Matak and Wiedeman Spark Ladies to 6-5 Victory
Saturday, April 5, 2008

OMAHA, Neb.—The Centenary softball team shook off its doubleheader loss to South Dakota State on Friday and bounced back to win the final game of the series, 6-5, in extra innings on Saturday. The gritty performance by the Ladies improved their Summit League record to a lofty 10-2 through four weeks of play.


Centenary (24-17, 10-2 Summit) received power and consistency from freshman Bonnie Matak and senior Amy Wiedeman on the day. The Ladies also got a strong pitching performance from Stacy Whitmer to salvage the game three win.


Wiedeman, who collected four hits through the first two games, tallied two more hits on Saturday. The lefty came through with an RBI single in the second inning to score Lauren Flowers with two outs to land Centenary on top 1-0.


South Dakota State (13-20, 6-3 Summit) answered directly in the bottom of the frame when two Jackrabbits homered off of Ladies starting pitcher Ryan Thacker.


Centenary fought right back with two runs in the top of the third inning to reclaim the lead at 3-2. A double by Caitlin Cavarra, a single by Matak, and a walk by Emerald Doria loaded the bases with no outs. Allison Shepperd singled to center field to plate two, but the Ladies were retired in order after that, stranding two on the base paths.


SDSU led off the home half of the fourth with its third long ball of the day to knot the game at three apiece. Whitmer then replaced Thacker in the circle, but allowed a single, a walk, and a double as the Jackrabbits took a 5-3 advantage.


For the second day in a row, Matak led off an inning with a homerun, this one coming in the fifth. After two batters were retired, the Ladies used small ball to plate the tying run. Haley Bassett worked a walk with two outs and stole second. Flowers then responded with a clutch single to bring the tally to 5-5.


Neither team pushed another run across, so the game headed for extra innings.


In the top of the eighth, Bassett singled and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Flowers. Allison McClain grounded out, but Wiedeman again came through and laced a double, driving in Bassett with what turned out to be the winning run.


Whitmer (8-6) pitched a one, two, three bottom of the eighth to pick up her eighth win of the season. She did not allow another hit after her first inning and struck out seven in five innings of relief.


Matak finished with three hits and two runs on the day for Centenary. Bassett also scored twice, while Shepperd and Wiedeman each had a pair of RBI.


The Ladies return to action on Wednesday when they put their 12-0 home record on the line with a doubleheader against North Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.