Centenary Ladies Split First Mid-Con Doubleheader
Friday, March 26, 2004

Shreveport — After being held to two hits in ten innings in the first game, the Centenary Ladies exploded for 12 hits in the second game as they split a doubleheader with the Oakland Golden Grizzlies Friday evening at the Centenary Softball Complex.

The first game was a pitching duel between Oakland’s Nicole Marzano (8-5) and Centenary’s Cheyenne Daries (8-9). Both players struck out 11 opposing batters and neither pitcher gave up a run in the first nine innings, with Marzano not giving up a hit until the seventh inning.

In the top of the tenth inning, Toni Salo led off with a single and was advanced to second base by a sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk to Camie Knorr, Daries committed a throwing error on a Marzano grounder that allowed Oakland to score both of its runs. After giving up a one-out hit to Lauren Brownlee, Marzano struck out Lory Kowaleski and induced a line drive by Traci Smith to win the first game for Oakland, 2-0.

Oakland (9-10, 1-1 Mid-Con) jumped on top of the second game thanks to a solo home run to left field by Christina Schulte. Centenary (15-16, 1-1 Mid-Con) came right back in the bottom of the first inning, scoring two runs on an RBI groundout by Micah Rhodes and a sacrifice fly by Ursula Maroski.

The Ladies earned a bigger lead in the third inning when Janis Kelley hit her 18th career home run, setting a new school record for career home runs. After Oakland closed the gap to one in the fourth inning, Centenary added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to salvage the split, 6-3.

Rhodes drove in both insurance runs, one on her sixth home run of the season to lead off the fifth inning, and the other on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that drove in Jordan Lansdale. After struggling in the first game, Lansdale went 3-for-3 in the second game with a walk and three runs scored.

For the Golden Grizzlies, Schulte finished the doubleheader 5-for-7 with a run, a RBI, and a stolen base. For the Ladies, Maroski was also perfect in the second game, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run batted in.

Cathy Byrne (5-6) pitched the first four innings of the second game to pick up the first conference win for Centenary softball in five years. Kelley faced the minimum nine batters over three innings to pick up her fourth save of the season, also a new Centenary record.

These two teams will return to the Centenary Softball Complex at noon on Saturday for another doubleheader.