Saturday, May 15, 2004

MACOMB, Ill. – With another dominating performance by Cheyenne Daries and manufactured runs throughout the game, the Centenary Ladies softball team completed a perfect weekend with a 4-0 victory over the Valparaiso Crusaders, winning the Mid-Con Softball Tournament.

Centenary was placed in NCAA Region 1 of the tournament, to be held at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. The Ladies will face the University of Arizona Wildcats, the top-ranked team in the country, on Thursday, May 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. Shreveport time). Oklahoma, Northwestern, South Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, UC-Santa Barbara, and Temple are also competing in the Tucson regional.

Daries continued to not give anything to the Crusaders, giving up only two hits while striking out eight batters. With the two shutouts on Saturday as well as her winning pitching performance on Friday against Western Illinois, she was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Centenary started the scoring in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Jordan Lansdale reached on a fielding error. After advancing to second base, she scored on a bloop single to left field by Megan Hall.

The Ladies added another run in the third inning when Janis Kelley hit an opposite-field double scoring Lansdale from first, who reached base with a single. In the fifth inning, Katie Harwick led off with a single to left field, advanced to second base on a sacrifice, stole third, and scored on a passed ball to give the Ladies a 3-0 lead. An RBI single by Sherilyn Bossier completed the scoring for Centenary.

Daries, Lansdale, Lory Kowaleski, Lauren Brownlee, and Lauren Koehn were named to the All-Tournament Team.