Ladies Softball Shutout Texas Southern in Doubleheader
Wednesday, March 30, 2005

SHREVEPORT- The Centenary Ladies softball team continued their winning ways by snatching a pair of shutout victories over Texas Southern in doubleheader action on Wednesday afternoon at the Centenary Softball Complex. In the first contest, pitcher Jessica Ivins locked up her third shutout of the season by defeating the Tigers 5-0. Micah Rhodes broke the second game open with a two-run homer as the Ladies finished for the fourth straight game out-hitting their opponent, 8-2 for the 8-0 win.

Coming off her third Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week award, Ivins continued to impress fanning a season-high 11 batters in the first game. The consistent right-hander went seven innings giving up two hits and just one walk. The fifth and seventh innings were the only times that she had a runner in scoring position.

The first game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Lauren Flowers powered through to first after colliding with the first baseman, bringing home Katie Harwick. Lory Kowaleski and Lindsay Jones also came home on the play giving the Ladies a 4-0 lead.

The Ladies scored again in the sixth as Jones singled and later advanced to second on an error while plating pinch runner Kristan Morton. The sophomore was 3-for-2 in the game with one RBI. Her .351 battling average for the season is tops on the team.

The bats were at it again in game two as Centenary took a quick lead in the bottom of the first. Jennifer Mango led off the Ladies first rotation with a shot to left field and later reached home when Rhodes grounded out to the second baseman.

Centenary would score two runs in the third inning courtesy of Rhodes’ third homerun of the season, taking the lead for good. They would add five more in the fifth inning, instating the 8-run rule for the win.

Morton was also solid in the circle during game two, allowing two hits while striking out four in five innings.

The Ladies take on Louisiana-Monroe (10-30) on Thursday at the Centenary Softball Complex. The first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.