Ladies Back on Track with 4-1 Win Over ULM
Wednesday, March 15, 2006


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CC-ULM Box Score 3-15-06


Allison McClain

Jennifer Martin

MONROE, La.—The Centenary softball team played small ball and used timely hitting to get back to their winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday night. Solid pitching from Ashley Lail and Kristan Morton sealed the road win for the Ladies. Morton extended her scoreless innings streak to 14.1 consecutive with two shutout innings of relief.

 

Centenary (16-11) relied on the arm of the freshman Lail in the early going. After the Ladies failed to score with a runner on third and only one out in the first inning, the game moved quickly as neither team could muster a rally. Lail was dominant from the start as she retired the first seven batters she faced, four via the strikeout.

 

The Ladies got on the board first with a single run in the top of the fourth. Allison McClain led off the frame by reaching and advancing to second base on an error by the ULM shortstop. Dana Davis laid down a sacrifice bunt to move McClain to third and Jennifer Martin drove her in on a squeeze play.

 

Still with only one hit in the contest, the Lady Indians’ Megan Miller drew a lead-off walk in the home half of the fifth. Miller moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then trotted to third on a wild pitch. Calli Baker then connected for ULM’s second single off of Lail to tie the game at 1-1.

 

With one out in the sixth, McClain singled to start what would be Centenary’s winning push. Davis followed with a base on balls and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Martin loaded the bases as a result of being hit by a pitch and Amy Wiedeman made the second out when she lined out sharply to first base. Brittney Broussard was then called on to pinch-hit and the sophomore came through with a big two-run single to plate both McClain and Davis. Broussard and Martin then pulled off a double steal to give the Ladies a three-run cushion.

 

Lail improved to 10-6 on the season in tossing five innings while surrendering one run on two hits and mowing down seven Lady Indians. Morton picked up her second save with two scoreless innings while allowing only a hit batsman to reach base.

 

Taylor Call (2-6) was saddled with the loss for ULM (14-13). Centenary scored fours runs, three earned, and collected five hits in her six innings of work. Lindsay Rittenhouse pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the contest.

 

Broussard finished 1-for-1 with two RBI and McClain scored two runs in going 1-for-3 at the plate for the Maroon and White. Martin added a run and an RBI while Lauren Flowers and Micah Rhodes both notched two hits on the evening.

 

Centenary will look to keep the momentum building when it hosts Stephen F. Austin State University at the Centenary Softball Complex tomorrow at 5 p.m.