Centenary Softball Splits Final Twinbill at Fastpitch Classic
Saturday, February 12, 2005



SAN ANTONIO, Tex.– Playing through the drizzling rain, The Ladies finished their final day of play at the Fastpitch Express College Classic on Saturday at the UTSA Softball Complex. Centenary amassed 12 hits in the first contest of the day, drubbing Texas-El Paso 11-6 in extra innings.  As daylight began to break through the clouds in the nightcap, the Ladies had difficulty hitting against A&M-Corpus Christi’s All-American pitcher, falling 2-1.

 

The Ladies came out of the chute hard, knocking in two-runs in the first rotation, highlighted by Megan Hall’s two-bag RBI. Centenary notched in another run in the third off Jennifer Mango’s RBI double to leftfield, building their lead over the Miners.

 

Feeling the pressure of being down by three, UTEP’s Simone Holland blazed a long 3-run shot over the fence, knotting the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. With two runners on, centerfielder Natalie Schoppe got the Ladies out of a jam, catching a high fly ball, ending the threat and pushing the contest into extra innings.

 

With the tie-breaking rule in effect, Hall took second as Micah Rhodes jump-started the top of the eighth.  Eight Centenary batters reached bases as the Ladies hammered in eight runs off of seven hits, highlighted by Lauren Flowers’ two-run round-tripper and a successful home plate steal by Lindsey Virdell.

 

With the score 11-3, the Miners were able to plate three before Brittany Brousard nabbed a fly ball, ending the game.

 

Jessica Ivins (2-2) earned her second complete game win of the season.  The right-handed rookie struck out a season-high nine, allowing eight hits and four walks during her eight innings of work.

 

The Ladies were able to post just one run during their second game of the day against the Islanders.

 

The Ladies did not reach base until Flowers singled on a bunt in the third. The rookie second baseman continued to pace the Ladies offensively, breaking up All-American Sarah Pauly’s scoreless 40.1 inning streak with a solo shot over the center field wall in the sixth, putting the Ladies within one.

 

Pauly (6-0) answered back retiring the next two Centenary batters, ending the inning.

 

Pauly earned the win, striking out 15, allowing two only hits and one earned run over seven innings.

 

Freshman Kristan Morton (1-5) took the loss, scattering five hits over four innings.

 

Centenary returns to action February 16th, traveling to take on in-state foe Grambling. The game will begin at 2:00 p.m.