Softball Loses Heartbreaker in Game One, Falls in Doubleheader to Grambling
Softball Loses Heartbreaker in Game One, Falls in Doubleheader to Grambling
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Grambling State (2-9)
Centenary (LA) (1-6)
2/21/2017 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 67
Grambling State10301001682
Centenary (LA)20120000571
Win: Caitlin McDowell (2-3) 8.075527
Loss: Nichole Aldridge (1-4) 8.086416
Kenyshae Beasley (GRAMSB) 432000
McKenzie Johnson (GRAMSB) 322101
Haley Campbell (CENTSB) 403200

SHREVEPORT, La. – After losing a heartbreaker in extra-innings of game one, 6-5, Centenary (1-7) fell behind 8-0 in the second game in a 9-4 loss as Grambling State (3-9) swept the doubleheader Tuesday afternoon, February 21.

With the Ladies trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the third of game one, junior Anna Dunn was hit by a pitch and scored when freshman Haley Campbell doubled to cut the deficit to one. In the fourth, sophomore Payton LeBlanc drew a one-out walk, stole second, and advanced to third on a groundout. Dunn drew a walk, and sophomore Wendy Gillet cleared the bases with a double to right on an 0-2 count. Centenary led 5-4 after four innings.

However, McKenzie Johnson blasted a home run over the right foul pole to leadoff the fifth inning to tie the game. Neither team scored any more runs the final two innings as the game went to extras.

In the top of the eighth, with a runner placed at second per the international tie-breaking rule, a groundout moved the runner to third. Grambling State took the lead when Tayler Lenz-Selvera doubled.

With Centenary down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Dunn hit a sacrifice fly and Campbell hit a two-out single with a runner on third to put the Ladies up.

Grambling State retook the lead in the third with a trio of runs. With one out and two Tigers in scoring position, Lenz-Selvera hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at two. Hailey Haynes put the Tigers ahead with a two-out single, while Monique Smith increased the lead to two with an RBI double.

Campbell led the Ladies offense in game one with three hits in four at-bats with two RBI’s. Dunn scored twice and added an RBI, while LeBlanc went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Sophomore Nichole Aldridge (1-4) took the loss in the circle, throwing all eight innings and allowing eight hits and six runs (four earned) with six strikeouts.

Kenyshae Beasley went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Johnson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead Grambling State. Caitlinn McDowell (2-3) took the win in the circle for the Tigers, allowing five runs and seven hits while striking out seven in the complete-game win.

Game two saw Grambling State jump out to an 8-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth. However, Centenary scored four runs to cut the deficit in half. LeBlanc walked, stole second, and scored on senior Lizzie Moran’s bunt single between the pitcher and third baseman. Grambling State threw home, and Moran took second. A wild pitch moved Moran to third, and she scored on Dunn’s second sacrifice fly of the day.

A walk and a single both scored on Gillet’s second two-RBI double of the day.

Moran led the Ladies from the plate with two hits in as many at-bats with a run scored and an RBI. Sophomore Lauren Beadle (0-2) took the loss, allowing eight runs (two earned) and five hits in 3.2 innings pitched.

Grambling State scored a single run in the first after a single, two passed balls and a wild pitch. The Tigers added two more in the second on Johnson’s triple, and two more in the third on Allye Hartley’s two-out, two-RBI single.

The Tigers scored three in the fourth on a sacrifice bunt for an RBI and Haynes’ two-RBI double.

Hartley led Grambling State from the plate with three hits in four at-bats with two RBI’s and a run scored.

Centenary will take more than a week off before returning to action next Thursday, March 2, for a doubleheader. The two games with Southwest Assemblies of God is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., and is the finale of the Ladies eight-game homestand.