Morton Throws Perfect Game as Ladies Hitting Spree Continues
Tuesday, April 19, 2005

SHREVEPORT- The Centenary softball team racked up 13 hits in each game of the doubleheader against Grambling on Tuesday night. The Ladies offensive power quickly turned the first game into an 8-0 blowout, earning Kristan Morton a perfect game in the pitching circle. In the nightcap, conference-leading Centenary continued to show its offensive talent finishing the sweep in dramatic fashion with an 11-2 victory.

Morton (8-7) took the mound in the first game striking out the first three batters she faced and never looked back. The rookie right-hander pitched her first perfect game, striking out seven to register the school’s seventh no-hitter.

The Ladies came alive offensively after two innings of scoreless play in the first contest. Amy Wiedeman launched her first collegiate homerun, putting the Ladies on the board in the bottom of the third. A third-inning offensive explosion followed as Centenary posted four runs on five hits, including a double by Janis Kelley who later stole home and RBI singles from Dana Davis and Micah Rhodes.

The hitting spree continued throughout the rest of the frames as the Ladies notched another run in the fourth and three more in the fifth for the win.

The Lady Tigers (3-52) tried to bounce back in the second contest taking a 2-0 lead in the first frame. Mandy Young led off Grambling’s only run-scoring inning with a hard shot to third followed by Asia Anders' single to leftfield. Ashley Williams’ base hit down the right field line scored Young, moving Anders to third. After Monica Ward reached on a fielder’s choice, Kiki Johnson came through with a single to right center to push home Anders. With the bases loaded, Jessica Ivins ended the offensive threat striking out a swinging Katoya Fields and Stacey Pearson.

Leading off for the Ladies, Flowers started the second game the same as the first doubling to centerfield. Jennifer Martin walked before Megan Hall reached on a fielder’s choice pushing Flowers to the corner. Rhodes landed on first on a fielder’s choice pushing Flowers across as Martin scored off an error by the third baseman. Kelley connected blasting her 12th double of the season, plating Rhodes and Hall to take the lead 4-2.

The Ladies continued to hit the ball as Kelley came home when Natalie Schoppe grounded out to the shortstop, creating the 5-2 advantage.

The Ladies knocked in one run in the bottom of the second on Hall’s RBI double and another in the bottom of the third when Schoppe’s sacfirce bunt advanced Mango to third that later scored on an error by the second baseman.

Centenary scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the victory handily. Flowers jump started the inning with her second double of the game and later stole third before Martin walked. Hall knocked a first base hit scoring Flowers and later moved to second on a wild pitch. With runners on second and first, Brittany Broussard singled to left center plating Martin as Hall advanced to third. Hall was later called out at home as Kelley reached on a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Schoppe blasted a shot to right center plating the needed two-runs, ending the game.

After the first inning, Ivins (16-8) went on to pitch five innings of scoreless softball. The freshman pitcher allowed two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts.

The Ladies (26-18, 9-3) will travel to Indianapolis, Ind. for a four-game series with conference opponent IUPUI this weekend. The games will start with a doubleheader on Friday at 4 p.m. followed by another on Saturday at noon.