Softball Captures a Pair from Valparaiso
Friday, March 25, 2005

SHREVEPORT- The Centenary softball team jumped started conference action at the Centenary Softball Complex on Friday by sweeping Valparaiso in a pair of close contests. The Ladies nabbed the first game by a score of 9-7 and took the second contest 4-2. The victories push the Ladies overall record to 12-14 and 2-0 in Mid-Continent Conference play.

Right-handed pitcher Jessica Ivins went the distance in both games, earning her eighth and ninth victory of the season. She pitched five innings in the first game allowing two runs, one earned, while walking just one and striking out five. In the nightcap the freshman fanned seven while allowing seven hits and no earned runs.

In the first game, the Crusaders (0-15, 0-2) took advantage of a Centenary error to get on the scoreboard during their first at-bat.

Centenary fought back rallying with two outs by successfully getting six consecutive batters on base, including five hits and one walk. After the first inning of play, the Ladies led 4-1.

The Maroon and White continued to plate runners, including three in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Janis Kelly relived Ivins in the sixth as the Crusaders came alive knocking out five hits to score five runs, cutting the deficit to just two.

Ivins reentered in the sixth and finished the game striking out a swinging Stacey Adamski and moments later caught Maggie Seidel off the bag for the final out of the contest.

The nightcap also started with Valpo knocking in one run in the first.

Centenary responded in the bottom of the second with Lindsey Jones’ powerful double down the left field line which drove home Jennifer Mango.

The Crusaders chipped in a run in the fourth, but the Ladies kept the lead for the win with one run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth, courtsey of Lauren Flowers’ RBI single and Megan Hall’s third homerun of the year.

Centenary and Valpariso face off  again on Saturday with the first game of the doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.