Centenary Gets Swept in Final Day of Getterman Classic
Sunday, February 6, 2005



WACO, Tex.- The Centenary Ladies were unable to grasp a win in the final day of competition at the Getterman Classic on Sunday. In the opener, an offensive run by #22 Illinois in the top of the fifth, allowed the Fighting Illini to slide past the Ladies 8-3.  During the nightcap, the Ladies were unable to overcome #17 Baylor’s powerful pitching trio, posting a 3-1 loss in their final contest of the tournament.

 

In the first contest, both teams got on the scoreboard quickly, knocking in a series of hits during the first inning of play. After the first rotation, the Fighting Illini were up 4-2.  Both teams were unable to put points on the board until Illinois notched in another run in the top of the fourth.

 

With the score 5-2, the Fighting Illini’s Julie Balicki hit a double into the centerfield gap and later advanced to third on a wild pitch by Kristan Morton. Four back-to-back singles, which brought in two runners, sent Centenary’s closer Janis Kelley into the pitching circle. Illinois was able to sneak in one more run before Kelley closed out the top of the fifth.

 

With Centenary behind 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth, senior Katie Harwick came up with one runner on and singled to third, advancing Lauren Flowers into scoring position. With one out, Harwick stole second, as Megan Hall hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, bringing in Flowers from third.  Unfortunately, the ladies offensive rally was cut short as Micah Rhodes popped one up to centerfield, ending the game 8-3.

 

Morton went 4.1 innings, allowing eight runs off of 12 hits and struck out one to push her record to 0-3.

 

The Ladies played well in the second game of the day, battling nationally ranked Baylor.

 

The Bear’s pitching staff kept Centenary guessing, allowing only two hits, walking four, and striking out six as the Bear’s slipped past the Ladies with a final score of 3-1.

 

Rookie pitcher Jessica Ivins pitched well in the loss, going six innings while allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out three.

 

Centenary (0-6) will open up home season action at the Centenary Softball Complex on Tuesday as the Ladies welcome Southern Arkansas. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m.