Ladies unable to stifle late rallies
Saturday, March 3, 2012

FARMERS BRANCH, TEXAS – Keya Brandon smacked a double down the left field line in the top of the eighth to give Centenary College a 5-3 lead, but Schreiner’s Callie Caesar knocked a rare three-run single to right field in the bottom half of the inning to upset the Ladies, 6-5.

It was the Ladies second loss of the day after a 10-5 loss to Howard Payne (4-6) as Schreiner improved to 3-5.

The Ladies (0-4) are still looking for their first win of the season heading into Saturday’s contests against Mary Hardin-Baylor (12:30 p.m.) and Southwestern (5:30 p.m.).

The Centenary offense anchored both games, combining for 26 hits and 11 runs, but the defense couldn’t keep up.

Nicole Warren scored the game’s first run against Schreiner to put Centenary up 1-0 in the first, followed by a Reggie Salvatore single to score Cadie Hancock, who reached on a double to centerfield.  The Ladies held the 2-0 lead until the Mountaineers plated three in the fourth.

Kalyn Harris responded immediately with an RBI single in the next frame, allowing Warren to score her second run. Neither team scored again until the extra frames.

Sierra Bailey (0-1) earned her first loss of the year after tossing 7 1/3 innings, scattering 10 hits and six runs, only four earned. She fanned two batters and walked just one in 31 batters faced. Her counterpart, Allyson Morris, hurled a complete game. The Centenary offense pounded 15 hits off the junior hurler, but Morris (1-0) gave up no walks and struck out five.

In the Ladies first contest, Howard Payne used a seven-run sixth to overcome a 5-3 deficit. Centenary controlled the game early, scoring early and often, plating a run in each of the first three innings. Harris stroked a two-run homer in the first, followed by an RBI single by Leah Dark to score Salvatore to give Centenary an early 3-0 edge.

Sconce pounded a solo homer in the second before Salvatore scored an unearned run in the third thanks to a Howard Payne fielding error to move the lead to 5-0.

Howard Payne scored three in the bottom of the third to spark 10 unanswered runs.

Lynsi Unruh (0-1) took the loss after 5 1/3 innings in the circle, giving up seven runs on seven hits and five walks. Bailey finished the last two outs, but gave up three runs on five hits in the process.

The Ladies rocked Howard Payne starter Kayla Castillo, totaling seven hits and five runs in only three innings, but Baillie Trumble improved to 1-1 after four scoreless innings when the Howard Payne bats came alive.

Centenary makes its home debut March 8, hosting a doubleheader against Millsaps starting at 5 p.m.