Southern Utah Earns Split with Saturday Sweep of Ladies
Saturday, April 8, 2006

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CC-Southern Utah #3 Box Score
CC-Southern Utah #4 Box Score

Dana Davis

CEDAR CITY, Utah—A day after taking a doubleheader from Southern Utah on the road, the Centenary softball team dropped both ends of its Saturday twinbill to the Thunderbirds 4-0 and 14-4. Amy Sauer picked up wins in both games for the host school while the Ladies were out-hit 20-11 on the day and allowed five unearned runs.


Centenary (23-19, 7-5 Mid-Con) could not solve Sauer (6-6) in game one despite having runners in scoring position on several occasions. The hurler scattered five hits while striking out nine Ladies. Three of the five hits for Centenary were doubles, but Sauer worked out of all the threats to preserve the shutout.


Southern Utah (13-26, 6-2 Mid-Con) got on the board in the bottom of the third when Marci Pratt came through with a two-out, two-run homerun off of pitcher Jessica Ivins. Single runs were added in the fifth and sixth innings by SUU. A walk, a stolen base, and a double accounted for the third run of the game while the fourth run was forced in when a batter was hit by a pitch with the bases were loaded after the third out would have been recorded if not for a fielding error.


Ivins (6-6) allowed three runs on four hits in 4.2 innings. Kristan Morton finished the game with an unearned run in 1.1 innings of action.


Centenary wasted no time in the second game as the Maroon and White erupted for four runs off of Sauer in the opening frame. With the bases loaded after a pair of hits and a walk, Brittney Broussard lined a double to left field to score three. Dana Davis promptly singled to right field to push a fourth run across for the Ladies.


The lead would not hold as Southern Utah chased starter Ashley Lail (12-11) from the game after recording just one out in the bottom of the first. Four hits and a walk resulted in five runs for the Thunderbirds as they claimed the advantage at 5-4 and never looked back.


Sauer settled down to give up just two hits and no runs the rest of the way while the offense continued to click. Four more runs were posted in the third after an error that would have ended the threat without a run and five more runners crossed the pay station in the fourth on five hits to end the game by the mercy rule.


Morton gave up nine runs, five earned, in 3.2 innings of relief after Lail’s day ended early. She struck out one batter while surrendering 11 hits.


Centenary will look to get back on the winning track when it travels to face Grambling on Wednesday at 3 p.m. before hosting Oakland in conference play on Friday and Saturday.