Ladies to Face Penn State in NCAA Regional
Thursday, May 19, 2005

COLLEGE STATION, Tex.—The Centenary Ladies softball team made the trip to College Station, Tex., and Texas A&M University for their second NCAA Tournament experience on Wednesday. On Friday, the Ladies will play Penn State at 1 pm in the opening round with aspirations of winning the program’s first NCAA postseason game.


Centenary (31-26) will play its third game this season against a Big Ten opponent when it faces Penn State (34-21) on Friday. The Ladies battled #22 Illinois in two games at the Baylor Tournament to open the year, but lost 4-2 and 8-3 in those contests.


If the Ladies win, they will play the winner of the Texas A&M (44-8) and McNeese State (33-33) match-up at 12 pm on Saturday. Should Centenary lose their opener to the Nittany Lions, the Ladies would take on the loser between the Aggies and Cowgirls at 2:30 pm. (See bracket below)


The Ladies have never faced Penn State, but have met both Texas A&M and McNeese State on the diamond. Centenary is 0-9 against the Aggies and 19-26 against the Cowgirls. The Ladies swept McNeese State in both meetings last season by scores of 8-4 and 4-1.


Freshman Jennifer Mango leads the Ladies offensively with a .340 batting average to go with four homeruns and 28 RBI. Sophomore Micah Rhodes is hitting .312 with a team-leading seven dingers and 34 RBI while freshman Jennifer Flowers has posted a .304 average with five homers.


The arm of freshman Jessica Ivins has carried Centenary throughout the season as she has notched a Mid-Con best 19 victories. She has also struck out 205 batters in 205.2 innings of work while posting an ERA of 2.69. Fellow freshman Kristan Morton (9-9, 4.34 ERA) and senior reliever Janis Kelley (3-4, five saves) have also performed well when seeing time in the circle.


Ashley Esparza sports a .401 batting average for Penn State while Jen Acunto is hitting .357 with nine homers and 33 RBI. Jen Williams is the only base-stealing threat for the Nittany Lions as she has been successful on 17 of her 21 attempts. The strength of the Penn State team lies within its pitching staff as all three hurlers have an ERA under 2.00. Missy Beseres leads the way with 15 wins and a 1.47 ERA.


Follow the action all weekend long through the Texas A&M website located at:



Complete Regional Bracket


Game 1 1:00 - Penn State vs. Centenary
Game 2 4:00 - Texas A&M vs. McNeese St.

Game 3 12:00 - winner game 1 vs. winner game 2
Game 4 2:30 - loser game 1 vs. loser game 2
Game 5 5:30 - loser game 3 vs. winner game 4

Game 6 1:00 - winner game 3 vs. winner game 5
Game 7 3:00 - rematch game 6 (if necessary)