Ladies unable to close games Friday night
Saturday, March 24, 2012

LONGVIEW, Texas –  Centenary held late leads in both games Friday afternoon, but two rallies by LeTourneau gave the YellowJackets the American Southwest Conference softball doubleheader sweep, 8-7, 6-5.

Centenary drops to 1-18 overall and 0-14 in ASC play while LeTourneau improves to 12-10 overall.

The Ladies used a three-run third to take a 3-1 lead in the nightcap and answered LeTourneau’s third-inning run with another in the fourth to go up 4-2. The YellowJackets managed a three-run fourth to jump up 5-4 before Centenary knotted things at five apiece in the top of the fifth. But LeTourneau responded with one in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good.

Sierra Bailey (0-5) went the distance in the circle, scattering 12 hits in six innings and gave up six runs, five earned.

Nicole Warren, Lindsay Sconce and Jessica McDonald used two-hit efforts in game one to give the Ladies a 7-4 lead in the seventh inning, but LeTourneau plated four in the bottom of the final frame to capture the 8-7 win.

McDonald went 2-for-4 with two runs while Kalyn Harris and Lauren Swift knocked in two runs apiece. LeTourneau jumped up 1-0 before Lynsi Unruh kept the YellowJackets bats at bay until the fifth, when they plated three to counter Centenary’s one-run fifth.

The Ladies tacked on three more in the six and seventh innings to jump on top 7-4 before LeTourneau’s big inning.

Unruh picked up the loss in the circle, scattering 15 hits and eight runs, half in the last inning. Kelli Parton received a no decision for LeTourneau after giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits. She tossed 5 2/3 before being relieved by Taylor Thibodeaux, who got the win after 1 1/3 frames of two-hit ball. She allowed three runs.

Centenary returns to action March 31 at home against East Texas Baptist at 1 p.m. to start a 14-game home stand before ending the season with six straight on the road.