Ladies Wrap Up Regular Season with 9-3 Win at IPFW
Saturday, May 3, 2008

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Centenary softball team used a 9-3 victory over IPFW on the road Saturday to close out its regular season by winning two of three from the Mastodons. The Ladies pounded out 10 hits and used a four-run sixth inning to pull away.


Centenary (34-24, 17-7 Summit) broke open a scoreless game in the third inning with a quick strike attack. Haley Bassett doubled to left field and then scored immediately when Lauren Flowers singled up the middle. Flowers advanced to second on the throw to the plate and then scored on a two-out single by Allison McClain.


IPFW (16-22, 8-8 Summit) answered back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame. The Mastodons took advantage of a Centenary fielding error and a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 2-2.


The Ladies plated a run in the fifth on a homerun to center field by Flowers, but again IPFW matched Centenary with a run in the inning on another Ladies error.


The game would finally be put away in the sixth inning as Centenary used three hits and two walks and capitalized on an IPFW error to cross the plate four times. McClain, Bonnie Matak, and Allison Shepperd each singled in the inning for the Ladies.


Centenary added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. After a hit batsman and walk got things going, Jennifer Martin singled and Matak tripled to provide the Ladies with some breathing room.


Ryan Thacker started the game in the circle for Centenary and tossed 3.1 innings. She allowed two unearned runs on five hits. Yesterday’s hero, Lauren Highsmith, relieved Thacker in the fourth and picked up her second win in as many days to improve to 5-5 on the year. She pitched 3.2 innings and allowed an unearned run on four hits.


Matak picked up three hits in the victory for Centenary, while Flowers and McClain each notched two hits apiece.


The Ladies next action will take place on Friday in the opening round of The Summit League Tournament. Centenary will serve as the top seed in the event, but its opponent has yet to be determined pending the outcome of the rest of today’s conference softball slate.