Ladies Narrowly Miss Series Sweep Over UMKC
Saturday, April 17, 2004

Kansas City, Mo.—Centenary pitcher Cheyenne Daries did not surrender a hit through six innings of the second game against UMKC on Saturday, but that didn't prevent the Kangaroos from scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to salvage a split with the Ladies at Adair Park. Kacie Tietgen's RBI single off Centenary reliever Janis Kelley gave UMKC a 2-1 victory. The Ladies took the opener 6-1 as Daries (19-10) went six innings in the circle and Micah Rhodes blasted a grand slam in the top of the seventh to open up a tight game.

UMKC (7-27, 5-7 Mid-Con) got doubles from Lindsey Ramsey and Eryn Knecht to tie the nightcap 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Both hits were off Daries who had allowed only a walk and a hit batter through six innings. With two outs, pinch-hitter Emily Adkins singled through the left side off Kelley, who then yielded Tietgen's soft liner into right center which plated Knecht with the game-winning run.

Centenary got its only run of the game in the fourth when Kelley drove her league-leading 12th homer of the season over the fence in right center field. UMKC freshman Tisha Abell (4-8) went the distance, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out three.

UMKC took a 1-0 lead in the opener when Kristen Caldwell led off the bottom of the first with a double. Sarah Allen sacrificed her to second, and Caldwell scored on Ramsey's bunt single.

Centenary (28-20, 11-5 Mid-Con) put two runs on the board in the second when Lauren Brownlee hit her third homer of the season scoring pinch-runner Lauren Koehn. The score remained 2-1 until the top of the seventh when Rhodes smacked UMKC reliever Jenny Schade's pitch out to right center.