Phillips Shuts Out Hatters, Ladies Win 1-0
Saturday, February 28, 2009


DELAND, Fla.—In its last and final game of the Hatter Classic hosted by Stetson University, the Centenary softball team used a solid pitching performance and strong defense, along with a 7th inning rally to steal a 1-0 game away from Stetson on Saturday evening.


Centenary (11-6) freshman pitcher Hillary Phillips threw a complete game shutout giving up just three hits, a walk, while fanning three.


The Ladies were held hitless by Hatter pitcher Amanda Lindsey until the top of the fourth when sophomore Bonnie Matak singled to second base. In the bottom half of the inning, Stetson picked up two of its three hits, but Centenary found a way to avoid a Hatter rally, leaving two runners on base.


Centenary had another opportunity when junior Haley Bassett led off the top of the fifth inning with a triple down the right field line, but was stranded on third with three consecutive Centenary outs.


A quick sixth inning, led the Ladies to open the top of the seventh with a walk by Matak. With one out, Bassett walked to put runners at first and second. Lindsey Smith then followed by pulling a hard ground ball to Stetson’s first baseman that deflected off her leg, advancing all runners.


In a bases loaded situation, freshman Katie Matthews drove her first pitch through the right side, scoring Matak for the only run of the game. Bassett attempted to score, but was called out at the plate on a tag by the catcher.


Stetson couldn’t capitalize on a lead off walk in the bottom of the seventh, as Phillips was able to get the final three outs on two pop ups and a ground out to end the game.


Stetson’s Lindsey held the Ladies to just three hits, while striking out eight on the evening. Matak and Bassett went 1-for-2, while Matthews was 1-for-3 with an RBI for Centenary at the plate.


The win completed the week of games in Florida for Centenary, as it heads home for match ups against Grambling on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Baylor, Wednesday at 5 p.m.