Ladies Settle For Friday Split With UMKC
Friday, April 15, 2005

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SHREVEPORT--The Centenary Ladies softball team easily won the opening game of their Mid-Con series with UMKC 9-3, but their bats fell silent in the nightcap as the Ladies lost to the Kangaroos 2-1. Jessica Ivins tossed her 17th complete game on the season to give Centenary the game one win while UMKC’s Veronica Weaver notched just her fourth full game of work to earn the game two victory for the visitors.


Centenary (22-18, 7-3 Mid-Con) erupted for five runs in the second inning of the opener after initially trailing UMKC 2-0. Micah Rhodes started the action with a single and a stolen base. Janis Kelley reached on a fielder’s choice that advanced Rhodes to third before being lifted for a pinch runner, Amy Wiedeman. On the very next pitch, Wiedeman and Rhodes pulled off a perfectly executed double steal to plate the Ladies first run. Wiedeman scored on a wild pitch and the next three Centenary batters all walked to load the bases. Jennifer Flowers then connected on a pitch from UMKC’s Tisha Abell, belting a bases-clearing double into left center field to put the Ladies ahead 5-2.


It was clear sailing from there for Centenary who added a pair of insurance runs in the third inning on a two-run homer from Rhodes and scored again in the fourth and sixth frames. Ivins scattered 11 hits in going the distance while striking out 10 Kangaroos to improve her record to 14-8.


UMKC (7-33, 3-7 Mid-Con) turned the tables on Centenary in the second game as this time it was the visitors who came from behind. The Ladies struck first in the bottom of the third when an error on the Kangaroos’ second baseman Kylie Williamson allowed Dana Davis to score. Davis pierced a one-out double to center field and was not able to advance when Flowers’ line drive was snared by Williamson. Katie Harwick then hit a ball up the middle that Williamson gloved before leaping and turning in the air to attempt to throw out Harwick at first base. Although the runner was already past the bag, the throw was well wide and landed against the fence lining the right field line to advance Davis all the way home.


In the top of the fourth, UMKC responded with a pair of runs to take the lead for good. With the first out already recorded, Eryn Knecht, Kate Cummings, and Liz Stohs ripped back-to-back-to-back doubles to give the Kangaroos the advantage at 2-1. Weaver (2-9) made the lead stick as she kept the Ladies off balance all evening despite striking out only two batters.       


Kristan Morton (7-7) was saddled with the loss for the Ladies after surrendering two runs in three and two-thirds innings. Kelley kept UMKC at bay for the final three and a third innings as she allowed only one hit the rest of the way.


Flowers finished the day 4-of-7 at the plate with five RBI and a run scored while belting her team-leading fifth dinger of the year. Rhodes went 3-for-5 in the double dip with two runs and two RBI to go with a walk and a pair of stolen bases. Her game one, third inning round-tripper was the fourth on the season for the sophomore.


UMKC and Centenary will square off again with another doubleheader beginning at 11 am on Saturday.