Ladies Eliminated from NCAA Tournament with 5-2 Loss to McNeese
Saturday, May 21, 2005

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Centenary softball team was eliminated from the College Station Regional of the NCAA Softball Tournament with a 5-2 loss to McNeese State. The Ladies surrendered three early runs before mounting a comeback but fell just short in a seventh inning rally.

The Cowgirls (34-34) started the game off with a bang as leadoff hitter Jessica Denham took a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for a solo home run. McNeese added another pair of runs on a two-out, bases loaded bloop single into left field in the third.

Centenary (31-28) put their first run on the board a half inning later as freshman Lindsey Jones scored on a single by Dana Davis. Jones initally reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and advanced to third a batter later on a passed ball.

After shutting the Cowgirls down in the fourth, sophomore Micah Rhodes led off the Ladies portion of the inning with a towering 240 foot home run over the centerfield wall. The solo shot put Centenary within striking distance down 3-2.

The Ladies had a chance to tie the game in the fifth as Jennifer Mango reached on a two-out error by the McNeese second baseman with senior Katie Harwick on board. With the ball past the plate, Harwick made an aggressive turn around third to get caught in a 2-6-1-5 rundown.

McNeese looked to put the game away in the top of the seventh, plating two runs to post a 5-2 lead. With the bases loaded and two outs, Tonya Edlund flied out to shallow center to a waiting Lauren Flowers. Flowers caught the ball and appeared to gun down Shayla Cormier at the plate, but the official ruled her safe for the first of two runs. The Cowgirls scored on an RBI single the next batter up.

Not giving up, the Ladies put runners on first and second with singles by Davis and Harwick, putting the Ladies most consistent hitter, Mango, at the plate with two down. After working into a full count, Mango struck out swinging to end the 2005 Ladies Softball season.

After the game, Head Coach Mark Montgomery couldn’t help but look forward to the future of the program which returns seven starters and won’t have a senior on the roster in 2006.

"The key to this year’s team was getting here because of the youth," Montgomery said, "but getting experience in the Regionals will bode well for future wins in postseason play."

"Every year we take a step up the ladder," Montgomery continued, "and there’s no reason next year we can’t climb another rung."