Ladies Split Doubleheader With Westerwinds
Saturday, April 24, 2004

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary softball team played solidly in winning game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, 5-1, but Centenary baserunning mistakes as well as timely hitting by Western Illinois led to the Westerwinds earning a split with a 4-2 victory in game two at the Centenary Softball Complex.

The Ladies jumped on top in game one when Jordan Lansdale, who went 2-for-3 in game one with an RBI, led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a wild pitch. Western Illinois tied the game in the second inning as Brooke Benson hit a leadoff home run to right field.

Centenary was able to score in the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit. Lauren Koehn reached base when Jessica Stanforth could not handle a line drive. Koehn stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a squeeze bunt by Megan Hall.

The Ladies pulled away with two runs in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth inning. Cheyenne Daries (19-13) kept the Westerwind hitters guessing, striking out 12 batters in pitching a complete game. In the process, Daries broke the Centenary single-season record for strikeouts with her 166th strikeout in the fourth inning.

Western Illinois (21-24, 10-8 Mid-Con) took the early advantage in game two, scoring two runs in the second inning on an RBI double by Richele Dorsey. The Ladies stormed back in the bottom of the third inning, taking advantage of two Westerwind errors to score two runs and tie the game.

The game turned into a pitcher’s duel between Daries, who relieved starter Cathy Byrne, and KarenMarie Pena (15-12), who settled down after giving up the two unearned runs. In the top of the sixth inning, Cassandra Hallstrom led off with a double, but Daries was able to get a strikeout and a popup for the first two outs. However, catcher Erin Zeller hit a home run to center field to give Western Illinois the lead for good.

Centenary (29-23, 12-6 Mid-Con) had its chances in both the sixth and seventh innings, but baserunning mistakes cost the Ladies in both innings, ending any chance for a come-from-behind rally. Lauren Brownlee went 2-for-2 in the second game with a walk and a double.

The Ladies and Westerwinds are scheduled to face off in another doubleheader tomorrow beginning at noon. Between games, the Centenary seniors will be honored for their contributions to the program.