Softball Ends Series 1-3 with Southern Utah at Home Finale
Saturday, April 30, 2005



SHREVEPORT – Senior Janis Kelley hit her fifth homerun of the season, while sophomores Megan Hall and Dana Davis both hit their fourth dingers on the year as Centenary's softball team earned a split in the second day of conference play with Southern Utah. Battling through the rain in first game, the Ladies shutout the Thunderbirds 3-0, but dropped the second contest 5-2.

Faced with two outs, Davis broke the first game open in the bottom of the fourth with a high drive into the trees behind the leftfield wall that plated Lory Kowaleski and pinch runner Bre Fletcher.

That was all the Ladies needed as Kelley allowed only one hit during the remainder of the game. The Keithville, La. native was superb on the mound going all seven innings allowing just three hits, while striking out six batters.

Between games seniors Katie Harwick, Kelley, Kowaleski, student-assistant coach Craig Snider, and graduating junior Natalie Schoppe were all honored for their significant contributions to the Centenary program over the years.

In the second game, after the Thunderbirds (18-23-1,14-6) took a 4-0 lead, the Ladies cut into the deficit when Hall blasted SUU’s Amy Sauer’s first pitch of the sixth over the left field fence only to be followed with Kelley’s homer one play later.

SUU notched another insurance run in the sixth to take the 5-2 victory.

The Ladies (27-22, 10-6) will travel to Rochester, MI to battle conference-foe Oakland in a four game series,wrapping up regular season play. The first day of competition is slated for Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.