Softball Ladies Spilt Doubleheader in Day One of Fastpitch Tournament
Friday, February 11, 2005

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. – Centenary’s softball team spilt a doubleheader on Friday competing in the Fastpitch Express College Classic, hosted by the University of Texas-San Antonio. The Ladies picked up their first shut-out of the season over North Texas, 3-0, courtesy of a seventh inning scoring rally, but ran out of steam falling, 12-1 to UTSA, ending the first day of tournament play.


Centenary faced off with North Texas in the first game of the three-day tournament. After six innings of scoreless play, Centenary’s bat exploded in the top of the seventh, putting the Ladies comfortably ahead of the Mean Green.


Senior Janis Kelly reached on an infield error, scoring pinch runner Jennifer Martin for the first run of the morning.  The offensive attack continued as Lindsey Virdell connected, reaching second on yet another North Texas error, pushing pinch runner Kristan Mortan into scoring position.  With one out, Dana Davis blasted a shot to left field driving both teammates past the plate, putting the Ladies up 3-0. 


The Ladies defense held the Mean Green in their final at-bat, posting their first shutout of the season.


Rookie pitcher Jessica Ivins (1-2) pocketed her first collegiate victory, scattering three hits over seven innings, striking out three and walking two.


Battling UTSA (2-5) in the afternoon, the Ladies fell behind early with Roadrunner’s Jennifer Davis knocking a two-run homer in the bottom of the first followed by a three-run shot over the center field fence by teammate Amiee Murray in the bottom of the second.


The Ladies answered back with Micah Rhodes’ first solo homerun of the season in the top of the fifth, but UTSA’s pitcher Amanda Nikolenko halted the offensive burst, retiring Centenary’s final batter of the inning.


With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, Jessica Rodgers juiced UTSA’s fourth homerun of the game sealing the win.


UTSA’s pitcher Amanda Nikolenko had a strong performance, fanning 10 Centenary batters and allowed one run off of two hits.


Morton (1-4) had a rough start surrendering seven runs on five hits taking the loss as her counterpart Ivins finished the final 2.2 innings, striking out three.


Centenary (2-7) will play a back-to back doubleheader tomorrow taking on Texas-El Paso (0-8) at 11:15 a.m. and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 1:30 p.m.