Ladies Produce Strong Offensive Day, Ease Past Grambling
Thursday, February 25, 2010
GRAMBLING, La.-The Centenary softball team produced a solid offensive day to ease past Grambling, 10-1 in five innings on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action.

The Ladies (2-3) scattered 14 hits as five players had multi-hit days, led by senior Haley Bassett who finished 3x3 with three runs scored and one RBI. Sophomore Kalyn Harris drove in three and scored two runs on a 2x4 day at the plate, while junior Bonnie Matak (2x3, R) and freshmen Rachel Conard (2x3, 2 RBI) and Bailey Boggs (2x3, 2 R) each contributed with two knocks.

Centenary jumped on board, scoring two runs in the top of the first after Bassett led off with a single. She stole second and was driven in on a single by Harris. Moving into scoring position on a ground out, Harris was later plated by a RBI-ground out by Regan.

Grambling picked up a run in the bottom half of the frame on a lead off walk, SAC bunt, which later scored on a Centenary error.

Both teams were held scoreless in the second as the Ladies' offensive prowess opened up with four singles in the third to plate three runs. Back-to-back singles by Boggs and Bassett opened up the frame, allowing Regan to drive in run one and Conard to plate the next two with hits.

The pitching staff of juniors Lauren Highsmith, Sara Dornelas, and sophomore Regina Salvatore combined to shut down Grambling the rest of the way.

Five more runs in the top of the fourth propelled Centenary to the 10-run mark as the Ladies connected on five hits and took advantage of several Grambling errors. Harris drove in two on a triple to left field right after Bassett's double to the left side.

Highsmith (2.0, 1,1,0,2,3) got the start, but was granted a no-decision after tossing 2.0 innings of work, allowing one run on just one hit, while fanning three.

Dornelas (2.0,0,0,0,1,2) took over in the third was received her second win after pitching 2.0 innings of shutout ball with two strikeouts. Salvatore (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) also saw action for 1.0 inning with one strikeout.

Also picking up hits for Centenary were Dornelas (1x3) and junior Caitlin Cavarra (1x3).

Grambling's Patrice Bailey (4.0,12,10,8,0,1) suffered the loss after surrendering 10 runs on 12 hits in 4.0 innings of work.

Centenary will travel to the Ole Miss Red & Blue Classic this weekend. The Ladies will open up with Ole Miss on Friday at 10:00 am followed by a 12:00 pm contest against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.