Centenary Softball Takes Double Header from Rust in Home Opener
Centenary Softball Takes Double Header from Rust in Home Opener
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Rust (0-9)
Centenary (5-2)
2/21/2016 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 117
Win: Haley Miller (1-0) 3.010005
Loss: Emily Cox (0-0) 4.01519222
Emily Cox (RUST) 201000
Michelle Tasin (CENTSOFT) 423600
Anna Dunn (CENTSOFT) 313100

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Ladies offense exploded for 36 runs in their first two home games of the season as Centenary (6-2) bested Rust (0-10) 19-0 in game one, before a 17-0 win in game two Sunday afternoon, February 21.

The Maroon and White set the tone from the first inning with 11 runs, taking advantage of five Rust miscues. Senior Emily Sexton led off the game with a single, stole second, and moved to third on junior Lizzie Moran’s sacrifice bunt attempt. However, Bearcats pitcher Emily Cox could not field it cleanly to put Ladies on the corner. Moran took second on slow play, and sophomore Michelle Tasin added a two-RBI single. An error and a double by sophomore Anna Dunn, and another error pushed the Ladies to 4-0. Two singles and a walk scored another run and loaded the bases.

Sexton reached on an error that drove in a run, but the Ladies scored another run on the error. Tasin added an RBI double and freshman Wendy Gillet singled in a pair. Dunn added an RBI-single down the leftfield line. Another error plated the 11th run of the inning as Centenary led 11-0 after one.

Tasin added a two-out, bases loaded triple in the second and five more in the fourth made up the 19-0 win for the Maroon and White. Tasin finished the game a home run short of the cycle with two runs scored and six RBI’s. Dunn had a hit in every at-bat with a run scored and an RBI.

Sophomore Haley Miller picked up a win in her first decision of the year, allowing one hit with five strikeouts in three innings of work. Freshmen Kelcie Bourgeois and Mackenzie Stewart both worked a scoreless inning in relief.

Cox took the loss, slowing 15 hits and 19 runs (two earned). She also added the lone hit for the Bearcats, a double in the first inning.

Game two saw a dazzling pitching display by Nichole Aldridge (4-1), who combined with three relief pitchers for a no-hitter. She also threw only 29 pitches with 28 strikes in three innings of work. After the only Bearcat runner reached on an error in the second, Aldridge struck out the final six batters faced.

Dunn, last year’s Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference home run champ, belted her first home run of the season in the bottom of the first. The three-run shot put Centenary up 4-0. RBI singles sophomore Raney Bryant and Miller, a dropped sacrifice fly by Tasin, a two-RBI single by Gillet and an error put Centenary up 10-0.

The Ladies capped the fourth with seven more runs in the fourth. Gillet took the circle in the top of the fifth and retired both batters faced. Freshman Lauren Beadle threw to the final batter of the day, getting a groundout.

Gillet, Miller and freshman Margeaux Smith all had two hits for the Ladies, with Gillet adding three RBI’s and three runs scored.

Cox took the loss in game two, allowing 13 hits and 17 runs (two earned) with a pair of strikeouts.

Centenary returns to action Wednesday for a pair of games at Belhaven. First pitch in Jackson, Mississippi, is scheduled for 1 p.m.