Ivins Winning Hand Shuts Down SFA, 2-0
Thursday, March 10, 2005

NACOGDOCHES, Tex.- The Ladies remained focused despite an hour and half delay in softball action, blanking Stephen F. Austin 2-0 on Wednesday night at the Coy Simms Softball Complex. In the circle, Jessica Ivins continued to blossom, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth to register Centenary’s third shutout of the year.

Centenary took an early lead in the first with Micah Rhodes doubling to right center to score a speedy Katie Harwick from second. The score would remain tight until the Ladies' final at-bat.

Ivins’ continued pitching a no-hitter into the bottom of the fourth when Kristina Swart reached on a Centenary defensive miscue. The freshman right-hander kept her cool demeanor striking out the next two-batters as Amy Wiedeman snatched a pop up, ending the first threat on the contest.

The Ladyjacks had another chance in the fifth when Carrie Woydziak singled, ending the hitless game. She later advanced to third only to be stranded when Ivins struck out a swinging Julie Morse.

The Ladies were unable to reach in the top of the sixth, but remained strong in the field forbidding SFA (5-11) to equalize the nightcap. Swart singled and advanced to second on a throwing error as Dahlquist’s sacrifice bunt advanced her into scoring position. Once again Ivins stayed solid down the stretch, retiring the final two batters.

Up by one and in their final at-bat, Lindsey Jones continued to mash the ball. The sophomore second baseman exhibited her powerful swing doubling to right field, plating Lory Kowaleski to add an insurance run, making the final margin 2-0.

Jones paced the Ladies’ offense going 3-for-2 while Harwick and Kowlaski chipped in stolen bases to boost the Ladies' team stolen bases to 50 on the season.

With the win, Ivins (6-2) picked up her second shutout of the season. The newcomer tossed a complete seven innings allowing just one walk and seven strikeouts.

Centenary (9-9) will travel to Lafayette, La., on Saturday, taking on the 2004 Sun Belt Champions Louisiana-Lafayette. The Rajun’ Cajuns eliminated top-ranked Arizona in the 2004 NCAA regionals last year, ending the Wildcats 16th straight World Series appearances. The Cajuns are currently ranked 7th in the nation. The doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m.