Late-Inning Rally in Game One Leads to Doubleheader Softball Sweep for the Ladies
Junior Anna Dunn went 3-for-4 with a game-winning, three-run home run in game one. She finished the day with three RBI's and three runs scored.
Late-Inning Rally in Game One Leads to Doubleheader Softball Sweep for the Ladies
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Austin College (4-17, 1-6 SCAC)
Centenary (LA) (5-12, 2-1 SCAC)
3/19/2017 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 87
Austin College1001200493
Centenary (LA)010033X790
Win: Lauren Beadle (1-2) 2.220021
Loss: Kat Wright (1-6) 1.223210
Kat Wright (AC) 413401
Wendy Gillet (CENTSB) 202110

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Ladies trailed 4-1 late in game one, but a three-run fifth and sixth gave them the win, while the Maroon and White put up a three spot in the first and never looked back in the second game as Centenary (6-12, 3-1 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) took game one, 7-1, before taking the nightcap from Austin College (4-18, 1-7 SCAC) 5-1 Sunday afternoon, March 19.

Down 4-1 in the fifth of game one, sophomore Payton LeBlanc reached on a bunt single back to the pitcher and stole second base. Senior Lizzie Moran followed with a single to second base, but LeBlanc kept running from second and scored to cut the deficit to two. Junior Anna Dunn followed with a sacrifice bunt, and junior Michelle Tasin placed a ball in right center that just ticked off the right fielder’s glove to put runners on the corners. After a stolen base put the tying runs in scoring position, freshman Haley Campbell singled in a run. However, pinch-running freshman Madison Freman scored when Austin College was slow getting the ball in the infield.

With the game tied with two runners on in the sixth, Dunn blasted the 1-2 pitch down the left field line for her third home run of the season.

With two on and two out in the sixth, sophomore Nichole Aldridge came on to induce a foul fly to pick up only her second collegiate save. She took the circle in game two, improving her record to 5-6 by allowing four hits and one run in a complete-game win.

Dunn led Centenary with a home run in her only official at-bat in the game, having been plunked the two previous times. Sophomore Lauren Beadle (1-2) took the win in relief, allowing two hits and no runs in 2.2 innings of work.

Kat Wright, who took the loss in relief for Austin College and fell to 1-6 on the year, added a solo home run in the fourth and a two-run double down the leftfield line in the fifth to put the visitors up 4-1. Wright also represented the tying run in the seventh, but she popped out to end the ballgame. She finished the day 3-for-4 with a run scored and four RBI’s.

In game two, Centenary allowed no runs in the top of the first for the first time this weekend. The Ladies capitalized on the momentum with three in the bottom of the inning. Leading off the frame, Dunn hit an 0-2 double to right field. After junior Haley Miller was hit by a pitch, freshman Haley Campbell laid down a sacrifice bunt. The throw just beat her; however, a collision between the fielder and Campbell allowed just enough time to score Dunn.

Still with just one out, sophomore Cassie Gonzales followed with a double to put a pair in scoring position. Sophomore Wendy Gillet grounded to second for an RBI, but the second baseman bobbled it and then threw the ball away for two errors and to allow another runner to score.

The Ladies took advantage of a crucial error in the fifth to score two more. Dunn, Miller, and Gonzales singled in what should have been bases loaded. However, the ‘Roos overthrew the cutoff as Dunn scored and both runners moved up a base. Gillet followed with her second sacrifice fly of the season.

Both Dunn and Gonzales finished with two hits, while Gillet added two RBI’s despite going 0-for-2.

Austin College scored one in the third, but a base-running blunder ended what could have been a big inning for the visitors. Jordan Procter led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a groundout, and went to third on Emily Low’s single. Low stole second, and Ashley Mayorga grounded out to shortstop to drive in a run. However, Low tried to take third after the throw to first and was thrown out at third for a key Ladies double play.

Tori Herrera (1-10) took the loss for Austin College, allowing seven hits and five runs (three earned) in five innings of work.

Centenary returns to action next weekend when it travels to Trinity for a four-game series. The doubleheader on March 25 is set for 1 p.m., while the twinbill on March 26 is set to kick off at noon.