Ladies Spilt as Southeastern Louisiana Snips Softball's Winning Streak
Tuesday, April 5, 2005

SHREVEPORT- The Ladies softball team came close to tying the program’s record for consecutive wins during Tuesday afternoon’s windy doubleheader against Southeastern Louisiana at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Lady Lions’ aggressiveness at the plate helped earn the 10-3 victory in the first game while Centenary won the second game 4-2 after taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Janis Kelley pushed her hitting streak to seven consectutive games going 2-for-4 while Micah Rhodes went 3-for-4 in the second game including a game winning RBI.

In the first contest, Southeastern Louisiana (14-19, 7-8) had a 4-0 lead after the first three innings of play.

With two outs and a full count, Lory Kowaleski smacked a single to dead center scoring Dana Davis and pinch runner Amy Wiedeman to put the Ladies on the board in the bottom of the fourth.

The Lady Lions answered the Ladies’ runs with three of their own in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one more in the top of the seventh.

The Ladies had a chance to rally in the bottom of the seventh as they pushed one across the plate, but it wasn’t enough as Lady Lions’ defense stepped up to take the win.

Jessica Ivins collected her seventh loss of the season, fanning six in seven innings.

In the nightcap, Southeastern Louisiana took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second after Jenaye Zeringue singled through the left side, scoring Lisa Chapman.

The Ladies pulled ahead in the bottom of the third as Centenary had five consecutive batters reach base. Jennifer Mango’s RBI single pushed Kelley and Rhodes past home, creating the 2-1 advantage.

The Lady Lions knotted the game in the top of the six only to be answered with Rhodes’ RBI double and Mangos’ RBI single up the middle.

One out away from the win, Kelley came in to close striking out a looking Katie Smergalski to earn her second save of the season.

Kristan Morton (6-6) came through for the Ladies on the mound to pick up the win. The rookie struck out three while posting two earned runs off eight hits.

Centenary (18-15, 4-0) returns to conference action this weekend, when they travel to Macomb, Illinois, taking on Western Illinois in a four game series starting on Friday at 2:00 p.m. The series concludes on Saturday with a first contest of the doubleheader set for 1:00 p.m.