Centenary Ladies Drop Games in First Jaunt of the Season
Friday, February 4, 2005

WACO, Tex.- Opening up the first game of the Getterman Classic hosted by Baylor University, the Ladies faced  #22 Illinois on Friday at the Getterman Stadium.  The Fighting Illini’s offensive speed proved to be too much for the Ladies as they fell, 4-2. Regrouping from the early morning loss, the Ladies took an early lead against Louisiana-Monroe, courtesy of Dana Davis' solo homerun in the top of the third. An unfortunate error late in the game allowed ULM to score as the Ladies dropped the game 2-1.


The Fighting Illini jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, capitalizing on a fielding error and a two-run double to left field. Centenary had a difficult time at the plate, until the Ladies broke through in the top of the sixth.


Jennifer Martin led off the inning with an infield single and would later advance to second off of Megan Hall’s single to center field.  With runners on first and second, Micah Rhodes reached base on a fielding error, which allowed Martin to score and moved Hall into scoring position.


Freshman Amy Wiedeman came in to pinch run for Rhodes, attempting to execute a double steal in hopes of scoring Hall from third. However Hall was tagged out on the play, but Wiedeman advanced safely to third on the play. After Janis Kelly walked, Wiedeman stole home, this time on a successful double steal attempt, pushing across Centenary’s second run of the morning. Dana Davis struck out swinging to end the inning.


Illinois shut down Centenary in the top of the seventh to seal the 4-2 victory.


Rookie Jessica Ivins pitched all six innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits. She also walked four batters and struckout five.


In their second contest of the day against ULM, the Ladies bobbled a ball in the infield, which allowed the Lady Indians to score two runs, taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Centenary was unable to answer in their final at bat, dropping the night-cap 2-1.


The Ladies led for most of the afternoon after taking the lead early on a dinger by Davis in the top of third.


Despite the loss, freshman Kristan Morton had an impressive showing, going six innings while allowing two runs on one hit and striking out seven.


The Ladies (0-2) will return to Getterman Stadium on Saturday morning for a 10:00 a.m. contest with #17 Baylor and will take on Louisiana-Monroe again at 4:45 p.m.