Ladies Blanked in Double-Header
Saturday, April 10, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Facing Summit League leader Western Illinois, the Centenary softball team was held scoreless on Friday as it dropped Game 1, 6-0, and Game 2, 2-0, to the Fighting Leathernecks.

The Ladies (9-23, 3-11) picked up just three hits over two contests, falling to 3-11 in league play, while Western Illinois (22-12, 8-0) remained perfect with an 8-0 record in the Summit League.

Game 1: Western Illinois 6, Centenary 0

Centenary garnered just one hit in the first game as sophomore Kalyn Harris drove the ball up the middle for a 1x3 effort at the plate.

Fighting Leatheneck pitcher Kamren Ferguson (7.0,1,0,0,1,7) tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just one hit and seven strikeouts for the win.

Junior Sara Dornelas (1.0,3,4,1,1,2) pitched the first inning for Centenary, but was tagged with the loss after allowing one earned run on three hits with two strikeouts.

Sophomore Reggie Salvatore (6.0,6,2,1,1,1) threw the final 6.0 innings, giving up one earned on six hits.

Western Illinois went up 4-0 in the first inning after its first three batters reached base.

Centenary was shut down for most of the game offensively until freshman Kelsey Regan would reach on a walk in the fifth, however, Ferguson proved too strong for the Ladies in the end.

Colleen Biebel led Western Illinois at the plate with a 3x4, one-run performance. ­

Game 2: Western Illinois 2, Centenary 0

Dornelas (4.0,7,1,1,1,2) tossed 4.0 solid innings in Game 2, but again, suffered the loss after allowing one run on seven hits. Junior Lauren Highsmith (3.0,2,1,1,0,0) pitched the final 3.0 innings in relief, giving up one run on two hits.

The Ladies had two hits on the game as senior Allison Shepperd doubled for a 1x3 effort at the plate and Regan (1x2) singled.

It remained a scoreless game until Western Illinois plated the first run in the top of the third when Biebel would double down right field line, driving in Julie DePolo who reached on a single to make it a 1-0 game.

Centenary's defense would handle the Fighting Leatherneck offense for much of the game until Western Illinois would go up 2-0 in the seventh when DePolo would double to center field with two outs. She would then advance two bases and score on back-to-back wild pitches.

Centenary had a chance in the seventh to plate a run as Shepperd drilled a double to right center to lead off the inning, though a strikeout and lineout double-play would end the inning.

Western Illinois' Lori Pankratz (7.0,2,0,0,0,7) had a strong outing, tossing a complete-game shutout with just two hits and seven strikeouts for the win.

DePolo and Biebel each had two hits.

Centenary and Western Illinois will wrap up the three-game series with a single game on Saturday at Noon.