Ladies Snap Skid; Earn Convincing Win Over Oakland
Saturday, April 2, 2011

ROCHESTER, Mich.-The Centenary softball team snapped its 10-game losing skid with a convincing 9-2 victory over Oakland on Saturday afternoon in Summit League play.

The Ladies (3-22, 2-10 Summit) earned their third win of the season and second in league play and escaped being swept by the Golden Grizzlies.

Centenary managed to take advantage of Oakland's sloppy defense, which resulted in six team errors on the afternoon. The Ladies plated nine runs, the most of the season thus far and seven of the nine came in the first inning.

The game was in the Ladies' favor from the beginning when the first two hitters in freshman Nicole Warren and sophomore Bailey Boggs both reached on errors. A groundout by senior Bonnie Matak advanced the runners up a base, allowing junior Reggie Salvatore to drive in the first run on a single to left field. She was followed by back-to-back RBI-doubles off the bats of sophomore Kelsey Regan and junior Kalyn Harris.

The threat continued as Centenary batted around the order in the opening frame, allowing Warren to single in Harris. Up 7-0, Oakland settled down and held the Ladies scoreless in the second, while senior starter Lauren Highsmith matched that with a strong start.

Centenary added its eighth run of the game in the top of the third inning on an RBI-single by Boggs, scoring senior Lauren Highsmith, who had reached earlier on a fielder's choice. The Ladies would then score in the fourth when Matak led off the frame with a solo shot, her second of the season.

The Ladies looked as if they would garner their first mercy rule-win of the season up 9-0, but Oakland wouldn't back down, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth on two hits.

Freshman Lynsi Unruh (3.1,2,0,0,0,3) relieved Highsmith in the fourth and tossed the final 3.1 innings, not giving up a run and allowing just two hits with three strikeouts for her first win of her collegiate career and improved to 1-5 on the season.

Highsmith (3.2,3,2,2,6,1) tossed 3.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and six walks with one strikeout in the start, but was 0.1 innings shy of the win.

At the plate, Warren led with a 2-for-4 effort, one run scored and an RBI. Harris (1x4, 2 RBI, R) drove in two on one hit, while Matak (1x3, R, RBI) homered. Also picking up a knock was Regan (1x4, R, RBI), Boggs (1x4, R, RBI), Salvatore (1x4, R, RBI), and sophomore Jenny King (1x3).

Centenary will return to action on Wednesday when it travels to LSU-Alexandria for a single game, beginning at 4 pm.