Centenary Splits in First Day of Red Raider Softball Tournament
Friday, March 4, 2005

LUBBOCK, Tex. – The Ladies softball team spilt the first day of play at the Mutual of Omaha Red Raider Classic on Friday at Texas Tech’s Rocky Johnson Field. The Ladies used a strong performance in the circle by rookie Jessica Ivins to notch the 4-3 victory over New Mexico, but were unable to avenge an earlier season loss to A&M Corpus Christi, dropping the second game of the day 7-2.

Katie Harwick’s gutsy base running carried Centenary’s offense during the first day of competition. The senior outfielder collected two hits in five at bats with a pair of RBI and two stolen bases.

 In the opening contest, New Mexico came out swinging. The Lobos were able to push one run across the plate in their first rotation before Ivins stuck out a swinging Becky Dover, ending New Mexico’s offensive surge.

The Centenary bats also came through in the first, starting with lead off hitter Lauren Flowers' triple to left field. Harwick followed with a powerful shot to center field, scoring Flowers and later advanced to second on Jennifer Mango’s sacrifice bunt. The senior outfielder continued on the base paths, making her way to third on a wild pitch and stole home a play later, notching her tenth stolen base of the season. The Ladies ended the first inning of play up 2-1.

Centenary would take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Harwick reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on the throw, scoring Flowers and Jennifer Martin.

The Lobos cut the lead to one, scoring on an infield single and Ashley Allen’s solo homerun, but that was all New Mexico could muster as Ivins pitched a perfect seventh to end the game.

The right-handed pitcher from Houston (4-2) allowed three runs off six hits and struck out six in the complete game win.

In game two the Ladies scored a run in the first on Mango’s RBI single through the left side. The Islanders were able to answer that run when they loaded the bases off an infield error, scoring on a fielder’s choice in the second.

The Islanders (16-1) continued to knock in runs in the bottom of the third, taking a two-run lead.

The Ladies had a chance to come back in the top of the fourth starting with Megan Hall’s line drive down the left field line who later advanced to second when Dana Davis was walked. Pinch running for Hall, freshman Amy Wiedeman delivered by stealing third and scoring on an error to cut the deficit to a single run.

That would be as close as it would get as Corpus Christi’ s All-American Sarah Pauly came in to pitch. Pauly struck out eight of Centenary’s batters to improve her record to 13-1, while boosting her total strike out count to 150 on the season.

The Islanders were able to post runs in the fifth and sixth ending Centenary’s four-game winning streak.

Janis Kelley took the loss for Centenary tossing a nine-hit game in five innings for three earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts.

The Ladies (7-9) take the field tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m. battling host school Texas Tech (6-6) followed by their final contest of the tournament against California Riverside (3-12) at 7:00 p.m.