Ladies unable to keep up with No. 8 UT-Tyler
Monday, April 9, 2012

SHREVEPORT – No. 8 UT-Tyler proved to be too much for Centenary Monday afternoon as the visiting Patriots took both games of the American Southwest Conference softball doubleheader 9-0, 10-0.

Centenary dropped to 1-25 on the year while the Patriots improved to 25-5. The Ladies continue their long home stand with a mid-week, non-conference contest against Southland Conference member Nicholls State at the Centenary Softball Complex at 5 p.m.

Lynsi Unruh (1-12) suffered the game-one loss after a rough third inning, giving up all seven runs and six hits in the single frame before Sierra Bailey relieved Unruh and forced all three outs in the third. She tossed the final three innings and allowed just two runs on five hits.

Heather Abshire (13-2) tossed her second one-hitter against the Ladies in as many starts, striking out three.

Unruh took a no-hit bid into the third inning, but Taylor Petrick followed Katelyn Thomason’s leadoff single with a two-run homer to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead before Joey Cronin smacked a three-run homer to left to push the lead to 5-0 before scoring two more to cap the seven-run frame.

 Nicole Warren (1-for-2) broke up Abshire’s no-hitter in the bottom of the third with a two-out single, and stole second to put herself in scoring position, but the Ladies stranded her to end the threat.

Rachel Howell extended the lead to 8-0 in the fourth with a one-out double to right field that fell just over the top of Keya Brandon’s glove. Brittany Batten used a sacrifice fly to center to advance the margin to 9-0, capping game one’s scoring.

The Patriots offense didn’t slow down heading into game two, plating three in the first inning thanks to a two-run homer by Cronin, her second of the day, doubling her season total to four, followed by a Rachel Howell solo homer to extend the early lead to 4-0.

Carli Wheeler used an RBI groundout after a two-base fielding error to move the lead to 5-0 in the third. Unruh kept the visitors scoreless for the previous 1 2/3 innings before the miscue. Ashley Endsley followed with a bases-clearing, three-run double to give UT-Tyler an 8-0 lead, all three runs unearned. Batten used a single through the left side in the fourth to push the lead to 9-0 before the Patriots went up 10-0 in the fifth.

Reggie Salvatore dropped to 0-4 in the nightcap after surrendering four runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. Unruh hurled the final 4 1/3 and gave up six runs, only two earned, and scattered seven hits.

Leah Dark (1-for-2) recorded the Ladies only hit in the nightcap with a two-out single to the left side in the bottom of the fourth.