Ladies Take Series 3-1 From UMKC With Second Day Sweep
Saturday, April 16, 2005

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SHREVEPORT--The Centenary Ladies softball team took both ends of their doubleheader with Mid-Continent Conference enemy UMKC 4-2 and 5-3 at the Centenary Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon to win the series 3-1. Janis Kelley picked up a win and a save on the strength of her arm while also driving in a game-winning run with her strong bat.


Centenary (24-18, 9-3) battled back from a 2-1 deficit in the first game of the double dip to tie the game in the fourth inning. Megan Hall led off with an infield single and was immediately replaced with pinch runner Amy Wiedeman. Micah Rhodes walked to place runners on first and second just before Kelley lined out to right field. With one out, Jennifer Mango singled through the left side to score Wiedeman on a close play at the plate.


The Ladies kept the pressure up as the following inning Centenary sent seven hitters to the batter’s box. The rally began with a single to left field by Dana Davis. Lauren Flowers walked which brought up Katie Harwick in a sacrifice bunt situation. Harwick laid down the bunt which UMKC catcher Eryn Knecht grabbed and threw to third. The toss was too late to force out Davis, allowing Harwick to reach safely on the fielder’s choice. With the bases loaded, Hall grounded into a third to home to first double play.


The Kangaroos then intentionally walked Rhodes to load the bases, bringing Kelley to the plate with an opportunity to help her own cause. The senior sent a ringing double down the left field line to push Flowers and Harwick across with what turned out to be the game-winning runs.


Kelley (2-3) hurled three scoreless innings in relief of Jessica Ivins to pick up her second win of the week. She surrendered only one hit and one free pass while facing 11 batters.


UMKC (7-35, 3-9) again took the early lead in game two as Kim Hoiting scored on a wild pitch from Ivins after doubling to start the game. Ivins then settled into a grove as she faced only two batters over the minimum over the next three innings.


Centenary struck quickly in the bottom half of the fourth inning as Rhodes torched a pitch from Veronica Weaver for her fifth homer of the year and her second in the series. The mammoth shot by the sophomore easily cleared the scoreboard in right field on its way to landing into the bayou.


Kelley then responded with a double off of the left field fence. A single by Mango moved Jennifer Martin, who pinch ran for Kelley, to third base. Lindsey Jones’ well-placed bunt on a squeeze play scored Martin and landed Jones on first base on the fielder’s choice. Lory Kowaleski moved Mango and Jones up a base to place runners on second and third on a sacrifice bunt. After Davis was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Flowers came through with a double to bring in Mango and Bre Fletcher, the pinch runner for Jones, to make the score 4-1. UMKC escaped further damage by throwing out Davis as she tried to go from first to third on the play.


The Ladies added another run in the fifth frame before the Kangaroos put up a fight in the top half of the sixth. Knecht’s single to right field plated Jaime McGrath and Knecht later scored when she beat a throw home on a tapper hit back to the pitcher. UMKC’s rally came without an extra-base hit as three singles and a walk were enough to claim the two runs.  


Ivins went the first 4 2/3 innings while allowing only four hits and no walks to improve her mark to 15-8 on the season. Kelley closed out the final 2 1/3 innings to notch her fifth save despite giving up two runs.


Rhodes led the Ladies offensively going 3-for-4 with a home run on the day with a run and two RBI. The Centenary right fielder also walked twice, once intentionally, to reach base in five of her six at-bats. Mango was also successful at the plate as she went 3-for-6 with a run and a RBI.


Centenary continues its pursuit of its first ever back-to-back 30-win seasons when it hosts Grambling State in doubleheader action on Tuesday at 5 pm. The Ladies concluded last season with a 36-28 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.