Ladies Tally First Ever SCAC Conference Tournament Win, 6-1, against Southwestern
Freshman Nichole Aldridge twirled a complete game, one-hitter in game one as Centenary beat Southwestern for its first ever SCAC Tournament win.
Ladies Tally First Ever SCAC Conference Tournament Win, 6-1, against Southwestern
Friday, April 22, 2016
Centenary (21-20)
Southwestern (18-23)
4/22/2016 | San Antonio, Texas | Attendance: 75
Win: Nichole Aldridge (10-13) 7.041115
Loss: Chandler Smith (13-14) 4.086301
Michelle Tasin (CENTSOFT) 412100
Margeaux Smith (CENTSOFT) 412300
Haley Miller (CENTSOFT) 212000
Celeste Silvas (SU) 302000

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Ladies made history with a 6-1 win against fourth-seeded Southwestern (18-23) for their first ever Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Tournament victory in game one, but fifth-seeded Centenary (21-21) lost in five innings to top-seeded Texas Lutheran (38-2) to finish play in day one of the Conference Tournament in San Antonio, Texas.

The Maroon and White wasted no time against the Pirates, plating a trio of unearned runs in the first game. Senior Emily Sexton reached on a dropped popup by the shortstop, and a fielding error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by junior Lizzie Moran put a two on base. A pair of bunt singles, the last by freshman Margeaux Smith that plated a pair of runs, gave the Ladies a 2-0 lead.

A throwing error on Smith’s steal of second plated sophomore Michelle Tasin and gave Centenary a 3-0 lead before Southwestern even had a chance to bat.

Miller led the Ladies from the plate with two doubles in as many plate appearances with a run scored. Smith went 2-for-4 with three RBI’s and a run scored.

Freshman Nichole Aldridge (10-13) twirled a complete-game for Centenary. She carried a no-hitter into the third, and the lone run she surrendered was a solo shot to Berkeley Bacon with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Aldridge finished the game with five strikeouts while allowing only four hits and one walk.

Chandler Smith (13-14) took the loss for the Pirates, allowing eight hits and six runs (three earned) in four innings of work.

Aldridge only allowed a walk through two innings, and the Ladies stretched the lead to five with a pair in the top of the third. With one out, freshman Wendy Gillet singled and scored on Smith’s double. Junior Mallory Ford followed with a single to drive in Smith.

Miller and Tasin doubled in the fourth to put the icing on the cake in the Maroon and White’s eventual 6-1 win.

As errors proved costly for Southwestern in the first inning of the first game, miscues proved to be Centenary’s undoing in game two against Texas Lutheran. Centenary only committed a single error in the first inning, but it led to six unearned runs in the opening frame for the Bulldogs. With two outs and the bases loaded, Nicole Snow cleared the bases with a triple. Kaymee Gooden, Kirsten Whiteside and Brayden Pinckard added RBI singles to put Texas Lutheran up 6-0 after one.

Centenary answered with a pair of unearned runs of its own in the second. With one out, Smith and Ford singled. Sophomore Anna Dunn added a bunt single to load the bases, and a two-out error allowed Ford to score. Sexton added an RBI single to first base to round out the Ladies scoring in the inning.

With Centenary down 13-2, the Ladies added a pair in the fifth but could not extend the game. Sophomore Raney Bryant led off the inning with a single and after a fielder’s choice, Gillet and Smith singled to load the bases. Ford singled up the middle for the RBI, and the throw allowed Gillet to score.

Ford was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with a run scored and RBI. Miller (5-5) took the loss in the circle, allowing six hits and six unearned run in 0.2 innings of work.

Texas Lutheran scored seven in the third to round out the scoring for the Bulldogs. Whiteside and Pinckard began the inning with back-to-back doubles. Megan Armistead bunted in a single, and a throwing error allowed the third run of the inning to score. Jennifer Gallagher and Snow added RBI singles, a passed ball plated the sixth run, and Pinckard hit a sacrifice fly put Texas Lutheran up 11.

Everyone in the lineup had a hit for the Bulldogs, including two hits by Grace Estes, Gallagher, Heather Hummel, Snow, Whiteside and PInckard. Snow led the way with two hits in four at-bats with four RBI’s and two runs scored. Taylor Grissom (15-0) picked up the win in the circle, allowing five hits and two unearned runs in four innings of work

Centenary returns to action Saturday, April 23, and faces an elimination game against Schreiner at 10 a.m.