Ladies Softball Splits with Western Illinois in First Day of Play
Friday, April 8, 2005

MACOMB, Ill- The Centenary softball team spilt a doubleheader on Friday afternoon battling conference foe Western Illinois at Mary Ellen McKee Stadium. The first game was a pitching duel between the top two Mid-Continent Conference pitchers. The Westerwinds’ pitching ace Karenmarie Peņa pocketing the 1-0 win as Centenary took the second contest 3-2.

The first game was scoreless until WIU’s Maureen Troller drew a based loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth for the win.

Peņa (9-7) took the win fanning eight batters and walking three.  She recorded 17 straight outs before allowing a one-out walk in the seventh inning. Jessica Ivins (12-8) came up one short of tying her season high by striking out ten to take the loss.

Lauren Flowers was impressive at the plate showcasing her team-leading hitting ability in the second game. She went 3-for-4 with two doubles, and one RBI.

Flowers got Centenary started singling through the left side and was pushed to second on a sacrifice fly from Katie Harwick. The rookie later stole third and scored on an error by the catcher for the Ladies’ first run.

The Ladies added another in the second when Dana Davis scored off a double by Flowers.

Western Illinois got into the game in the third when Jess Stanforth reached on an error by Centenary’s second baseman and was later pushed past the plate by Erin Zeller’s RBI double.

Centenary took the 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth as Jennifer Mango’s double to left center scored Micah Rhodes.

The Westerwinds mustered one more run in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough as Janis Kelley came in for her third save of the season.

Right-handed hurler Kristan Morton took the win tying her career-high of seven strikeouts while allowing two runs on four hits over 5.1 innings.

The Ladies (19-16, 5-1) will finish the four game series on Saturday afternoon with the first game of the doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.