Dark cashes in on Senior Night; Ladies split DH
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Leah Dark made Senior Night a special one as the senior third baseman used a seventh-inning RBI single to lift Centenary to a 4-3, last-inning win over visiting LSU-Alexandria in the first game of the day’s doubleheader as LSU-A took the nightcap, 6-1.

Centenary moves to 5-28 on the year after winning four of its last six and LSU-A goes to 21-14 with the split. The Ladies return to action Thursday with a doubleheader at Millsaps College at 2 and 4 p.m. before wrapping up the season with four games at Mississippi College Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. and noon, respectively.

Lynsi Unruh improved to 5-14 on the year, picking up her fourth win in five games, with a complete-game effort in game one. She kept the Lady Generals bats at-bay until the sixth inning when Alyssa Kennedy tied the game at 2-2 with a two-run homer.

The Ladies got on the scoreboard first thanks to an RBI double to left center by Cadie Hancock. That scored Dark, who drew a two-out hit-by-pitch and moved around on a sacrifice bunt and groundout. Centenary pushed the lead to 2-0 in the third thanks to three Lady General fielding errors.

LSU-A took its first lead of the day in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Kennedy as Amanda Harmon scored an unearned run thanks to a Centenary fielding error. Then the Ladies used the late-game rally to secure the win.

Cortney Kennedy (11-10) suffered the loss after 6 2/3 innings of work, giving up four runs, two earned, while the Ladies pounded nine hits.

Keya Brandon and Kalyn Harris knocked two hits apiece while six other Ladies tallied a base hit.

The Lady Generals struck first in the nightcap with a single run on three hits in the first and extended the lead to 2-0 in the fourth after Sierra Bailey tossed scoreless second and third frames. LSU-A pushed the lead to 3-0 in the sixth on a Kennedy infield single, followed by a two-run Centenary error, 5-0.

Kalyn Harris drove in her team-high 19th run with a groundout in the sixth to slice the lead to 5-1, but that’s all the offense the Ladies could muster off Logan Hebert in the nightcap. LSU-A added another in the seventh to go up 6-1.

Sierra Bailey dropped to 0-8 on the year with the complete-game loss, giving up six runs, just four earned on 14 hits. Hebert improved to 10-4, holding the Ladies to just two hits in the complete-game effort.