Ladies Exorcise Demons, Defeat Northwestern State, 6-1
Tuesday, March 30, 2004



Shreveport — The Centenary Ladies softball team broke a 15-game losing streak to the Northwestern State Demons Tuesday night, using solid pitching and timely hitting to win, 6-1, at the Centenary Softball Complex.

Lindsay Leftwich hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning, but that would be the only bright spot for the Demons. After Jordan Lansdale singled and Katie Harwick walked, Lauren Brownlee hit a two-out single to left field that scored both runners and gave the Ladies the lead for good.

With two outs in the third inning, Micah Rhodes hit a towering home run to right field to extend the Centenary lead to 3-1. The Ladies loaded the bases in the fourth inning and pushed across two more runs thanks to a Demon error and a single by Harwick to make the score 5-1.

Centenary (18-16) finished the scoring with a solo home run by Ursula Maroski to lead off the fifth inning. Lory Kowaleski was the only player with two hits in the game, one of them on a bunt single that continued the fourth-inning rally.

Cheyenne Daries (10-9) pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two hits while striking out two batters. Cathy Byrne pitched the next 1 2/3 innings, striking out three Demon batters, and Janis Kelley finished the game with a perfect seventh inning.

The Ladies had not defeated Northwestern State (18-19) since February 22, 1997, an eight-inning 1-0 victory on a neutral field. The last time Centenary defeated the Demons in Shreveport was a doubleheader sweep on March 17, 1994.

Centenary returns to Mid-Con action this weekend, traveling to Cedar City, Utah, to face the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. The Ladies and Thunderbirds enter the weekend tied for the conference lead with 3-1 records after the first weekend of conference play.

 

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