Ladies take three of four after Saturday split
Saturday, April 14, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Cadie Hancock spearheaded Centenary’s offense Saturday afternoon with her first home run of the season, helping the Ladies split the doubleheader, taking three of four overall from the visiting Ozarks, 1-7, 5-3.

Centenary improves to 4-27 and 3-20 on the year, dropping the Lady Eagles to 9-25. The Ladies return to action April 17 against LSUA at 5 p.m. at the Centenary Softball Complex to wrap up its long home stand.

Centenary struck first in the four-game finale as Nicole Warren gave the Ladies a 1-0 lead on a Tabitha Porter wild pitch. Porter (1-11) suffered the loss after  giving up three runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings. Hancock put the Ladies on top 3-0 in the second with her homer, a two-run shot, to score Jessica McDonald.

Lynsi Unruh split the doubleheader, moving to 4-14 on the season, tossing 5 1/3 innings in game two. She scattered five hits and allowed three runs.

Lauren Swift knocked an RBI single to left field to before Brittany Smith reached on the first of two Ozarks errors in the inning to push the lead to 5-0 in the fourth.

The Lady Eagles responded with three runs in the sixth to narrow the gap, highlighted by a two-run homer by Kelsey Stephens, but Sierra Bailey earned her first save of the year after tossing the final 1 2/3 of one-hit ball, striking out two and walking none.

It was all Lady Eagles in game one, using a five-run second inning to catapult a 7-1 win. The Lady Eagles plated two in the third before Hancock drove in McDonald to trim the gap to 7-1, but that’s all the Ladies could muster off Amber Rollins.

Rollins improved to 8-13 after suffering the loss in Friday’s game one. She held the Ladies to five hits and the single run. Unruh surrendered nine hits and seven runs, only two earned thanks to three fielding errors.