Late-game rally falls short in nightcap
Saturday, March 17, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Nicole Warren’s 4-for-4, game-two performance and Centenary’s three seventh-inning runs weren’t enough Saturday as UT-Dallas broke the tie with three more in the bottom of the ninth to sweep the American Southwest Conference softball doubleheader, 15-0, 6-3.

Centenary drops to 1-14 and 0-8 in ASC play while UT-Dallas jumps to 15-7 and 5-5. The Ladies return to the diamond March 21 to battle Texas-Tyler at the Centenary Softball Complex for a 5 p.m. doubleheader.

Kalyn Harris singled in Warren to slice the lead to 3-1, followed by a Keya Brandon run off a throwing error. Lauren Switch reached on another error, driving in Harris to tie the game at three. Jenny King was thrown out at home on the same play, which was the potential game-winning run, forcing extra frames.

Reggie Salvatore hurled all nine innings, dropping to 0-2 after giving up just six runs in nine innings. She scattered 13 hits while the Ladies offense pounded out 11 off two Comet pitchers.

Heather Foust (11-1) notched the win after two innings of relief work, allowing only one hit. Starter Micah Starkey struggled with the Ladies offense, giving up 10 hits and three runs, one earned.

UT-Dallas took the early lead with one run in the top of the second on a Haley Starkey single. She drove in Megan Aragones, who doubled to center.

Hannah Creech pushed the lead to 3-0 with a double to left center in the top of the seventh, scoring Morgan Anderson before the Ladies big inning.

The day’s first game was all Comets. Centenary was hanging on until the fifth inning when the Comets exploded and the floodgates opened, scoring 10 of their 15 in the single frame.

Keya Brandon produced the Ladies only hit in a 1-for-2 performance. Jeni Olbeter improved to 1-2 in the circle for the Comets, tossing four innings of one-hit ball. She struck out one with no walks.

Foust tossed the final inning and walked one. Lynsi Unruh dropped to 1-6 for the Ladies after tossing 4 2/3 innings. She surrendered 13 hits and 15 runs, only eight earned thanks to five Centenary errors.