Ivins Pitches Ladies to 4-0 First Round Win Over WIU
Saturday, May 14, 2005



INDEPENDENCE, Mo.—Centenary freshman pitcher Jessica Ivins shut down the Western Illinois offense to give the Ladies a 4-0 victory in the opening round of the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference Softball Tournament. Sophomore Lindsey Jones provided a clutch hit to propel the Ladies into the second round where they will face the top-seeded Southern Utah Thunderbirds tonight at approximately 6 pm.

 

Ivins (18-12) came out of the gate strong by recording six of the first eight outs via the strikeout. Overall, the Centenary (29-26) ace fanned 10 Westerwinds on the day while allowing only five hits in the shutout effort.

 

Western Illinois (23-28) pitcher and Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year, Karen Marie Pena (16-15), matched Ivins in the early going before running into trouble in the sixth inning. Senior Katie Harwick reached first with a one out single and promptly stole second. After Megan Hall flew out to center field, Micah Rhodes singled home Harwick to put Centenary on the board. A walk followed by an error on the WIU third baseman kept the inning alive for Lindsey Jones. Jones responded with a bases-clearing double to blow the game open and give the Ladies the lead for good.

 

Ivins would make the four-run cushion stand as she retired six of the next seven hitters to close out the win.

 

Harwick completed the game with two stolen bases to push her team-leading total to 18 on the season. Rhodes and Jones each went 1-for-3 from the plate as no Centenary player recorded multiple hits in the contest. Dana Davis, Janis Kelley, and Harwick each tallied a hit as the Ladies managed only five in the tournament opener.