Ladies Struggle Offensively; Drop Two on Day 1 of UTA Classic
Saturday, February 26, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas-The Centenary softball team wasn't able to find an offensive groove on Friday when it was held to just four hits and one run over two contests, dropping Game 1, 10-0 to Creighton in five innings and Game 2, 6-1 to host-UTA in the UTA Classic.

The Ladies dropped to 0-7 on the season.

Game 1: Creighton 10, Centenary 0 (5 innings)

Centenary was held hitless in the opening game of the UTA Classic on Friday when Creighton used 12 hits to produced a 10-0, 5 inning shutout over the Ladies.

It remained a 0-0 game through the first three frames, before the Jays put together six hits for six runs. After a quick stop, Creighton continued to add to its lead with four more runs to shorten the game to five innings with a 10-0 mercy rule.

Senior Lauren Highsmith (0-5) (3.2,7,6,6,4,4) suffered her fifth loss of the season after tossing the first 3.2 innings. The righty allowed six runs on seven hits with four walks, while fanning four.

Freshman Lynsi Unruh (1.1,5,4,4,1,0) tossed the final 1.1 innings, surrendering four runs on five hits with one walk.

Senior Bonnie Matak and freshman Nicole Warren were the only two base runners for the Ladies after drawing a walk and reaching base on an error, respectively.

Game 2: UT-Arlington 6, Centenary 1

Freshman Lynsi Unruh (4.1,3,0,0,1,2) pitched 4.1 innings of shutout ball in relief in Game 2, allowing just three hits, while fanning two.

Centenary picked up its lone run in the top of the fourth when freshman Chandelle Scott walked to get things going. She was moved to third on a double by junior Kalyn Harris. Sophomore Kelsey Regan loaded the bases with a bunt single, before junior Ashley Boccaccio picked up an RBI-walk.

The Ladies struggled offensively from the beginning as the first six hitters through two frames were fanned. Junior Phyllis Hafer earned Centenary's first knock in the third with a double to right field. Though, the Ladies weren't to score, stranding two that inning.

UT-Arlington gained the early advantage with a run in the first and five in the second on five hits, including two long balls. Centenary did manage to silence the Mavericks' bats for the final five frames, but they were able to hold on to their early lead for the win.

Centenary tallied four hits as Regan (1x3), Harris (1x3), Hafer (1x3) and sophomore Bailey Boggs (1x4) each had a hit. Scott (0x2, R) scored the only run and Boccaccio (0x1, RBI, 2 BB) picked up the only RBI.

Junior Reggie Salvatore (0-1) (1.2,6,6,3,1) suffered her first loss of the season, tossing the first 1.2 innings as a starter. The righty surrendered all six runs on six hits and three walks with one strikeout.

Centenary will wrap up the UTA Classic on Saturday with an 11 am contest against Tulsa.