Ladies Eliminated From NCAA Softball Tournament
Friday, May 21, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. – By committing three errors in the fourth inning, the Centenary Ladies allowed South Carolina to score six runs as the Gamecocks won Friday morning’s game, 8-3, eliminating the Ladies from the 2004 NCAA Softball Tournament.

The top of the fourth inning was one of the ugliest of the season for Centenary defensively, as the errors led to five unearned runs for the Gamecocks. Pitcher Cheyenne Daries (25-16) was not on her game, hitting a batter, committing an error on a sacrifice bunt, and giving up several RBI hits.

The Ladies were victimized by the home run ball for the second consecutive game, as McKenna Hughes hit a home run to right field in the top of the first inning to put South Carolina (28-23) in the lead. Centenary tied the game in the bottom of the third inning, as Jordan Lansdale scored while Lauren Koehn forced a rundown as the two players attempted a double steal.

Centenary threatened to close the gap in the fifth inning, loading the bases with one out on singles by Traci Smith, Lindsey Jones, and Lansdale. Koehn drove in Smith on a ground out to second base, but Gamecock starter Melanie Henkes (9-7) struck out Janis Kelley to end the threat.

Each team scored one run in the seventh inning, but the Ladies did not go down without a fight. Lansdale reached on an error and Koehn singled to left field, putting runners at first and third base with two outs. Another strikeout by Henkes stranded the runners and ended Centenary’s postseason run.

Lansdale and Smith, two of Centenary’s eight seniors, ended their playing careers with two-hit games. Daries gave up two earned runs and eight hits, walking one and striking out five Gamecocks.

The Ladies finish the 2004 season with a 36-28 overall record, the program’s best season since 1991. The team earned a lot of respect from the Arizona fans after taking the top-ranked Wildcats to the seventh inning before losing, 2-1, Thursday evening.