Ladies Sweep Grambling State
Wednesday, April 7, 2004

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary softball team gained some momentum going into a key weekend conference series, sweeping Grambling State, 11-1 and 15-5, Wednesday night at the Centenary Softball Complex.

The Ladies exploded offensively, as 12 of their 25 hits went for extra bases, including home runs in each game of the doubleheader by Micah Rhodes. Rhodes drove in five runs during the night, hitting both home runs to the opposite field.

The first game was delayed over an hour by thunderstorms that passed through the area. Those storms did not stop the Ladies, who scored at least two runs in every inning they batted in the first game. Besides Rhodes, Sherilyn Bossier also had two hits and scored two runs in the first game, while Jordan Lansdale walked three times and scored twice.

Cheyenne Daries (12-10) kept the Lady Tigers at bay in game one, giving up only two hits and one run in four innings while striking out seven batters. Cathy Byrne (6-7), who picked up the victory in game two, came on in relief in both games, pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up only two hits and one walk while striking out five batters.

There were early fireworks in game two, as all 20 runs came in the first three innings for the two teams. Starting pitchers Casi Hendricks of Centenary and Kerri Luxton of Grambling State lasted only 2 1/3 innings each, with Luxton taking the loss and Hendricks unable to pick up the victory.

In game two, Janis Kelley went 3-for-3 with three doubles, two runs scored, and four runs batted in. Dana Davis also was perfect in the second game, earning four singles, scoring a run, and driving in a run. Ursula Maroski and Lauren Brownlee each earned two hits, including a double and a run batted in for each senior. Natalie Schoppe played solidly in both games, going 2-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored, and two RBI.

Centenary (21-19) will now prepare to host IUPUI in an important Mid-Con series this weekend. Both teams come into the series with 4-4 conference records, chasing Southern Utah, Valparaiso, and Western Illinois at the top of the standings. Friday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m., not 4 p.m. as originally scheduled. Saturday’s games are still scheduled to begin at noon.