Ladies Play Well at No.15 Texas
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas-Opening up its season at No. 15 Texas, the Centenary softball team had a challenge ahead, but the Ladies showed well despite falling 6-0 to the Longhorns on Tuesday evening.

After walking the first Texas batter, Centenary was able to escape a potential scoring threat in the bottom of the first when senior catcher Haley Bassett gunned her first Longhorn runner out attempting to steal second.

The top of the second opened with two Ladies strikeouts, however junior pitcher Sara Dornelas helped her cause by singling down the left field line, but was left on base as Texas ended the inning.

The Longhorns were able to plate their first run in the bottom half of the second when Amy Hooks singled up the middle, advanced to second and third after a wild pitch and a fly out, before scoring on a single through the left side by Taylor Hoagland.

Down by one, sophomore Katie Matthews singled, however a fielder's choice followed, leaving a runner alone at first with two outs as Texas was able to again close out another scoreless inning.

The bottom of the third gave way to two runs by Texas after Centenary allowed a lead off walk and single to begin. With runners at first and second, junior pitcher Lauren Highsmith entered in relief of Dornelas, but gave up two walks and a wild pitch before giving way to sophomore pitcher Regina Salvatore. Texas ended with two runs on one hit in that frame.

Neither team plated runs in the fourth as the fifth opened with a Dornelas' hit by pitch. However, another fielder's choice left junior Bonnie Matak alone at first with one out. She was able to advance to second on a SAC bunt by Salvatore, but a strikeout left Centenary without a plated run.

Texas was held scoreless in the bottom half.

The Ladies had another chance to score in the sixth as Bassett led off with a single. Freshman Kelsey Regan followed by reaching on a fielding error. With two on and one out, Bassett stole third. A strikeout and Regan caught stealing ended the Centenary's attempt.

Two more runs by Texas followed in the bottom of the sixth. A two-run home run by Tallie Thrasher followed a lead-off walk. Junior Caitlin Cavarra got Centenary going in the top of the seventh, in its last attempt to make a run. Two strikeouts later, senior pinch hitter Beth Krysiak walked, but again, two were left on as Texas escaped, improving to 6-0 on the season.

Texas pitcher Erin Tresselt got the win after firing 4.0 innings, allowing two hits and fanning four. Kim Bruins pitched in relief, earning the save, after tossing 3.0 innings, allowing two hits, one walk and striking out five.

Centenary's Dornelas (0-1) took the loss after pitching 2.1 innings. She allowed three hits and two runs, both earned. Highsmith saw action for 1.1 innings, giving up two hits, three runs, two of which were earned, but walked four. Salvatore threw the final 2.1 innings, allowing one hit and one run.

The Ladies had four knocks on the evening as Dornelas, Bassett, Cavarra, and Matthews each had a hit.

Centenary will head to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Spring Tournament, facing the Islanders first at noon on Thursday.