Softball Clinches First SCAC Tournament Appearance in Three Years, Splits with Austin College
Sophomore Haley Miller improves to 5-4 in the circle with a win in game one.
Softball Clinches First SCAC Tournament Appearance in Three Years, Splits with Austin College
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Centenary (18-19)
Austin College (13-24)
4/15/2016 | Sherman, Texas | Attendance: 108
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Win: Haley Miller (0-0) 5.172100
Loss: Victoria Herrera (0-0) 7.088515
Wendy Gillet (CENTSOFT) 423201
Raquel Vara (AC) 413000

SHERMAN, Texas – All the Ladies needed to do to secure its first appearance in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament was beat Austin College in one of four games this weekend. The Maroon and White wasted no time, as Centenary (18-20, 7-15 SCAC) took game one 8-4 before falling to Austin College (12-24, 4-18) 5-1 in the nightcap of a softball double header Friday, April 15.

The Ladies led 5-0 before Austin College even recorded a hit. Senior Emily Sexton began the game with a single and scored on sophomore Michelle Tasin’s double. Freshman Wendy Gillet followed with a two-run shot to right center, her third of the season, to put Centenary up 3-0 before sophomore Haley Miller even threw a pitch.

Tasin was hit by a pitch in the third and scored when sophomore Anna Dunn reached on a throwing error. Gillet, who singled earlier in the inning, went on to score on a squeeze play by freshman Margeaux Smith that put the visitors up 5-0.

Austin College answered with a pair in the fourth, but the Ladies put the game away with three in the sixth. Smith singled to lead-off the inning and scored when a throwing error by Austin College allowed freshman Lauren Beadle to take third. A Miller bunt single and two more sacrifices put Centenary up 5-0 after three.

A Chelsea Easley double to drive in a run and an RBI single by Jaylin Clevenger brought the tying run to the plate for Austin College in the sixth, but Miller induced the force out at home and another groundout to end the ‘Roos threat.

Miller (5-4) picked up the win in the circle for the Ladies, allowing seven hits and two runs (one earned) in 5.1 innings pitched. Gillet led the Centenary offense by going 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Raquel Vara went 3-for-4 with a run scored for the home team.

Victoria Herrera (5-13) went the distance, allowing eight hits and eight runs (five earned) in the loss. She got the complete game win in the finale of the day, allowing three hits and just one run with four strikeouts.

Game two started off promising for the Ladies when Sexton led off the game with a double and scored on a pair of sacrifices, but that was it for the Centenary offense – which managed only three hits in the game.

Nichole Aldridge (8-13) took the loss in the circle, allowing nine hits and five runs (three earned) in six innings of work.

Austin College took the lead in the second thanks to a costly error. Vara doubled to begin the inning and scored on a one-out throwing error on Aldridge. A sacrifice and a two-out single by Clevinger put the home team up 2-1 after two innings.

Centenary had a chance for a big inning when a walk, a bunt single and an Austin College error loaded the bases with no outs in the third. However, an out at home, an infield fly and a groundout kept the ‘Roos in the lead.

Austin College added three more in the fourth to open up a four-run lead. Easley and Emily Low began the inning with singles and moved up a base on a one-out sacrifice. Delaney England followed with a double to clear the bases, and a two-out single by Kierra Gaither put the ‘Roos up 5-1.

The Maroon and White only managed one base runner in the final three innings.

Centenary returns to action Saturday, April 16, with the final regular season games of the year. The Ladies, currently in the fifth spot, will clinch the fifth seed in the SCAC Tournament with at least one win tomorrow OR Schreiner loss. If Schreiner beats Dallas twice tomorrow and Centenary loses out, the Ladies drop to the sixth seed.

The SCAC Tournament, hosted by Trinity in San Antonio, begins next Friday, April 22, at noon.