Exciting Finish Gives Softball Split with Dallas Sunday
Exciting Finish Gives Softball Split with Dallas Sunday
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Dallas (7-6, 2-1 SCAC)
Centenary (6-5, 1-2 SCAC)
3/6/2016 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 137
Win: Katie Lee (5-3) 7.051110
Loss: Nichole Aldridge (5-3) 1.032221
Avery Finch (UDSB16) 522000
Katie Antigua (UDSB16) 302110
Erin Begle (UDSB16) 402000
Lizzie Moran (CENTSOFT) 302000

SHREVEPORT, La. – After an 8-1 loss in game one and a five-run fourth for the visitors in game two for the visitors, the Ladies put together a rally to tie the game and an extra-inning double pushed Centenary (8-6, 2-2 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) past Dallas (6-6, 2-2 SCAC) 6-5 in eight innings in the nightcap Sunday, March 6.

Tied at five going in to the third extra-inning game of the weekend, senior Emily Sexton beat out an infield single. Sexton took second on a sacrifice and scored the game winner on an RBI double by sophomore Michelle Tasin.

Tasin finished the day 4-for-8 with two RBI’s. Combined with her hit in her final at-bat that scored the lone Centenary run in game one, Tasin has hit safely in every contest in 2016.

Besides Tasin, new faces in the lineup added firepower in the bottom of the order. Sophomore Haley Miller added three hits and a sacrifice with a pair of runs scored in the eighth position, while freshman Cassie Gonzales went 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Freshman Nichole Aldridge (6-3), who took the loss in game one, allowed only two hits with two strikeouts in three innings of relief in game two.

Down 5-4 after allowing a five run fourth, Centenary rallied for a single run in the fifth to tie the game. With two down and a runner on, Gonzales singled. Two runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and a fielding error tied the game at five.

The Lady Crusaders had the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth, but a bunt back to the pitcher recorded the first out at home. Melanie Savala then flew out to deep right center, but on appeal, the runner from third was called out for leaving early and the score remained tied.

Paige Parks started game two for the Lady Crusaders, but a hit, two walks and a hit by pitch saw Katie Lee (5-4) take the circle. Lee, the winner in game one, allowed 12 hits and five runs (two earned) in 7.1 innings of relief.

Dallas struck for five runs in the fourth to rally from a 4-0 deficit. Katie Antigua doubled and a single and advance by Erin Begle put two runners in scoring position. Stephanie Cervantes cut the lead in half with a single and an advance. A flyout moved her to third, but a critical drop foul allowed three unearned runs to score. Stephanie Laberge cut the lead to one with an RBI single, while Savala added a two-RBI single to put the Lady Crusaders in the lead.

Offensively in game two, Avery Finch, Antigua, Cervantes and Allison Kotlar all went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Lady Crusaders. Cervantes added two RBI’s.

The Lady Crusaders raced out to an 8-0 lead in game one before giving up a run. An Antigua RBI single and Bailey DiSefano’s walk with the bases loaded off of Aldridge put the visitors up 2-0 after one. A two-out single by DiSefano in the third and a throwing error allowed in the fourth allowed the visitors to score a pair to open up a 5-0 advantage.

Dallas added a run in the fifth and two in the sixth in the seven-run win.

Finch, Antigua, and Begle all had two hits for Dallas in game one, while Finch scored a pair of runs and Antigua added an RBI.

Lee took the win in game one for the Lady Crusaders, allowing five hits and one run in the complete-game victory.

Centenary returns to action next weekend with a quartet of games at Southwestern. The doubleheaders kick off Saturday, March 12, at noon.