Centre Tops Millsaps to Advance in SCAC Softball Winner's Bracket
April 22, 2011
April 22, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Centre scored once in the sixth and four times in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie and claim an 8-4 win over Millsaps in the winner's bracket of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Championship.
The Colonels improved to 16-21 on the season and face DePauw on Saturday, while Millsaps dropped to 16-23 and faces the loser of Saturday's game between Trinity and Southwestern.
Millsaps took a 2-0 lead in the first as Caroline Thompson led off with a single and Allison Tarbox hit a two-out, two-run homer to center.
Centre trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the second as Chelsea Benham hit a solo homer to left. That Majors' lead went to 3-1 in the second after Sam Wursteisen and Amanda Berry each singled and Wursteisen scored on Allyson Christian's fielder's choice grounder.
The Colonels evened the score at 3-3 in the fourth after Chelsea Collard's triple plated Taylor Childress and Katie Martello's base hit scored Collard.
In the sixth Benham led off by reaching second on a Millsaps outfield error, moving to third on Collard's sacrifice bunt and scoring on Emily Meador's double.
Centre's Regina Sena doubled in the seventh and Mary Saylor walked before Benham singled home Sena. Lightning forced the teams off the field for a delay of four hours and 49 minutes. When play resumed at 6:38 p.m., Collard walked before Martello cleared the bases with a double to center which extended the Colonels' lead to 8-3.
Millsaps added one in the seventh as Jade Hewitt walked with two outs and moved to second when Caroline Thompson reached on an error. Megan Yglesias' infield single loaded the bases and Emily Spicer reached on an error which allowed Hewitt to score.
Centre totaled 19 hits led by Sena and Benham with three each. Childress and Martello each added two, while Martello finished with four RBI. The Majors finished with seven hits as Thompson and Yglesias each had two.
Meador improved to 10-11 and struck out eight with just one walk, while Tyner dropped to 6-7.