Ladies notch first win of season
Friday, March 16, 2012

SHREVEPORT - Lynsi Unruh’s complete game and a 3-for-4 performance by Keya Brandon catapulted the Centenary Ladies to their first win of the year splitting Thursday’s softball doubleheader 6-3, 10-8.

Centenary (1-12) returns to action March 17, hosting American Southwest Conference foe UT-Dallas for a doubleheader at 2 p.m. The split games moved Millsaps to 5-9 on the year.

Unruh garnered her first win, improving to 1-5 after surrendering just three runs in the complete-game effort in game one. She fanned two batters.

The Ladies grabbed the early lead in game one as Nicole Warren stole second after walking, moved to third on a Keya Brandon groundout and scored on a wild pitch by Laurel Jones. Brandon extended the lead to 2-0 reaching on a bunt and advanced to third on a throwing error by Allyson Christian.

Christian got the run back with a double to right field, scoring Megan Yglesias, who reached on a single to center to cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth. The Majors stole the lead in the fifth, 3-2, with a two-run single by Allison Tarbox for their first lead of the day.

The Ladies retaliated immediately with two more in the bottom of the fifth. Warren led off with a walk and moved to second on a Brandon single, her second base knock of the game. Warren knotted the game at three on a Karen McWilliams throwing error as Brandon moved to third. Cadie Hancock smacked a double to plate Brandon. Lauren Swift joined the action with a single to left field to extend Centenary’s lead to 5-3 after five.

Brandon’s third base knock drove in Jessica McDonald to give the Ladies a 6-3 advantage heading into the seventh. Unruh stifled the Majors bats to give the Ladies their first win of the year.

The Majors struck first in the nightcap, plating two runs in the first thanks to back-to-back doubles off Sierra Bradley.

Centenary cut into the lead in the second as Kalyn Harris scored on Swift’s fielder’s choice to slice to margin to 2-1. The Ladies managed just one run in the frame after loading the bases with no outs thanks to two strikeouts by Millsaps Emily Collins.

 The Majors tacked on three more in the third to widen the gap, 5-1. The Ladies threatened again in the third, loading the bases with no outs. The Ladies plated three in the third to answer MIllsaps big inning, cutting the lead to 5-4.

 McDonald’s fourth-inning leadoff single led the tying run, 5-5, scoring on a wild pitch by Collins, but Millsaps added five more in the fifth to stretch the lead to 10-5 before the Ladies scratched three more across to bring the final to 10-8.