Ladies Execute Second Consecutive Doubleheader Sweep
Saturday, March 13, 2004

Norman, Okla. — Solid pitching and timely hitting were the keys as the Centenary softball team extended its winning streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep over the New Mexico Lobos, 6-1 and 3-2, at the OU/Worth Invitational on Saturday.

In the first game, Centenary opened the scoring in the second inning when Lindsey Virdell drove in Lory Kowaleski with a bloop single to right field. After a three-hour rain delay in the bottom of the third inning, Lauren Brownlee hit a bases-loaded single to drive in Katie Harwick and make the score 2-0.

Janis Kelley broke the game open in the fourth inning with a three-run home run to right field. The homer was Kelley's seventh of the season, tying the Centenary single-season record for home runs with half of the season remaining. Another Centenary record was broken in the sixth inning when Jordan Lansdale picked up her 65th career walk, breaking Lauren Jackson's record of 64 free passes.

For the second consecutive day, Cathy Byrne (3-5) came within one inning of a complete game shutout, scattering eight hits and giving up one seventh-inning run to earn her third victory of the season.

Centenary (13-11) again scored the first run in game two of the doubleheader, as Kowaleski drove in Micah Rhodes with a two-out single to right-center field. In a repeat of the first game, Brownlee hit a bases-loaded single in the third inning to plate another Centenary run, and a throwing error by New Mexico (16-13) gave the Ladies a 3-0 lead.

Cheyenne Daries (8-5) held the Lobos scoreless through the first five innings, but a two-run double by Sabrina Sandberg in the sixth inning chased Daries from the game. Kelley came on in relief and pitched 1 2/3 innings to pick up her third save of the season.

The Ladies will attempt to pull off at least one upset Sunday afternoon when they face the sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m.