Oakland Takes Two from Ladies in Friday's Double-Header
Friday, April 1, 2011
ROCHESTER, Mich.-The Centenary softball team dropped both games of Friday's double-header, falling 8-0 in five innings and 11-3 in six innings to Summit League foe, Oakland University.

The Ladies dropped to 2-22 overall and 1-10 in conference play with the two losses.

Game 1: Oakland 8, Centenary 0 (5 innings)
Centenary could only muster up one hit in Game 1, coming off the bat of sophomore Kelsey Regan, while Oakland connected on five hits.

The Golden Grizzlies opened the game with two runs in the first inning on a leadoff walk, two sacrifice bunts and a homerun. Centenary's only knock came in the top of the second inning when Regan led off with a single to right field, though Oakland was able to escape without any Ladies' damage.

Oakland began to take advantage of three Centenary errors when it plated a run in the latter half of the second and five in the fourth. The Ladies only saw one other base runner when junior Leah Dark reached on a walk in the third frame.

Senior Lauren Highsmith (3.0,2,5,4,5,4) took the loss in Game 1 after allowing four earned runs on two hits and five walks in 3.0 innings of work. The righty struck out four, but fell to 2-16 on the season.

Freshman Lysni Unruh (1.0,3,3,2,0,1) tossed 1.0 inning of relief, giving up two earned runs on three hits.
Oakland's Brittany Doyle (5.0,1,0,0,1,3) went all 5.0 innings, allowing just one hit, while fanning three for the win.

Game 2: Oakland 11, Centenary 3 (6 innings)
Centenary was able to tally six hits, but Oakland put up strong offensive numbers, connecting on 16 hits for the win.

Junior Kalyn Harris led the Ladies at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort, one run scored and two RBI. Sophomore Bailey Boggs (1x3), junior Reggie Salvatore (1x3, R), sophomore Jenny King (1x3), and senior Bonnie Matak (1x2) each picked up a hit.

The Ladies got things going early with a run in the top of the second. King doubled down the left field line and was followed by a single off the bat of Harris. With runners at first and third, Harris stole second. However a fielder's choice held King from scoring, but allowed junior Phyllis Hafer's groundout to plate Harris from third for a 1-0 lead.

Oakland would quickly answer back with eight runs over the next three frames, including another five run, third inning, which came on six hits.

Down 8-1, Centenary continued to fight and managed to plate two runs in the top of the sixth on an two-run single by Harris, scoring Salvatore who reached on a single and Regan who walked to make it an 8-3 game.

Oakland built on their solid lead with three final runs in the bottom of the sixth on four straight hits, including two RBI-doubles.

Unruh (5.2,16,11,9,1,1) pitched all 5.2 innings, but took the loss and fell to 0-5 on the year. The right-hander allowed nine earned runs on 16 hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Oakland's Alison Tinsel (5.2,6,3,3,1,1) earned the win in Game 2, allowing three earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work.

Centenary and Oakland will wrap up the three-game series on Saturday. Game time is set for 11 am CT. Live stats are available at www.ougrizzlies.com.