Ladies drop 13-inning heartbreaker
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Reggie Salvatore’s 3-for-6 performance and Centenary's four runs in the first two innings weren’t enough Tuesday afternoon as LeTourneau persevered for a 6-5, 13-inning win in American Southwest Conference softball action.

Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to inclement weather in the area.

Centenary dropped to 1-21 on the year and remains winless in the ASC at 0-15 while LeTourneau jumps to 15-14.

Centenary loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th with no outs, but three straight outs gave the Ladies 17 total left on base to that point.

LeTourneau took advantage in the top of the 13th as Ashley McPhail reached on the Ladies fourth fielding error, scoring Chloe Cooper to give the Yellow Jackets the final 6-5 advantage, holding Centenary scoreless in the final frame.

Lynsi Unruh (1-10) tossed a complete-game in the 13-inning game-one contest, five shy of the NCAA Division-III record. She scattered just 11 hits in the extra frames, allowing only three earned runs due to four Ladies errors.

Taylor Thibodeaux improved to 9-11 on the season after tossing 11 1/3 innings in relief. Kelli Parton got a no decision after being knocked around for five hits and four runs in just 1 2/3 innings of work.

LeTourneau took an early lead in the first on a single through the left side by Sara Whitehead, but the Ladies answered with a run of their own. Nicole Warren led off with a single and stole second before moving to third on a Keya Brandon groundout. Kalyn Harris smacked a double over the right fielder’s head to knot things at 1-1.

Reggie Salvatore, who had a team-high three hits in a 3-for-6 effort, followed with a double that caromed off the left field wall, plating Harris to give the Ladies a 2-1 lead after the first.

Keya Brandon stretched the lead to 3-1 in the second with an RBI groundout, scoring Jessica McDonald, who reached on a single. Harris drove in her second run of the day and team-high 10th RBI to plate Warren again, moving the lead to 4-1. That knocked Yellow Jacket starter Kelli Parton out of the circle.

Christin Mickelboro slimmed the gap to 4-2 with a solo home run to start the third inning and the Yellow Jackets tacked on one more to close the lead to 4-3 before Mickelboro cranked her second homer of the game to tie the game at four.

Both teams failed to score until the ninth when the automatic second-base runner rule was in place. The Yellow Jackets struck first, scoring one to take their first lead of the game at 5-4, but Brandon drove in Jenny King after she was automatically placed on second. Harris knocked a single to right to push Brandon to third with just one out, but the Ladies stranded runners on the corners to keep the game tied at five.