Matak's Blast Lifts Ladies Over NSU, 4-3
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

NATCHITOCHES, La.—The Centenary softball team used a two-run homerun from freshman Bonnie Matak in the sixth to erase an early 3-0 deficit and win 4-3 at Northwestern State on Wednesday. The victory is the fourth in a row on the road for the Ladies and improves Centenary’s record against Louisiana opponents to a perfect 9-0 on the season.


Centenary (28-23) got off to a slow start as three Northwestern State (8-43) hits and two Ladies errors led to three runs in the first inning for the Lady Demons.


A single, an error and a double plated NSU’s first run of the game without an out yet recorded on the board. After a ground out, another single put the home team on top 2-0. With two outs, another fielding error on Centenary allowed the third run.


Allowing three runs in the first inning, but only one earned, did not linger with Centenary’s starting pitcher Ryan Thacker. She tossed two scoreless innings, retiring all six batters she faced the rest of the way, before giving way to Stacy Whitmer in the fourth inning.


Whitmer kept the pressure on the Lady Demon hitters, hurling four scoreless innings and surrendering just one hit.


Meanwhile, the Centenary offense kicked in and got the Ladies right back into the game. With two outs in the second inning and Lauren Flowers on second courtesy of a walk and a ground out, Jennifer Martin and Caitlin Cavarra put together back-to-back infield singles to push Flowers across. A short time later, Cavarra drew a throw on a steal of second base, which allowed Martin to score from third.


Still trailing 3-2 in the sixth, the Ladies put together a quick-strike rally with two outs. Cavarra reached base with her second infield hit of the night and Matak belted her team-leading seventh homerun to right center to put Centenary on top.


Whitmer made the lead stick to move her record to 11-9 on the year.


Allison Shepperd went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Ladies and ripped her 15th double on the season. That number places her second all-time for most doubles in a single campaign. The record is 17.


Centenary returns to Summit League play this weekend when it hosts Western Illinois in a three-game series beginning on Friday with a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Saturday’s game will begin at noon and will feature senior day festivities before the contest. The Ladies seniors being honored include Lauren Flowers, Jennifer Martin, Lyn Virdell, and Amy Wiedeman.