Ladies unable to garner first ASC win
Sunday, April 1, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Centenary’s offense struggled Sunday afternoon as East Texas Baptist used late-game rallies to sweep the American Southwest Conference doubleheader, 8-1, 3-0.

The Ladies fall to 1-20 on the year and 0-14 in ASC play, still looking for their first conference win of the year. ETBU improves to 16-8 with the wins. Centenary continues its 14-game home stand with a doubleheader against LeTourneau April 3 at 4 p.m.

The only bright spot for Centenary’s offense was a Leah Dark solo home run in the first game, but that was all the Ladies could muster in either contest.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the nightcap on a sacrifice fly from Alyssa Romero, scoring Lacy Liles, who reached on a walk. Centenary starter Sierra Bailey shut down the Tigers offense until the sixth when Kayla Garcia and Alyssa Romero knocked consecutive RBI singles to push the lead to 3-0.

Bailey dropped to 0-6 with the complete-game effort, allowing just three runs while scattering seven hits. Allison Brey evened her mark at 5-5 with a complete-game two-hitter. She fanned four Ladies and walked none.

ETBU struck first in game one with an RBI single from Garcia, part of a four-hit inning. But a stingy Ladies defense allowed just the single run, forcing ETBU to keep the bases juiced to end the frame.

Lynsi Unruh stifled the Tigers bats for the next five innings, allowing just one hit after the four-hit first, but a Shelby Klein homer to left field, putting the Tigers up 2-0, which sparked a four-run sixth for the visitors.

ETBU’s Kaylee Davis took a perfect game into the fifth inning until Reggie Salvatore reached on a throwing error by Kristin Wersterfer and moved to second on the throw. Davis fanned two straight Ladies to end the threat and preserve the slim 1-0 lead before the four-run sixth.

Dark cranked her first home run of the year, a solo shot to left field, to end Davis’ no-hit bid, slicing the gap to 5-1 before ETBU tacked on two more in the top of the seventh to widen the lead to 7-1 and an Unruh wild pitch allowed another run to score.

The Ladies loaded the bases in the top of the seventh but Davis struck out the side to extinguish the threat.

Unruh fell to 1-9 on the year with the complete-game effort. She allowed eight runs on 13 hits and received minimal help from the Centenary offense.

Davis upped her mark to 10-2 with the complete-game one-hitter. She fanned 12 batters and walked none.