Ladies Nab Third Straight With 2-0 Win Over UT-Tyler
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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CC-UT-Tyler Box Score 2-15-06

Micah Rhodes

Emerald Doria

Jennifer Mango

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team won its home opener on Wednesday evening 2-0 over visiting UT-Tyler. The Ladies manufactured both runs and emerged victorious despite collecting only four hits on the night. Freshman pitcher Ashley Lail kept the Patriots at bay as she made the lack of run support hold up, allowing Centenary to push its current win streak to three games on the young season.


Centenary (3-2) scored early to go ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. After two quick outs, junior Micah Rhodes legged out an infield single to the shortstop and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jennifer Mango followed with another infield single to place runners on the corners for Allison McClain. However, the freshman would not get a chance for the RBI as the Ladies pulled off a double steal to plate the first run of the contest.


Lail allowed two runners to reach in the opening frame but settled down after that. She struck out the side in the second inning and fanned two of three in the top half of the third.


Freshman Emerald Doria smoked a hanging change-up to centerfield with one out in the home portion of the third for a double to set the table for Centenary’s second run. She then moved to third on a wild pitch before Lauren Flowers reached on a fielder’s choice when the shortstop unsuccessfully elected to try to catch Doria of base. The Ladies tried the double steal again, but this time the Patriots didn’t bite, allowing Flowers to take second base. Rhodes then singled the second run home, but the Maroon and White would not score again despite having runners on second and third with only one out.  


UT-Tyler (0-1) would never threaten offensively and did not advance a runner to second base after the first inning.


Lail (3-1) finished with six innings of shutout pitching while giving up only a pair of infield hits in picking up her third win. She struck out seven batters and walked only one. Sophomore Kristan Morton recorded her first save of the season by hurling a perfect seventh inning.


Rhodes tallied half of Centenary’s hits and accounted for both runs en route to a 2-for-2 effort at the plate, which also included a walk. Doria went 1-for-3 with the big double and scored a run while Mango notched the final hit for the Ladies, her only safety in three at-bats.


Centenary will host a three-day tournament this weekend involving Alcorn State, Arkansas, Nicholls State, and UAB. The Ladies begin their participation in the field on Friday at 4:45 pm and 7 pm when they take on Alcorn State and Arkansas respectively. The rest of the teams kick off at 10 am.