Ladies Late Run Not Enough in Double-Header Fall
Saturday, April 16, 2011
SHREVEPORT-Sophomore Kelsey Regan belted her first career grand slam to give the Ladies a late lead in the second game, but IPFW would remain consistent and pull off the victory in both contests over the Ladies. The Mastodons took Game 1, 10-2 in five innings and Game 2, 8-6 on Friday evening in Summit League play.

The Ladies fell to 4-28 on the season and 2-15 in league play, while IPFW improved to 22-10 overall and 12-5 against league opponents.

Game 1: IPFW 10, Centenary 2 (5 innings)

Centenary wasn't able to find an offensive groove as it faced All-Region IPFW pitcher Courtney Cronin in Game 1. The Ladies put up just two hits through 5.0 innings.

Senior Lauren Highsmith (2.1,4,4,4,2,1) had a strong 2.0 innings, before allowing four runs on four hits in the top half of the third, giving the Mastodons the early lead and taking the loss.

Centenary managed to put up a run in the latter half of the third on an RBI-groundout by senior Bonnie Matak, scoring freshman Nicole Warren who led off the inning being hit by a pitch.

IPFW would respond with six more runs for a 10-1 lead in the top of the fifth frame as it strung together six hits and took advantage of two Ladies errors. Centenary plated its second run in the bottom of the fifth when Matak singled to right field, scoring sophomore Bailey Boggs who walked.

Freshman Lynsi Unruh (2.2,5,6,5,2,3) tossed the final 2.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Matak led the offensive with a 2-for-2 effort, driving in both runs for the Ladies.

Game 2: IPFW 8, Centenary 6

Centenary had the early lead and watched it disappear until Regan blasted a grand slam to left center to give the Ladies a 6-5 lead through three innings.

The lead by the Ladies was held until IPFW plated two runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh for the win.

Matak allowed her hitting to carry over into Game 2 as she blasted her fourth home run of the season in the first inning to give Centenary a 2-1 lead.

Highsmith (6.0,12,8,8,3,4) took her second loss of the day on the mound as she tossed 6.0 innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits and three walks with four strikeouts. With the loss, Highmsmith fell to 2-21 on the year.

Unruh (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) pitched the final inning, giving up one hit.

Centenary connected on five hits, led by Regan with a 1-for-4 effort, one run scored and four RBI. Matak finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Also picking up hits were freshman Nicole Warren (1x3, R), junior Reggie Salvatore (1x4) and sophomore Jenny King (1x3).

Centenary will wrap up the three-game set on Saturday. Game time is set for Noon. Centenary seniors Lauren Highsmith and Bonnie Matak will be honored during pregame ceremonies.