Ladies Softball Sweeps Oakland, 10-0 and 2-0
Saturday, March 27, 2004

Shreveport — The pitching combination of Cheyenne Daries and Janis Kelley shut down the Golden Grizzlies, and the Ladies jumped on the board early in both games to sweep a doubleheader from Oakland, 10-0 and 2-0, Saturday afternoon at the Centenary Softball Complex.

With Centenary coach Mark Montgomery utilizing favorable matchups learned in Friday’s doubleheader, Daries (9-9) and Kelley (2-1) gave up only two hits each. Daries struck out six batters in 6 2/3 innings, while Kelley did not give up a walk in 5 1/3 innings of work.

After failing to earn anything off of Oakland lefty Nicole Marzano in Friday’s first game, the Ladies used her wildness to their advantage in Saturday’s first game. Marzano walked Jordan Lansdale and Kelley, setting up a two-run double by Ursula Maroski that started the scoring.

Later in the bottom of the first, Katie Harwick and Lauren Brownlee each earned RBI singles, then worked together to execute a double steal that scored Harwick to make the score 5-0.

Centenary (17-16, 3-1 Mid-Con) extended its lead thanks to the offense of the featured pitching combination. Kelley hit a two-run home run in the second inning to make the score 7-0, while Daries’ solo shot in the third inning gave the Ladies a 9-0 and the opportunity to end the game in the fifth inning.

The Ladies did all the damage they would need in the first inning of the second game. Lansdale led off with a double and scored on a single by Megan Hall. After a Micah Rhodes walk and a Maroski single loaded the bases, Harwick drew a walk to force in the second run of the inning.

Besides a lack of offense, Oakland (9-12, 1-3 Mid-Con) hurt itself with errors, committing five mistakes in the two games. Marzano (8-6) took the loss in the first game, while Camie Knorr (0-1) gave up both runs in the second game to earn the loss in her first start of the season.

After a single game at home against the Northwestern State Demons on Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Ladies travel to Cedar City, Utah, for doubleheaders against Southern Utah on Friday and Saturday. The Thunderbirds were picked in the preseason as the favorite to win the conference, and they have won their first three conference games of the season at Western Illinois.