Ladies Fall to #17 Baylor and ULM in Second Day of Tournament
Saturday, February 5, 2005



WACO, Tex.- The Centenary Ladies dropped a doubleheader during their second day of softball action at the Getterman Classic on Saturday. Taking on host school Baylor, the Ladies had trouble pushing runs across the plate going down 8-0 to the Bears. Later in the afternoon, Centenary went toe-to toe- with Louisiana-Monroe, falling 12-10.

 

The Bears took advantage of a trio of defensive miscues, leading to their eight-run cushion in the top of the fifth. Centenary had runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth inning, but were unable to materialize as Baylor’s relief pitcher Sarah Hauser, retired the final Centenary batter to hand Baylor the 8-0 run-rule victory.

 

Tessa Lynam earned the shutout victory for the Bears after allowing one hit in three innings as Kristan Morton pitched 2.1 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits, taking the loss for Centenary.

 

Battling ULM in their second contest of the day, the Ladies took an early advantage, capitalizing on double steal attempts to create a three-run lead in the bottom of the first.

 

The Lady Indians got on the board in the top of the third off a Centenary throwing error, which led to a RBI double, pushing the score to 3-1. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, the Ladies were unable to answer back with Brittney Brossard flying out to left field.

 

Jessica Ivins relieved Morton in the top of the fourth, as ULM loaded the bases on two wild pitches and a single to left, scoring four runs to take the lead 5-3.

 

With two runners on and one out, Micah Rhodes’ sacrifice fly to centerfield, scored Lindsey Virdell adding a run for the Ladies. Kelley grounded out to short to finish the inning, trailing 5-4.

 

ULM began the fifth inning with a solo home run to centerfield and was able to advance runners off a fielding error, tallying another four runs to cap off the top of the fifth 9-4.

 

The Ladies offense answered back with six runs off of six hits, to take back the lead. Jennifer Mango started the Ladies offensive burst with an infield single and later advanced to second when Jennifer Martin walked. Katie Harwick’s infield single loaded the bases as Virdell’s sacrifice fly scored Mango.  With two outs, Centenary continued to hit the ball with Jennifer Flowers and Janis Kelley hitting deep two-run doubles, ending the inning ahead of ULM 10-9.

 

Kelley replaced Ivins on the mound, but was unable to hold off ULM’s offense as the Lady Indians racked up three runs, slamming the door with a final score of 12-10.

 

Senior Harwick posted three of Centenary’s 15 hits, as she finished 3-for-3.

 

Centenary (0-4) will try to avenge their losses tomorrow when they take on Illinois at 11:00 a.m. and Baylor at 3:00 p.m. in their final doubleheader of the Getterman Classic.