Ladies erupt to sweep Friday doubleheader
Friday, April 13, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Kalyn Harris smacked two home runs, including a grand slam in game two, and drove in seven runs while Lynsi Unruh garnered two wins in the circle as Centenary swept Friday’s American Southwest Conference softball doubleheader over the University of the Ozarks 4-2, 11-5.

The Ladies improve to 3-26 and improve to 2-19 in ASC play, dipping the Lady Eagles to 8-24. The two squads will face off in another doubleheader Saturday afternoon starting at noon at the Centenary Softball Complex.

Unruh upped her record to 3-12 with the two wins, receiving plenty of offensive support. Unruh tossed a complete game in game one, scattering five hits in seven innings. The Ladies notched a season-high 11 runs in the nightcap with eight RBIs, also a season-best. The 11 hits in game one and 15 in game two marked the fourth and fifth times this year Centenary posted double-digit base hits. The 15 base knocks tied the season-high set against Schreiner March 2.

Five Ladies recorded multi-hits games in the 4-2 win, highlighted by Keya Brandon’s 3-for-4 performance while six posted at least two in the nightcap. Nicole Warren and Jessica McDonald each went 3-for-4 in game two’s win.

Harris (2-for-4, 1-for-4) put the Ladies on the board first in game one with an RBI single in the first, scoring Warren, who singled, stole second, and moved to third on a foul out before giving Centenary the 1-0 lead. Reggie Salvatore (2-for-4 in game two) followed with her third double of the season, moving Harris to third, but two straight out stranded the runners, finishing a three-hit frame.

Harris smacked her second homer of the year in the third, a two-run shot, to extend the lead to 3-0 before Brandon’s single scored Cadie Hancock (2-for-4 in game two) to advance the lead to 4-0 in the fourth.

The Lady Eagles trimmed the margin in the top of the fifth, breaking up Unruh’s no-hit bid with back-to-back one-out singles and used a double steal to cut the lead to 4-1 before scoring a single run in the top of the sixth to cap game one’s scoring at 4-2.

Centenary got on the board first in the nightcap with five runs in the third and six in the fourth inning, capped by Harris’ grand slam. Unruh (2-for-3, two runs in game one) led off with a double down the left field line, followed by a Warren (2-for-4, 3-for-4) single and a Brandon (3-for-4, 2-for-3) hit-by-pitch to load the bases with no outs. A Lady Eagles throwing error on a Harris ground out plated Unruh and Warren to go up 2-0. Salvatore used an RBI groundout to score Brandon before McDonald’s RBI single finished the five-run, three-hit frame.

After loading the bases with no outs for the second straight inning, Brandon smacked an RBI single through the right side to score Hancock, who reached on a leadoff single, the first of four straight singles before Harris’ grand slam to put the Ladies up 10-0 before scoring another to advance the lead to 11-0.

The Lady Eagles scored five in the fifth to prevent the five-inning, run-ruled contest, but the game’s scoring would stop there as Sierra Bailey tossed the final three innings in relief, giving up just one run on four hits.