Softball Splits Twinbill with LSUA
Friday, April 29, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary softball team played its final home games of the 2011 season, finishing with a Thursday afternoon split against LSU-Alexandria, winning Game 1, 9-5 before falling in Game 2, 5-4 in nine innings.

The Ladies hold an overall record of 5-33 after the non-conference double-header.

Game 1: Centenary 9, LSUA 5

Centenary pounded out 11 hits and escaped a rally by LSUA after committing four errors for a 9-5 Game 1 win. The Ladies plated four runs over the first two frames, led by a three-run home run off the bat of sophomore Bailey Boggs in the second inning.

With a solid lead, Centenary allowed LSUA to trim the lead to one at 4-3 before producing another solid offensive inning. The Ladies combined for three doubles off the bats of Boggs, senior Bonnie Matak and junior Reggie Salvatore to plate five runs.

LSUA went on to score two more runs in the sixth, but a strong start by Centenary allowed them to close out the game on top.

Senior Lauren Highsmith (7.0,4,5,3,7,5) picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on four hits and seven walks in 7.0 innings of work, while fanning five. The righty improved to 3-24 on the year.

Centenary was led offensively by Boggs (2x3, 2 R, 4 RBI) after driving in four runs on two extra base hits. Matak (2x4, 2 R, RBI), Salvatore (2x4, R, RBI), and junior Kalyn Harris (2x4) each had two base hits, while sophomore Kelsey Regan (1x3, RBI) and freshman Nicole Warren (1x4, R) added a hit.

Game 2: LSUA 5, Centenary 4 (9 innings)

Centenary, playing in its first extra-inning game of the season, fell 5-4 in nine innings after tying the game 4-4 in the bottom of the second.

After LSUA gained a 1-0 lead in the third, Centenary used an RBI-single by Boggs and a two-run home run by Matak to grab a 3-1 lead. The Ladies held the lead until LSUA plated three runs on two Centenary errors to pull back ahead, 4-3.

A lead off double in the seventh by sophomore Jenny King allowed junior Phyllis Hafer's sacrifice bunt to move her to third. Warren would then single up the middle, tying the game and sending the contest into extra frames.

LSUA would come out on top after an RBI-single.

Freshman Lynsi Unruh (9.0,8,5,4,2,4) suffered the upsetting loss, after allowing four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 9.0 innings of work, while fanning four.

Warren (3x4, R, RBI) tallied three hits to lead Centenary at the plate. Matak (2x4, R, 2 RBI) drove in two on a home run, while King (2x4, R) also had two hits.

Centenary will wrap up the season at North Dakota State on May 6-7.