Ladies Beat SFA 1-0, Collect 14th Straight Victory
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team extended its school record win streak to 14 games with a 1-0 victory over a tough Stephen F. Austin team on Wednesday. Stacy Whitmer tossed a gem for the Ladies and Jennifer Martin came up with a clutch two-out double in the fifth to improve Centenary’s home record to a perfect 12-0.

 

Centenary (23-15) placed a runner on base in each of the first two innings to start the game, but could not mount a rally.

 

Meanwhile, Stephen F. Austin (23-15) was held at bay by Whitmer all night long. The sophomore cruised through three innings, while allowing just one hit. She walked a batter in the fourth and the runner advanced to second on a wild pitch for SFA’s first real scoring threat of the game. But, Whitmer induced a pop up to the catcher from clean up hitter Jessica Tullos and a then struck out Briana Bishop to work out of the jam.

 

Whitmer also used a pair of strikeouts in the top of the fifth to strand a runner on second, who had singled and advanced on an error. On the night, she would surrender just two hits and a walk, while striking out eight over five innings.

 

The Ladies would rally in the bottom of the fifth to give Whitmer her seventh straight win.

 

Lauren Flowers began the inning with a great at bat. The senior fell behind in the count early, but battled her way back to earn a lead off walk. Allison McClain then tried to put down an intentional hard bunt, attempting to push the ball past the rapidly approaching corner infielders, but instead directed it right to the pitcher Debra Boles. Boles wheeled and got Flowers at second for the first out.

 

After Lyn Virdell fouled out for the second out of the frame, Martin laced a double down the left field line. The senior was ahead in the count 3-0 and took the next pitch for a strike. She seemed to not agree with the call as she took a few steps towards first base, before returning for another pitch. The sequence turned out to be just what the Ladies needed, however, as the next pitch was driven by Martin. McClain was waved all the way around from first base and reached the plate easily after SFA’s left fielder missed the cut-off man.

 

Leading 1-0, Ryan Thacker tossed a scoreless sixth inning and Lauren Highsmith duplicated the effort in the seventh to earn her Summit League leading sixth save of the year. The Ladies pitching staff gave up only three hits and one walk in the win and combined for its 11th shutout of the season.

 

Centenary collected only four hits of its own on the evening. Caitlin Cavarra, Bonnie Matak, Haley Bassett, and Martin each tallied a safety.

 

Centenary has now won 21 of its last 23 games on the season. The Ladies will look to extend both their overall and Summit League win streaks, which sits at nine games, when they travel to Omaha, Nebraska, to take on South Dakota State this weekend.