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Ladies Fall in Double-Header Against UMKC
Sunday, April 10, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary softball team fell to UMKC on Saturday in both contests, dropping Game 1, 8-2 and Game 2, 6-2 in Summit League play.

The Ladies (4-24, 2-12 Summit) offensive struggles combined with several defensive miscues allowed UMKC (22-12, 9-5) to gain the early advantage in the series.

Game 1: UMKC 8, Centenary 2

Junior Leah Dark's solo home run in the bottom of the sixth ended UMKC starter Deanna Friese's perfect game as the Ladies connected on two runs in that inning. However, the Kangaroos had scored four runs through the first two frames to cruise to an 8-2 win.

Senior Lauren Highsmith (7.0,9,8,6,6,4) suffered the loss on the mound after tossing a complete game. The righty allowed six earned runs on nine hits and six walks with four strikeouts to fall to 2-17 overall.

Following the first two innings, Highsmith settled down and pitched three straight scoreless frames before allowing one run in the sixth on an RBI-single up the middle.

The Ladies managed to make it a 5-2 game in the latter half of the inning when sophomore Jenny King followed Dark's homer with a single. Two walks allowed senior Bonnie Matak to drive in the second run on a sacrifice fly to right field.

UMKC used three hits and a Centenary error to build on the early lead with three more runs for an 8-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Friese (7.0,2,2,2,2,15) fanned the first nine batters she faced and 11 of the first 12. Centenary was finally able to make the UMKC defense work in the fifth inning, despite being shut down in order.

The Ladies only connected on two hits off the bats of Dark and King.

Game 2: UMKC 6, Centenary 2

Freshman Lynsi Unruh (7.0,9,6,1,5,2) may have taken the loss in Game 2 and fell to 2-6 on the year, but the righty allowed just one earned run on nine hits and five walks in 7.0 complete innings, while striking out two.

Centenary connected on seven hits, led by juniors Kalyn Harris (2x3) and Ashley Boccaccio (2x3) with two hits apiece. Freshman Nicole Warren (1x3, R, RBI), sophomores Bailey Boggs (1x3) and Kelsey Regan (1x2) each had a hit.

The Ladies grabbed the early lead with one run in the bottom of the first when Warren opened the game with a lead off single to right field. She would advance to second on a mishandled ball and third on a sacrifice bunt by Boggs. A ground ball off the bat of junior Reggie Salvatore plated Warren for the first run of the game.

UMKC would then answer back with five runs on three hits and an error. A lead off double opened the frame and, while a two-run single to center field sealed the game.

It was a shutout game from then on as both teams were held scoreless until the seventh inning. The Kangaroos went up 6-1 on an RBI-infield single.

Centenary would match that in the latter half of the frame after Regan walked. A single by Harris would advance the runners. A UMKC error extended the inning, allowing Warrant to pick up an RBI on a bases loaded walk.

UMKC's Anna Sokolik (7.0,7,2,0,2,5) picked up the win and improved to 2-0 on the year. Sokolik tossed 7.0 innings, allowing no earned runs and two walks with five strikeouts.

Centenary and UMKC will wrap up the three-game series on Sunday with a single game beginning at 10 am. Live stats are available at www.GoCentenary.com.