Ladies Drop Both Contests on Day 1
Saturday, February 27, 2010
OXFORD, Miss.-The Centenary softball team dropped both of its Friday contests at the Red & Blue Classic hosted by Ole Miss. The Ladies fell 5-2 to the Rebels and 8-0 to SIU-Edwardsville in five innings.

The Ladies (2-5) couldn't find a groove offensively as they managed to connect on just four hits over two games, while being fanned 16 times.

Game 1: Ole Miss 5, Centenary 2

Freshman Kelsey Regan (1x2, R, RBI) and senior Haley Bassett (1x3, R, RBI) led the way offensively for Centenary as each belted their first home runs of the season.

Ole Miss went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning on a lead off walk that eventually came around to score on a wild pitch.

Centenary managed to respond in the top of the second when Regan cranked her first collegiate homer to left field to tie the game at 1-1.

The Rebels picked up two runs in both the third  and fourth frames on a three extra base hits, including a two-run home run and a triple that drove in two.

With two outs, Bassett made it a 5-2 game with one swing of the bat, blasting a solo shot to right center field, but Centenary wasn't able to keep the momentum going as it was shut down in the final two innings in order.

Also picking up a hit for Centenary was junior Bonnie Matak (1x3) with an infield single in the first.

Junior Lauren Highsmith got the start, tossing 1.0 inning, while allowing one earned run. Junior Sara Dornelas pitched in relief, but suffered the loss after tossing 2.0 innings and giving two earned runs.

Also seeing action on the mound was sophomore Regina Salvatore, who allowed two runs in the 1.0 inning of work, while junior Courtney Avery threw the final two frames without surrendering a run.

Game 2: SIU-Edwardsville 8, Centenary 0 (5 innings)

SIU-Edwardsville picked up three runs in the top of the first when the first two batters reach on walks, followed by a three-run blast. The Cougars then plated another run in the second on two hits and an error.

Centenary had a chance in the bottom of the second when sophomore Kalyn Harris and Regan each walked, but two Ladies strikeouts ended any chance of garnering a run early in the game.

The Ladies were retired in order over the next two innings, allowing SIU-Edwardsville to go up 8-0 with four more runs in the top of the fifth on four hits and two walks.

Centenary's Dornelas singled in the latter part of the frame before pinch-hitter senior Beth Krysiak drew a walk, however a groundout ended the inning.

Dornelas earned Centenary's only hit on the game, while the Cougars had eight knocks.

On the mound was Dornelas, who tossed 4.2 innings, allowing all eight runs. Salvatore threw the final two outs of the game.

Centenary will return to action tomorrow at 10:00 am against Murray State.