Northwestern Swipes Two by 3-2 Score in Close Rematch with Ladies
Wednesday, April 27, 2005

SHREVEPORT- The Centenary softball team closed out their non-conference slate, coming close to avenging an earlier season loss to Northwestern State on Wednesday night at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Lady Demons picked up both games of the twinbill with the help of releif pitching in the first 3-2 victory while a damaging Centenary error late in the second contest allowed the game winning run for the second 3-2 win.

The Lady Demons’ school-record topping play posed a threat to the Ladies as they started scoring early with Margaret Patterson’s RBI single through the left side. The Ladies answered that run in the bottom of the second when Megan Hall maneuvered her way out of a pickle along the third base line, knotting the score at one a piece.

Northwestern (35-26, 15-12 SLC) retook the lead in the top of the third as Amanda Glenn doubled to right and later scored on a powerful shot through the right side by Lyndsey Gorski. Amanda Perdue added another run in the top of the seventh as she clubbed her first homer of the year off relief pitcher Janis Kelley. Kelley halted the Lady Demons’ drive striking out a looking Patterson to take it to the bottom of the seventh.

Not to be outdone, Ladies pinch hitter Jennifer Mango mirrored Perdue’s solid shot over the left field fence posting her second homerun of the season to bring the Ladies within one. With two outs, Amanda Glenn came in for the Lady Demons walking Lory Kowaleski and pinch hitter Natalie Schoppe. With the winning run on base, Glenn came through striking out a looking Lauren Flowers for her eighth save of the year.

Loni Rasberry got the win (17-9) while Jessica Ivins took the loss (16-9).

The second game was equally thrilling as Northwestern notched two runs in the top of the first stanza. The Ladies tied the game with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth as Rhodes doubled, pushing in Mango and Flowers.

Northwestern’s Kelley Corliss broke the tie laying down a perfect bunt as Kristan Morton sprinted to pick up the ball throwing it over the head of the covering second baseman allowing Glenn to round third and touch the plate, scoring the game-winning run.

In the Ladies final a-bat, Hall drew a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from pitcher Kristan Morton. Glenn ended the game in dramatic fashion striking out a looking Schoppe for her 11th win of the season.

Morton (9-7) continued to impress on the mound despite the loss. The freshman righty gave up two earned runs on just three hits and struck out seven Northwestern batters.

This weekend, Centenary (26-20, 9-3) will play its highly anticipated final home games with conference-opponent Southern Utah. The four-game series will begin on Friday at 4:00 p.m. with the second day of twinbill action starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday afternoon.