Ladies Win in Walk-Off Fashion
Saturday, March 13, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Junior Sara Dornelas belted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to break up a 4-4 tie, sending the Centenary softball team away with a 5-4 win over Oakland on Saturday afternoon in Summit League action.

The Ladies (8-10, 2-1 Summit) secured the series win, taking two-of-three from the Golden Grizzlies (7-15, 1-2 Summit) as junior Lauren Highsmith (4.2,0,0,0,3,7) pitched 4.2 innings in relief to garner her first win of the season. The right-hander tossed a no-run, no-hit gem with seven strikeouts after coming in down 4-0.

Centenary mustered up 10 hits on the day as juniors Caitlin Cavarra (2x3, RBI), Bonnie Matak (2x3, RBI) and sophomore Kalyn Harris (2x4, R, RBI) each led the Ladies with two hits and an RBI.

Also picking up a knock in the win was Dornelas (1x4, R, RBI) with a solo shot, seniors Haley Bassett (1x2, 2 R, RBI), Allison Shepperd (1x3) and freshman Callie Herrington (1x3, R).

After playing two scoreless innings, Oakland jumped on board with four runs in the top of the third on three hits, including a two-run home run to left center by Haley Emerson.

The Ladies would respond with one run in the latter half of the inning when Harris reached on an infield single, scoring Bassett who led off the frame with a walk.

Highsmith would relieve starter Dornelas (2.1,5,4,4,0,1) who allowed all four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings of work.

Centenary would begin to chip away at the Golden Grizzly lead with two more runs in the fourth when Herrington, Bassett, Matak and Shepperd put up consecutive singles.

Highsmith downed Oakland in the top of the fifth in order. In the bottom of the frame, Harris got things going with a double to right center. Pinch hitter freshman Kelsey Regan would move Harris to third on a groundout, allowing Cavarra to drive Harris in on a double to centerfield, evening the score at 4-4.

Oakland had a chance in the sixth, but Herrington made a spectacular diving play, ending the inning with a flip to Cavarra at second base. Centenary wasn't able to push a run across in the bottom half, leaving one stranded.

Again, Highsmith was able to control the Oakland offense, giving her team a chance for the win in the seventh. With one out, Dornelas' home run over the left field wall sent the Ladies home victorious.

Oakland's Marisa Everitt (3.1,3,2,2,1,3) took the loss, after allowing two earned runs on three hits in 3.1 innings.

Emerson led the Golden Grizzlies at the plate with two hits and two RBI.

Centenary will return to action on Wednesday when it travels to Louisiana-Monroe for a 6:00 pm contest.