Softball Falls to #1 UT Tyler, Pacific to Begin Season
Softball Falls to #1 UT Tyler, Pacific to Begin Season
Friday, February 3, 2017
Pacific (1-2)
Centenary (LA) (0-1)
2/3/2017 | Tyler, Texas | Attendance: 85
Centenary (LA)0000010172
Win: Sims (1-2) 7.071131
Loss: Haley Miller (0-1) 3.076611
Togami (PAC-SB) 413100
Hallie Smith (CENTSB) 212000
Haley Campbell (CENTSB) 302100

TYLER, Texas – The Ladies could not capitalize on early chances against the Boxers in an 8-1 loss to Pacific (Oregon) (1-3) while #1 UT Tyler (2-0) won 8-0 in 6 innings in the nightcap as Centenary softball (0-2) dropped a pair of games in Tyler, Texas, to begin the season Friday, February 3.

While junior Haley Miller pitched around a leadoff double in the top of the first of game one, sophomore Payton LeBlanc was thrown out trying to steal home in the bottom of the inning to keep Pacific and Centenary scoreless.

A Keri Togami two-out double gave Pacific a one-run lead after two, and the Boxers added five more in the third. With the bases loaded and no outs, Morgan Bookout doubled to score a pair and a sacrifice bunt plated another. Amanda Machado added a two-run home run to cap the scoring in the third.

The Ladies scored their first run of the season in the sixth. With a runner at first, Hallie Smith doubled. Despite junior Anna Dunn being thrown out at home trying to score from first, Smith moved to third. She scored on freshman Haley Campbell’s single.

Smith and Campbell led Centenary with two hits while Togami went 3-for-4 for Pacific. Machado went 2-for-3 with three RBI’s and two runs scored for the Boxers.

Pacific scored one each in the sixth and seventh for the final seven-run margin.

Miller (0-1) took the loss in the circle for the Ladies, allowing seven hits and six runs on three innings of work. Her counterpart, Allie Sims (1-2), went the distance and allowed seven hits and one run.

In game two, the defending national champions showed why they are the top-ranked team in the preseason softball poll. They scored runs in 5-of-6 innings en route to the 8-run win.

Dunn, Miller, and senior Mallory Ford all had hits for Centenary, while Cheyenne Thompson paced UT Tyler with four hits in as many at-bats, four RBI’s and two runs scored. Thompson hit a two-run home run in the third for the Patriots.

Sophomore Nicole Aldridge (0-1) took the loss for the Maroon and White, allowing 12 hits and eight runs in 5.2 innings of work. Whitney Romero went all six innings for the home team, allowing just three hits while striking out seven.

Centenary opens up home play Saturday, February 4, when it welcomes LeTourneau. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.