Another Split For Ladies, Westerwinds
Monday, April 26, 2004

SHREVEPORT – An RBI double by Lauren Koehn in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Ladies the first game of Monday’s doubleheader, but Western Illinois jumped on top early in game two to salvage a split of the doubleheader and the weekend series.

The two teams could not score in game one, even though both teams had their chances, especially the Westerwinds. Western Illinois left 11 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the second and sixth innings as well as two runners on in the first and third innings.

Centenary starter Janis Kelley pitched out of several jams, but was lifted after loading the bases with one out in the sixth inning. Cheyenne Daries came on in relief, induced a pop out by Jessica Stanforth, and struck out Amber Lessen to end the Westerwind threat.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Megan Hall singled sharply to center field with one out. Lindsey Virdell pinch ran for Hall and scored from first base on the double to left-center field by Koehn, giving the Ladies the 1-0 victory. In 1 2/3 innings, Daries made 16 pitches, all of them strikes, for her 20th victory of the season.

Daries (20-14) was not as dominating in starting game two, as Stanforth led off the game with a first-pitch home run to left-center field. Before the first inning was over, Western Illinois (22-25, 11-9 Mid-Con) had scored five runs, the big hits being a two-run single by Meghan Strazar and a two-run home run by Maureen Troller.

The Westerwinds continued using the long ball to extend the lead, as solo home runs by Cassandra Hallstrom in the second inning and Erin Zeller in the fifth inning gave Western Illinois a 7-1 lead. In the sixth inning, an RBI single by Brooke Benson gave the Westerwinds the final margin at 8-1.

The only run for Centenary (30-24, 13-7 Mid-Con) came off a solo home run to right field by Lauren Brownlee in the second inning. Mixing up her pitches successfully, Christine Drankiewicz (2-1) picked up the complete-game victory, scattering five hits while striking out three Centenary batters.

The Ladies will conclude the home portion of their schedule Wednesday evening with a doubleheader against Stephen F. Austin beginning at 4 p.m. Centenary then travels to Indiana to face Valparaiso in a four-game series this weekend which will go a long way towards determining which seed the Ladies will have at the Mid-Con Softball Tournament in May.