning. It was the second time in as many days the Ladies posted a seven-spot against TWU.


Centenary got three straight hits to start the first inning by Cavarra, Emerald Doria, and Lauren Flowers. Shepperd reached on a fielder’s choice, but TWU failed to get an out on the play, pushing across Cavarra for the 1-0 lead. Bassett then drew a walk to force in another run for the Ladies.


After a fly out, McClain reached on another fielder’s choice, this one scoring Flowers. An error on Wiedeman’s grounder plated Shepperd and after another fly out, Cavarra walked home another run. The scoring ended after Doria singled for the second time in the inning to bring in McClain and Wiedeman.


The Ladies pitching staff did not allow a run until the fifth inning, but Centenary’s offense added two in the bottom of the frame to force the eight-run rule into effect. A two-out single by Leslie Postles started the late rally and Jennifer Martin tripled home a run. Cavarra’s single up the middle brought in Martin to end the game.


Cavarra and Doria both went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run. Centenary’s nine runs in the victory were scored by nine different players.


The Ladies return home to host South Alabama at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Two days later Centenary opens Summit League play with a three-game set in Shreveport against IUPUI.