Ladies Split Doubleheader With Crusaders
Saturday, May 1, 2004

VALPARAISO, Ind. – After dropping the first game to Valparaiso, 9-4, the Centenary softball team received a brilliant pitching performance from Casi Hendricks and took advantage of several Crusader errors to win the second game, 6-1, splitting Saturday’s doubleheader and winning the weekend series.

Hendricks (2-0) picked up her first-ever conference victory, pitching a complete game by scattering six hits while striking out five Crusader batters. She stranded runners in three consecutive innings before giving up the only Valparaiso run in the sixth inning.

Centenary (33-26, 16-8 Mid-Con) jumped on top in the fifth inning when Lauren Brownlee led off with a single and scored on a Valparaiso error. Lory Kowaleski, who reached base on the error, scored on a sacrifice fly by Lindsey Jones. Jordan Lansdale followed with a double and scored on a single to center field by Lauren Koehn.

Another Valpo error in the sixth inning led to another Centenary run to make the score 4-0. More Crusader mistakes in the seventh inning led to runs by Lindsey Virdell and Lansdale. Both Lansdale and Koehn hit 3-for-4 in game two, with Lansdale scoring two runs.

Centenary earned the early lead in the first inning of game one. Lansdale led off with a single, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Koehn and a bunt single by Janis Kelley. Megan Hall grounded out to the shortstop, but earned an RBI when Lansdale scored to give the Ladies a 1-0 lead.

Valparaiso (18-28, 12-8 Mid-Con) came back in the bottom of the first inning when the Crusaders loaded the bases on two hits and a walk off Centenary starter Cathy Byrne (7-9). The inning was seemingly over when Monica Rowan hit a fly ball to left field, but Koehn dropped the fly ball and all three Crusader runners scored.

Hall tied the game in the top of the third inning with a triple that scored Lansdale and Kelley. In the bottom of the inning, Bridget Schwoegler hit a single to drive in Karen Constien and give the Crusaders a lead they would not relinquish. Another Centenary error set up two more runs by the Crusaders in the fourth inning, and two errors by the Ladies in the sixth inning helped break the game open.

Lansdale went 2-for-3 in the first game of the doubleheader with three runs scored, while Kelley was walked three times, twice intentionally. Beth Adamski hit 3-for-4 in game one with a run scored, while Rowan drove in three runs during the Valparaiso victory.

By virtue of its win in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, Centenary clinched the second seed in the Mid-Con Softball Tournament in two weeks. The Ladies also guaranteed their first winning season since 1991. Centenary will not play again until the postseason tournament in Macomb, Ill.