Softball Drops Two in Season Opening Auburn Tournament
Friday, February 10, 2006

Jennifer Mango

Jennifer Martin

Emerald Doria

Allison McClain

Micah Rhodes

AUBURN, Ala. – The two-time defending Mid-Continent Conference champion Centenary softball team lost their opening pair of games in the 2006 Auburn Tiger Invitational Friday.  The Ladies fell 4-1 in their season opener to North Carolina State before succumbing 10-9 in a game-long thriller against Miami (Ohio).


Spotting the Redhawks a three run lead in the first inning of the nightcap, Centenary evened the score with a two-run homerun by Jennifer Mango and an RBI single by Jennifer Martin.  Lindsey Jones was caught rounding third for the third out of the inning, a precursor to the action to come.


Miami would add another three-spot to the board in the second, answering Mango’s jack with a three-run shot of their own.  Ladies pitcher Jessica Ivins would make it out of the inning without surrendering another run despite another hit and a Centenary error.


Not to be outdone, the Ladies took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second, plating a pair of runs after the Redhawks committed a two-error, bases-loaded play with two outs.  Allison McClain’s subsequent two RBI double to left put the Maroon and White up 7-6 before the inning was over.


The third would be one of only two scoreless innings in the contest, but Miami would add another three runs in the fourth and a single tally in the fifth.  Centenary would chip away at the lead as Martin stole home on a trick play after a single by Emerald Doria.  A pinch hitting Brittney Broussard couldn’t make it home from first on a two out RBI double by Doria in the ninth, ending the game 10-9 in an exciting fashion.


Ivins (0-1) tossed four innings while giving up 10 runs, eight of them earned.  She struck out one before Ashley Lail, game one’s starter, relieved her the final three innings.


Lail (0-1) struggled in her collegiate debut against North Carolina State earlier in the day, walking 10 batters in six innings of work.  She gave up four runs, two of them earned, and struck out a pair in the loss.  The freshman didn’t allow a run until the fifth inning.


The Ladies couldn’t find their offensive groove in the opener, garnering one hit in the contest.  Micah Rhodes’ solo homerun in the top of the sixth was too little too late as the Ladies fell to the Wolfpack 4-1.


Centenary heads back to the diamond tomorrow as they take on Minnesota (0-2) at 10 a.m. and Evansville at 8 p.m.  You can follow the action on GameTracker at . All times are local to site.