Strong pitching, solid hitting, lead Ladies to No. 3-seed in SCAC Tournament
Strong pitching, solid hitting, lead Ladies to No. 3-seed in SCAC Tournament
Monday, April 22, 2013 | by Nathan Yacovissi

SHREVEPORT, La – The Centenary softball team concluded its season Monday night with two big finals, 9-1 and 8-0 over the University of Dallas at the Centenary Softball Complex. Lynsi Unruh broke the century mark in strikeouts and tossed a no-hitter in game two of the twinbill.

Centenary (8-30, 7-9 SCAC) notched its first series sweep and enters the tournament as the 3rd seed on its longest winning stretch of the year. UD dropped to 5-30 overall and 0-16 in conference.

In the early game, the Ladies took advantage of four UD miscues in the field to build an early 3-0 advantage. Both teams combined for six errors in this one.

The Crusaders answered with their lone run of the game in the third inning off a Taylor Garcia double to plate Brittany Castro.

Whitney Patterson broke the game open in the fourth inning with her first career homerun that brought in three runs. The Shreveport, La., native had a game high four RBI and was one of four players to record multi-hit games. Lauren Swift contributed with three RBI and had two base knocks.

Nicole Warren led the quartet of multi-hit batters with three. Emma Viskozki also added two hits and was part of the 11 hit barrage by the Maroon and White.

Unruh (8-19) picked up her first of two wins, going 6.0 innings and allowed one run on six hits while striking out eight hitters.    

In game two, the Ladies picked up the scoring where they left off pushing a pair across in the first inning. The first three batters reached and Warren scored the first run off a Swift single. Lindsey Sconce knocked in Patterson for the other run.

Swift extended the lead in the third with a two RBI triple, and scoring on a throwing error to build a 5-0 advantage. A pair of runs in the fifth and a Patterson double in the sixth wrapped up the scoring for the Maroon and White in the route.

Unruh reached the 100 strikeout mark in the third inning fanning Brittany Castro at the end of the frame. The Houston, Texas, native was nearly perfect through 6.0 innings fanning eight batters, and picking up her second shutout on the season. She sat down the final 14 Crusader hitters.

Warren remained hot at the plate going a perfect four-for-four to lead the Ladies in hits. Patterson and Swift each picked up their second multi-hit games, with Swift batting in a team high three RBI.  

Centenary will play in the Southern Collegiate Athletics Conference Apr. 26-28 in Irving, Texas at the University of Dallas. Times are to be announced at www.scacsports.com.