Ladies drop two despite late-game rally
Sunday, April 22, 2012

CLINTON, Miss. – Centenary scored five seventh-inning runs in game one Saturday to overcome a 5-1 deficit, but couldn’t hold on to the lead as Mississippi College won the eight-inning contest, followed by a 9-0, five-inning game to sweep the day’s softball doubleheader and all four games this weekend.

The Ladies finish the season 5-34 and 3-24 in American Southwest Conference action while Mississippi College moved to 26-14.

Jessica McDonald started the seventh-inning rally with a one-out single before Cadie Hancock walked. Keya Brandon reached on a fielder’s choice, but all runners were safe to load the bases. Nicole Warren bunted to third base to score McDonald before Lauren Swift drove in two runs with a single to left field, cutting the lead to 5-4. Kalyn Harris knotted the game at 5-5 after reaching on an error and Reggie Salvatore gave Centenary its second lead of the day with an RBI groundout, capping the five-run, three-hit frame.

Warren topped the Ladies with a 3-for-4 performance while Swift (2-for-4) and Harris (1-for-3) drove in two runs apiece.

The Choctaws answered with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to spoil the comeback bid.

Lynsi Unruh dropped to 5-18 with game one’s loss, giving up seven runs on 15 hits. Courtney Nunn moved to 11-5 with the complete-game, nine-hit win.

Game two wasn’t as thrilling as Mississippi College used a seven-run second to break open an early 9-0 lead. Kim Mason held Centenary to four hits in the five-inning contest.

Reggie Salvatore dipped to 0-5 after just 1 2/3 innings. She allowed five runs on three hits and walked three. Sierra Bailey tossed the final 2 1/3 frames, also surrendering three hits and the final four runs.

Brandon, Warren, Harris and Emma Viskozki had a hit apiece for the Ladies.