Ladies Play Well, Edged in Series Finale, 2-1
Saturday, April 10, 2010

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary softball team rallied to pull within one run in the bottom of the seventh, but fell short in a 2-1 loss to Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon in Summit League action.

The Ladies (9-24, 3-12 Summit) again battled a tough undefeated Western Illinois (23-12, 9-0 Summit) pitching performance by Kamren Ferguson, posting just three hits on the day, all of which came in the final inning.

Juniors Caitlin Cavarra (1x3), Bonnie Matak (1x3) and sophomore Kalyn Harris (1x3, RBI) each had a hit, while senior Allison Shepperd plated the lone run for Centenary.

Junior Sara Dornelas (4.2,4,1,1,1,4) had one of her strongest performances of late, tossing 4.2 innings with just one run scored on four hits with four strikeouts. The righty suffered the loss, falling to 8-16 on the season.

Also seeing action on the mound was junior Lauren Highsmith (1.1,2,1,0,2,1) who allowed no earned runs on two hits in 1.1 innings of work, while sophomore Reggie Salvatore (1.0,2,0,0,0,0) gave up two hits over one inning.

Dornelas and her supportive defense held an offensively sound Fighting Leatherneck team scoreless through four innings until Nikki Marinec belted a solo home run in the top of the fifth for a 1-0 lead.

The Fighting Leathernecks would go up 2-0 in the final inning on four hits and an error.

Ferguson was doing her part on the mound for Western Illinois as she maintained a perfect game until the bottom of the seventh when Cavarra led off the inning with a single to right field. She was followed by an infield single from Matak.

Shepperd would reach on a fielder's choice and would advance when Matak was caught stealing third. Harris would make it a one-run game with an RBI-single to right field, scoring Shepperd, however Western Illinois was able to escape the late rally as Centenary stranded one on base.

Marinec was 3x3 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Fighting Leathernecks at the plate.

Ferguson (7.0,3,1,1,0,7) earned the win after tossing her second complete-game shutout this weekend, allowing one run on three hits with seven strikeouts.

Centenary will return to action when it travels to Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday as the first pitch is set at 4:00 pm.