Ladies Hold On For Doubleheader Sweep Of Valparaiso
Friday, April 30, 2004

VALPARAISO, Ind. - The Centenary softball team used the long ball to take the lead in both games, then needed to hold on for two one-run victories, 1-0 and 5-4, Friday afternoon over the Valparaiso Crusaders.

Game one was scoreless until the fourth inning, when Janis Kelley hit her 13th home run of the season to give the Ladies a 1-0 lead. Despite several other chances, led by Traci Smith's 2-for-3 effort, Centenary could not score any more runs.

Cheyenne Daries made sure the one-run advantage would hold up, pitching a complete game. She gave up only two hits and two walks while striking out seven Crusader batters.

The second game was also scoreless through the first few innings. In the fifth inning, Dana Davis came up as a pinch hitter and drove an Amanda Gilbertson pitch over the centerfield fence for her first career home run, giving the Ladies a 2-0 lead.

The Ladies continued the offensive onsluaght in the sixth inning, scoring three runs to extend the lead to five. Third baseman Lauren Brownlee, who went 2-for-3 and scored on Davis' home run, drove in a run and later scored another run. Centenary also executed a double steal, as Lindsey Jones scored the fifth run of the game, a run that would prove valuable.

Giving up only two hits coming into the seventh inning, Daries (22-14) struggled through the seventh inning, giving up two hits before getting two outs. A two-run double by Gilbertson gave Valparaiso its first runs of the day and chased Daries from the game. Kelley gave up a two-run single to Beth Adamski, but forced Crusader leading hitter Karen Constien to hit into a fielder's choice to end the game and pick up her eighth save of the season.

Weather permitting, these two teams will meet in another doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon at the Valparaiso Softball Field.