Ladies See Mercy-Rule in Double-Dip Fall
Thursday, April 21, 2011
MACOMB, Ill.-The Centenary softball team struggled in both contests at Summit League foe, Western Illinois on Thursday afternoon as it fell 12-4 and 11-0, both in five innings.

The Ladies fell to 4-31 overall and 2-18 in league play with the two losses.

Game 1: Western Illinois: 12, Centenary 4 (5 innings)

Despite putting up seven hits in Game 1, the Ladies committed three errors and allowed Western Illinois a huge third inning with seven runs for a 12-4 win.

The Ladies took a 4-1 lead in the top of the third when senior Bonnie Matak, junior Reggie Salvatore and sophomore Kelsey Regan each connected on back-to-back RBI singles, plating junior Leah Dark and freshman Nicole Warren to walked.

Western Illinois took advantage of one error and tallied six hits to plate seven runs and regain the lead at 8-4. The Fighting Leathernecks would later add four runs over the fourth and fifth frames to end the contest by mercy rule.

Senior Lauren Highsmith (2.0,5,7,6,1,0) lasted 2.0 inning as the Ladies starter, allowing six earned runs on five hits and a walk, but would suffer the loss and fall to 2-23 on the year.

Freshman Lynsi Unruh (2.2,4,5,2,2,1) tossed the final 2.2 innings, surrendering two earned runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout.

Picking up hits in Game 1 were Matak (1x3, RBI, R), Salvatore (1x3, RBI, R), Regan (1x3, RBI), junior Kalyn Harris (1x2), sophomores Jenny King (1x2) and Bailey Boggs (1x2, R) and junior Ashley Boccaccio (1x1).

Game 2: Western Illinois 11, Centenary 0

Centenary was shut out for the 13th time this season as the Ladies were held to just two hits in Game 2, falling 11-0 to Western Illinois.

Boggs (1x2) and Regan (1x2) picked up the base knocks for Centenary.

Western Illinois scored early and often and never looked back. The Ladies only had four players reach base all game and were never able to make an offensive threat.

Junior Reggie Salvatore (3.1,9,9,6,1,1) got the start, tossing 3.1 innings and giving up six earned runs on nine hits and a walk with one strikeout, falling to 0-2 on the season.

Unruh (0.2,1,2,0,2,1) pitched the final two out, allowing two unearned runs on one hit.

Centenary will wrap up the three-game series on Friday with a single game slated to begin at 3 pm CT. Live stats are available at www.goleathernecks.com.