Softball Takes Advantages of Critical Errors, Sweeps Ozarks
Sophomore Haley Miller picked up both wins in the circle for Centenary
Softball Takes Advantages of Critical Errors, Sweeps Ozarks
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Ozarks (6-12)
Centenary (11-12)
3/20/2016 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 117
Win: Haley Miller (3-2) 1.110020
Loss: Abigail Mork (4-0) 6.0137411
Haleigh Moore (UO) 322010
Laken Gray (UO) 412000
Beth Massey (UO) 422301
Kayla Gray (UO) 402000
Michelle Tasin (CENTSOFT) 413000
Mallory Ford (CENTSOFT) 323000

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Ladies softball team is .500 or better this late in the season for the first time in seven years as Centenary (12-12) swept Ozarks (6-13) with a 7-6 win in game one and a 13-8 victory in game two Sunday afternoon, March 20.

Ozarks scored a single tally in the first of game one, but Centenary scored four runs in the third, and then rallied from a 6-4 deficit for the win. With one out and a runner on second, sophomore Anna Dunn drove a full-count pitch to left field to flip the score. With two outs, freshman Cassie Gonzales reached on a throwing error and advanced to second on a junior Mallory Ford single. Ford stole second, but a throwing error by the catcher cleared the bases as Centenary led 4-1 after three.

A two-run home run by Hannah Oler in the fourth, and a three-run shot by Beth Massey in the fifth, gave the Lady Eagles a 6-4 lead. In the bottom of the fifth with two outs and a runner at second, Ford topped a ball that just died right in front of the plate to put runners on the corner. Ford took off for second on a stolen base, but another throwing error emptied the bases and tied the game at six.

With two outs and no one on in the sixth, sophomore Michelle Tasin singled and advanced to second when Dunn walked. Freshman Wendy Gillet singled up the middle to score what proved to be the winning run.

A walk and a dropped foul ball put the go-ahead runs in scoring position, but freshman Nichole Aldridge got a popup to end the game for her first save of the season.

Sophomore Haley Miller (4-2) picked up a win in both games, allowing just one hit in 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in game one. In game two, she allowed 10 hits and six runs (five earned) in 4.1 innings of work in the Ladies victory.

Gillet led the Ladies from the plate with two hits in four at-bats with an RBI and a run scored. Abigail Mork threw a complete-game loss for the Lady Eagles, allowing 13 hits and seven runs (four earned) for Ozarks.

Game two saw Centenary score six in the bottom of the second and held on for a wild 13-8 win. Down 2-0 in the second, freshman Kylie Bradley led off the inning with a double on an 0-2 pitch. She was sacrificed to third, before senior Emily Sexton reached on a bunt. Sexton stole second, but a throwing error by the catcher allowed Bradley to score. However, on the same play, the rightfielder also airmailed a throw home to allow Sexton to move to third. Freshman Margeaux Smith was the hit by a pitch, stole second, and advanced to third when the shortstop failed to stop the ball on the throwdown that allowed Sexton and Smith to score and put the Maroon and White in the lead. A walk and infield single put runners on the corners, and Ford swiped second to put a pair of runners in scoring position.

Tasin emptied the bases with a single and scored when Gillet singled through the right side. Centenary led 6-2 after three. Both teams scored runs in the fourth and fifth, but a groundout and an RBI double by Emily Miller cut the lead to 10-8.

However, Centenary scored three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. With one out and a runner on, freshman pinch hitter Nikki Greer doubled down the left field line to score Sexton from first. An error, and RBI singles by Ford and Tasin put Centenary up 13-8.

Aldridge retired the side in the top of the seventh as Centenary held on for the five-run win. Gillet went 3-for-4 from the plate with four RBI’s and a run scored.

Centenary returns to action Tuesday, March 22, with a pair of games at Rust. First pitch in Holly Springs, Mississippi, is scheduled for noon.