Softball Splits at Millsaps
Softball Splits at Millsaps
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Centenary (3-2)
Millsaps (1-0)
2/13/2016 | Millsaps College | Attendance: 100
Win: Cassidy DeNoon (1-0) 8.085325
Loss: Nichole Aldridge (2-1) 0.211000
Anna Dunn (CENTSOFT) 402000
Rayne Gravat (MILLSB) 413300
Megan Murray (MILLSB) 403000

JACKSON, Miss. – After a heartbreaking loss in game one of the day in extra innings, it took until the seventh inning of game two for the Ladies respond. And respond in a big way did they ever.

The Maroon and White softball team scored three runs in the top of the seventh of game two as Centenary (4-2) tallied a split with Millsaps (1-1), dropping game one 6-5 before winning game two 4-2 Saturday afternoon, February 13, in Jackson, Mississippi.

Down 2-1 entering the seventh of game two, Centenary used small ball to score three runs. Sophomore pinch hitter Raney Bryant walked on a 3-2 pitch. Head coach Mark Suire again went to the bench, as sophomore Haley Miller came to the plate and sacrificed Bryant to second. Senior Emily Sexton singled to put runners on the corners, and junior Lizzie Moran followed with a game-tying single. Sophomore Michelle Tasin followed with a single, but Millsaps threw home and could not catch the speedy Sexton as both runners moved up a base. Freshman Wendy Gillet singled up the middle as Centenary added the important insurance run.

Freshman Nichole Aldridge (3-1), who picked up a hard-luck loss in game one, retired the side in order in the seventh to preserve the win. She threw a complete game, allowing three hits and two runs with five strikeouts. After the fourth innings, Aldridge only allowed a double and a walk.

Tasin added an RBI double to cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth.

The Majors scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kathryn Romero singled and Hannah Doggett walked. A double steal and a sacrifice bunt put the home team on the scoreboard. Megan Murray put Milsaps up 2-0 with a single, but Aldridge recorded a strikeout and pop up to end the threat.

Moran, Tasin and Gillet each had two hits for Centenary, while Sexton scored a pair of runs. Danielle Faucheux (0-1) took the loss for Millsaps in the circle, allowing four runs on eight hits in seven innings of work.

In game one, the Maroon and White struck first with a pair in the second. With one out, junior Mallory Ford and freshman Nikki Greer singled. Miller then singled to score Ford, but the throw home allowed both runners to advance a base. Greer stole home as Centenary led 2-0 after two innings.

Down 5-4, Centenary tied the game up with a run in the seventh. Sexton led off with a hit, but Milsaps retired the next two batters. Down to the last out, Gillet doubled to tie the game.

The international tiebreaking rule allowed Milsaps to push the winning run across in the bottom of the eighth. With a runner on second, Aldridge got a popup for the first out. However, Doggett singled to push across the winning run off Aldridge in relief.

Freshman Lauren Beadle threw the first 6.2 innings, allowing 12 hits and five runs (two earned). Cassidy DeNoon (1-0) picked up the win for the Majors, going all eight innings.

Centenary plays its 2016 home opener next Sunday, February 21, in a double header against Rust. The first pitch is at noon.