Rally not enough; Ladies eliminated Friday night
Friday, April 26, 2013 | by Nathan Yacovissi
Centenary (8-31)
Southwestern (31-10)
4/26/2013 | Irving, TX | Attendance: 0
Win: Kingston (0-0) 4.232244
Loss: Lynsi Unruh (0-0) 6.2137732
Nicole Warren (CC) 322020
Lauren Swift (CC) 222020
Rosengren (SUSB) 434101

IRVING, TEXAS – Abigail O’Connor single lifted Southwestern University to a 7-6 victory, and spoiled a huge comeback effort that eventually led to the Centenary Softball team being eliminated in game four Friday at the Southern Collegiate Athletics Conference Tournament. It was the hosting Crusaders of University of Dallas (6-30) that delivered the knockout blow in a 6-0 defeat over the Maroon and White.

In game one, Southwestern (27-14) jumped on the board with two in the first inning. They would score at least once in five innings.

Lauren Swift ignited the Ladies’ offense in the second inning with a leadoff triple and scored to cut the Pirates’ lead in half. Nicole Warren added two doubles as Swift and her logged multi-hit games. The duo contributed three of the Ladies’ five hits for extra bases.

Whitney Patterson recorded the other hit in the third inning to bring in Warren who reached via her first double to start the frame. The Shreveport, La., native had a team high two RBI.  

Trailing 5-2 in the top of the sixth, Centenary (8-32) took advantage of some wildness from Pirates’ pitcher, Kayla Irvin, to rally with a four run inning and take 6-5 lead.

Abbie Woods led off being hit by a pitch, and moved to scoring position on Warren’s second double on the afternoon. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch to cut the deficit 5-3. Warren’s run on a sacrifice fly by Patterson brought the score within one at 5-4, and Swift and Lynsi Unruh walked to load the bases, advancing Jessica McDonald, who also walked earlier.

After a pitching change, Sconce surprised SU’s defense with a bunt that successfully tied the game. The bizarre inning continued as Swift broke for home on a ball that was mishandled by the catcher but didn’t get very far. Swift picked up the rare stolen home base and gave Centenary its first lead.

The Pirates had a rally of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Stacy Rosengren led off with a hit and advanced to second on a bunt. After stealing third, she would tie the game on a bunt by Michele Ramos.

Linsay Biggers singled and stole second quickly to get in scoring position. O’Connor delivered the winning hit to complete the walk-off.

Unruh (8-21) pitched the 6.2 innings and surrendered seven runs on 13 hits while taking the loss. The previous SCAC Pitcher of the week also walked three and struck out two.

Kelsey Kingston (23-6) was the winning pitcher, starting and finishing the game in relief for Irvin. Kingston tossed 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts.

Irvin delivered 2.1 innings in the circle, allowing four runs on two hits and recording a strikeout. Both hurlers combined for 10 walks.

The University of Dallas earned its first victory against a conference opponent this year, notching two, three-run innings off the Ladies.

Taylor Garcia delivered the big blow in the fourth inning with a three-run homer to give UD its largest lead of the night 6-0.

The Maroon and White only picked up five hits in this contest too, with Swift and Erin Crites contributing a double each for the only extra base hits. A trio of Ladies: Unruh, Sconce, and Caitlyn Gentry added to the hit column.

In the circle, Unruh went 3.0 innings and gave up three runs off five hits. She walked four and struck out one. Sconce completed the final 4.0 innings, surrendering three runs and punched out two.

Nicole Frazier (6-24) was the winning pitcher picking up a shutout, and scattering five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Prior to the final game tonight, the SCAC announced its All-Conference teams. Swift was named to the first team all-conference. Unruh qualified for second team honors, and Warren rounded out the trio receiving the nod for honorable mention.