Ladies Drop Doubleheader to Arkansas
Wednesday, March 23, 2005

SHREVEPORT- Centenary softball’s home winning streak ended at four as they fell in doubleheader action to Arkansas on Wednesday night at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Lady Razorbacks used timely hitting and a cluster of homeruns to slide past the Ladies 3-1 in the first game and earned the sweep with a 6-5 win in nightcap.

Jessica Ivins (7-6) took both losses for Centenary pitching seven innings in the first contest, giving up just six hits and two earned runs, while striking out eight. The freshman relieved Janis Kelley in the sixth of the nightcap, fanning two batters in 1.2 innings.

The Ladies (10-14) trailed 2-0 early after Rachel LeMaster homered inside the park and Kallie Foglesong’s RBI single down the leftfield line.

Centenary had a shot in the fifth when Megan Hall singled up the middle advancing Jennifer Mango to second and scoring Lauren Flowers. The Ladies offensive charge was short-lived as Zenobia Davison’s four-bagger added the insurance run for the win.

The Ladies restructured their infield for the second game as they began to showcase their power at the plate. Leading off for Centenary, Flowers got the Ladies started belting her fourth homerun of the season in the bottom of the first.

A successful double steal attempt by Amy Wiedeman and Dana Davis put up another run in the second, giving the Ladies the 2-0 advantage.

The Lady Razorbacks retaliated with Dayna Huckabee’s solo homerun in the top of the fourth. Centenary replaced starter Kristan Morton (3-6) with Kelley (0-2) after the roundtripper as she retired three consecutive batters ending Arkansas’ offensive push.

The Ladies were unable to push a run across the plate as Arkansas went ahead in the fifth scoring three runs off of a pair of Centenary defensive miscues.

In the bottom of the fifth with one out, Centenary unloaded three runs trying to put the game out of reach. Micah Rhodes drove a hard ball up the middle, scoring a sprinting Mango and Katie Harwick to knot the score. Kelley followed powering a ball off the center wall, scoring pinch runner Brittany Broussard to take the lead back 5-4.

Arkansas tied the game in their next at-bat when Heather Rankin touched home plate on a wild pitch. The Lady Razorbacks tacked on another run in the top of the seventh when Huckabee hit her second dinger of the night to provide the final margin.

Centenary begins conference play this weekend hosting Valparaiso at the Centenary Softball Complex. The first game will begin on Friday at 4 p.m. and the second game is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m.