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April 1, 2012

Softball splits with Millsaps, picks up first SCAC win

The Centre softball team split a doubleheader with Millsaps and picked up its first victory in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play, winning 4-2 and losing 12-6 on Sunday at Boyle County High School.

In the game one victory, Centre fell behind early after giving up a run in the second inning and another in the third, but took the lead for good with a three-run fourth inning. Centre got on the board when Emily Meador (Scottsville, Ky.) led off with a single and Stephanie Preston (Nicholasville, Ky.) was hit by a pitch with both coming around to score on a throwing error. Later in the inning, the Colonels would go up 3-2 on an RBI single to left field by Molly Ely (Riverside, Ill.).

Meador, who went the distance for Centre while striking out seven, allowed just two hits over the final four innings and kept Millsaps off the scoreboard the rest of the way in earning the win. With the Colonels holding on to the one-run lead, Preston provided some insurance in the sixth inning with a home run.

In the second game, Centre took a brief lead early but found itself playing catch up the rest of the way after Millsaps put up four runs in the second inning and another three in the third. The Colonels fell behind after allowing two runs in the top of the first, but responded in the bottom half with Hannah Massengale (Lexington, Ky.) and Chelsea Collard (Louisville, Ky.) each drawing bases loaded walks before an infield single by Preston put Centre up 3-2.

The Colonels' lead would be short lived as Millsaps sent nine hitters to the plate in the top of the second, taking advantage of three hits and two Centre errors to score four runs. Centre cut the lead to 6-4 on an RBI single by Ely in the bottom half of the inning, only to see Millsaps add three runs in the third and another in the fourth to go up 10-4.

A two-run single by Massengale helped Centre make the score 10-6 in the bottom of the fourth, but they would be the last runs Centre would manage. Back-to-back home runs by the Majors' Megan Yglesias and Allison Tarbox in the top of the seventh provided the final runs of the game.

After going 1-3 on the weekend, Centre's record stands at 8-13 overall and 1-3 in SCAC play. Millsaps improves to 9-7 overall and 4-4 in the conference. Centre travels to Birmingham Southern for doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.