Softball Loses Pair at NCAA Division I Grambling State
Softball Loses Pair at NCAA Division I Grambling State
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Centenary (LA) (3-10)
Grambling (7-16)
3/14/2017 | Grambling, La. | Attendance: 57
Centenary (LA)0002001352
Win: Caitlin McDowell (6-8) 7.053025
Loss: Kelcie Bourgeois (0-2) 3.053211
Michelle Tasin (CENTSB) 403100
McKenzie Johnson (GRAMSB) 323100

Softball Loses Pair at NCAA Division I Grambling State

GRAMBLING, La. – The Ladies softball team fell in the first game, 6-3, before Centenary (3-11) lost the nightcap to Grambling State (8-16) in a wild, 13-12, 8-inning affair Tuesday, March 14.

With Centenary leading game two 10-8 in the top of the seventh, sophomore Kylie Bradley blasted the first pitch she saw over the leftfield fence. However, Grambling State answered with three runs of its own to tie the game. With one out, McKenzie Johnson homered and Kenyshae Beasley singled. She stole second and scored on Mercedes Williams double. Tia Coleman followed with the game-tying single, but did not advance past first after sophomore Mackenzie Stewart struck out the final two hitters.

With the international tie-breaking rule in effect in the eighth and a runner placed on second, freshman Haley Campbell hit a sacrifice bunt to advance sophomore Payton LeBlanc to third. Junior Anna Dunn singled home the run and was replaced by junior pinch runner Kelsey Ancelot. She stole second, and looked to score when senior Mallory Ford singled. However, Ancelot was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, a sacrifice bunt and a bunt single put runners on the corners for the Tigers. After a stolen base, a double by Brea Aikens scored both runners and gave Grambling State its second extra-inning win against Centenary in 2017.

Leading Centenary in the game was Dunn, who had three hits in four at-bats with two RBI’s and a run scored. Sophomore Cassie Gonzales added a hit in four at-bats, but led the team with three RBI’s. Sophomore Nichole Aldridge (3-5) started the game and pitched the eighth for the loss.

After the Tigers scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, the Ladies struck back with two in the top of the second of game two. After junior Michelle Tasin singled and Ford reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. An RBI single by sophomore Wendy Gillet and an illegal pitch tied the game.

Grambling scored one in the bottom of the second, but Centenary struck for six in the third. With the bases loaded, Tasin singled in the first run. Two groundout scored two more runs, and a single by sophomore Ashley Albright plated Tasin. After a walk, Gonzales cleared the bases with an RBI double as the Maroon and White led 8-3.

Both teams traded runs over the next inning before Grambling pulled within 9-8 with a four-run fourth. With two runners on and one out, a single by Hailey Haynes and a throwing error by the pitcher scored a pair of runs. Allye Hartley followed with an RBI double, and a bases loaded walk by Johnson made the score 9-8.

Beasley and Williams both had three hits in five at-bats, while Williams had two RBI’s and a run scored and Beasley scored three runs to lead Grambling State offensively in game two. Caitlin McDowell (7-8) pitched the final 3.2 innings for the win.

In game one, Centenary tied the game at two with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth; however, Grambling State struck for three in the bottom of the inning. Tasin reached on an error to begin the fourth and pinch runner Ancelot stole second. Ford walked and another Tigers’ error loaded the bases. Gonzales drove in a pair with a two-out single.

Tasin went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while the two-run single was Gonzales’ only hit. Sophomore Kelcie Bourgeois (0-2) took the loss in the circle for the Ladies, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) in three innings pitched.

In the bottom of the fourth, Grambling State struck for three to take the lead for good. With a runner on third and one out, Johnson walked and stole second. Beasley walked, and a double steal put a pair of runners in scoring position. Williams scored both runners with a single to put the home team up 5-2.

McDowell, who picked up the win in relief in the circle for the Tigers in game one, threw a complete game and allowed five hits and three runs (all unearned).

Centenary opens up Southern Collegiate Athletic play Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19, when it welcomes Austin College for a four-game set. The doubleheader both days is slated for noon.