Coach Suire Tallies First Collegiate Win as Ladies Softball Coach
Photo courtesy of Danny Kambel, LeTourneau Athletics
Coach Suire Tallies First Collegiate Win as Ladies Softball Coach
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Centenary (0-1)
LeTourneau (2-1)
2/8/2016 | Longview, TX | Attendance: 118
Win: Kayla Cosby (1-0) 3.110000
Loss: Lauren Beadle (0-1) 1.031101
Wendy Gillet (16CENTSB) 402200
Michelle Tasin (16CENTSB) 302000
Kennedi Dillow (LETU) 414000

LONGVIEW, Texas – After a heartbreaking loss in game one, the Ladies rebounded for a huge win in the nightcap to give Head Coach Mark Suire his first collegiate win.

The Maroon and White allowed three runs in the bottom of the sixth to lose game one, 6-5, but Centenary (1-1) rallied in game two for a 3-1 win against LeTourneau (2-2) Monday afternoon in Longview, Texas.

Tied at one heading into the seventh, it was the Maroon and White’s turn to flip the script in what proved to be its final at-bat. Sophomore Michelle Tasin singled and advanced to second on a throwing error on junior Mallory Ford’s attempted sacrifice bunt attempt. Freshman Grace Doucet laid a bunt down as the Ladies put a pair in scoring position with one out. A sacrifice fly by freshman Kylie Bradley and a single by freshman Margeaux Smith gave Centenary two unearned runs.

Freshman Nichole Aldridge (1-0), who picked up the complete-game victory, retired the side in order to end the game. In her win, Aldridge allowed six hits and only one run with six strikeouts. From the plate, Tasin led the Ladies win two hits.

Down 1-0, Centenary manufactured a run in the top of the fourth. Freshman Wendy Gillet and Tasin both hit an infield single with one out. After a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners, the Ladies pulled off a successful double steal to tie the game.

Ashley Burdine (0-1) took the complete game loss for LeTourneau, allowing three runs (one earned) and six hits.

With Centenary down 3-0 in game one, the Ladies scored three runs in the third and two in the fourth to take the lead. An RBI single by sophomore Anna Dunn and a two-RBI double by Gillet tied the game. A wild pitch with Doucet at third and an RBI double by Bradley put Centenary up 5-3 in the fourth and chased Courtney Matulis for LeTourneau from the game. Matulis allowed eight hits and five run in 3.2 innings of work.

LeTourneau rallied with a three-run bottom of the sixth in the win. Ashlin Roach and Brianna Williams doubled and singled to begin the frame. The Ladies went to freshman Lauren Beadle out of the bullpen, who recorded a foul out, but a Matulis single and a double by Megan Hill put the home team back up on top. The Yellowjackets retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to close the game.

Beadle (0-1) took the loss, allowing three hits and one run in an inning of work. Sophomore Haley Miller started the game in the circle for the Ladies, allowing nine hits and five runs. Kayla Cosby (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the home team, allowing only one hit in the final 3.1 innings of work.

Gillett and Tasin led Centenary from the plate with a pair of hits, including a double. Kennedi Dillow had four hits in as many at-bats with a run scored for the home team.

Centenary returns to action Tuesday with a doubleheader against Southwest Assemblies of God in Waxahachie, Texas.