The ladies fall to Trinity 7-5 in the SCAC opener on Friday

Shreveport- The Centenary softball team lost 7-5 to the Trinity University Tigers on Friday night in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams at the Centenary Softball Complex.

The Ladies (4-5, 0-1 SCAC) and Tigers (1-12, 1-0 SCAC) will end the series on Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Centenary and Trinity were meeting for the first time since last May when the ladies recorded an 8-3 win in the 2021 SCAC tournament opener in Kerrville, Texas.

Centenary continued his hits as the Maroon and White had 12 hits, marking the fourth time this season they had 12 or more hits in a game. The women’s season high was 13 in a 4-3 victory over Westminster (Mo.) on Feb. 19. Centenary also has a pair of 11-hit games for a total of six multi-hit performances in nine games this season.

Trinity recorded 13 hits, drew a pair of walks, struck out two and left nine on base. The ladies struck out just once, a season low, and left eight on bases, but walked zero. Centenary stole a season-high four bases, trailing second LF Mackenzie Cox (Alexandria, Louisiana) by two. Junior SS Kaylea Patridge (Las Vegas, Nevada) and rookie Brooke Sandefur (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) each stole one. The Ladies have now stolen at least two bases in a game five times and have a total of 16 this season.

Patridge matched his season high with three hits to lead the offensive attack. She had an RBI double and single and is now hitting .400 this season. Cox went 2-4 with two RBIs and scored a run. She and Patridge teamed on a double steal in the first inning for the ladies’ first inning, as Cox stole home for a 1-0 lead. Senior 2B Jaymee Wilkinson (Brazoria, Texas) finished 2-4 with two runs scored for her multi-hit first game of the season, and RF rookie Isabella Dominguez (Newark, Calif.) went 2-3 with an RBI as she posted her second multi-hit performance. CF junior Mallory Stout (Trinity, Texas) was 1-2 with a run scored, DH rookie Alyssa Akers (Maurice, La.) went 1-3 and C senior Erin Lewis (Leesville, La.) finished 1-4.

Rookie P Katelyn Moss (Olive Branch, Miss.) started and went just two innings as she was scored for three runs, all earned, and five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. She faced 14 batters and threw 45 pitches, 25 for strikes. Senior P Ashley Hunter (Benton, La.) relived Moss and played the final five rounds of her longest outing of the season. Hunter threw 65 pitches (46 strikes) and faced 23 batters as she allowed four runs, three earned and eight hits. She didn’t walk or hit a batter.

Trinity starter Cat Patterson picked up her first win of the season to move to 1-4. She went the distance and allowed five runs, all earned, on 12 no-walk hits and one strikeout. She faced 34 batters and threw 108 pitches, 65 for strikes and hit a batter.

An innings after the Ladies suffered a double steal and a home steal, the Tigers did the same as 3B Marina Delaluna stole home to tie the game at 1-1 as SS Alexa Saucedo swept the second . 2B Sammie Whitman threw an RBI single down the middle to score Saucedo for a 2-1 lead, but an RBI brace from Dominguez late in the second tied the game. Trinity scored a pair in the top of the third on a two-run single from Saucedo and added singles in the fourth and sixth for a 6-2 lead.

Centenary was not going to go quietly, as Cox had a two RBI single followed by a Patridge hit in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-5. The ladies had two and threatened to tie or take the lead, but Patterson put Rivero on a groundout and Lewis on a flyout to end the set and retain the lead.

Delaluna delivered an RBI single with one out in the seventh for some insurance for Trinity, and Patterson struck out the ladies in order in the bottom half to secure the win. Whitman, Saucedo, Delaluna, C Jessica Lloyd and 1B Jordyn Williams each had two hits and Saucedo and Williams each finished with two RBIs. The Tigers had five doubles and also stole four bases.

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