Ladies Softball Splits a Pair with Oakland
Friday, May 6, 2005

ROCHESTER, Mich.- The Ladies came from behind to split a conference doubleheader with Oakland at the OU Softball Complex on Friday afternoon. The Ladies rallied from five runs down to take the first contest 7-5, before falling 10-6 in the nightcap.

After allowing five runs on six hits in the first two innings, Centenary’s Jessica Ivins settled down and did not allow another base hit for the remainder of the first game. The righty struck out five improving her record to 17-10.

Trailing 5-0 in the second, the Ladies sent nine hitters to the plate to score six runs. The one-out rally began with back-to-back singles by Micah Rhodes, Jennifer Mango, and Lindsay Jones. Senior Lory Kowaleski then drove in a pair of runs with a bases loaded double to right field followed by Natalie Schoppe’s RBI single which plated Jones. Dana Davis reached on a fielder’s choice which gave the Ladies their first lead of the day as Schoppe scored and Kowaleski touched home on an error by the catcher. Lauren Flowers also posted her 14th double of the season during the inning.

Another run in the top of the seventh off of Rhodes’ 30th RBI of the year insured the win.

In the nightcap, both teams came out strong in the first stanza. The Ladies knocked in two runs, courtesy of Flowers running home on a wild pitch and Rhodes’ RBI-double to center field.

Oakland took back the lead knocking in four runners in the bottom of the first.

With Kowlaeski stealing home and freshman Brittany Broussard busting a RBI single to right field, the Ladies tied the game in the second, 4-4.

Centenary tacked on another run in the fifth when Rhodes blasted her second double of the game and later touched home on a wild pitch. The sophomore right fielder has 12 doubles on the season.

The Golden Grizzlies (8-39, 2-13) answered knocking in fours runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth for the victory.

Ivins (17-11) took the loss, after coming in for Kristan Morton in the bottom of the first, allowing four runs off six hits while striking out one. Morton came back in the fifth and was relived by Davis, who saw her first 2005 action on the mound, in the sixth.

The Ladies (28-24, 11-7) look to hit the 30-win mark for the second consecutive season by finishing the conference series with Oakland on Saturday. The first game of the twinbill will start at noon.