Ladies Use Long Ball to Best Alcorn and Arkansas
Friday, February 17, 2006

Files associated with this release:
CC-Alcorn State Box Score 2-17-06
CC-Arkansas Box Score 2-17-06

Jennifer Mango

Amy Wiedeman

Emerald Doria

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team powered seven homeruns in a doubleheader sweep of Alcorn State and Arkansas in taking the first day of action in the Quality Inn Centenary Classic. The Ladies easily discarded Alcorn State 16-3 before coming from behind to take Arkansas in the nightcap 6-4. The pair of victories extend Centenary’s current win streak to five games.


Centenary (5-2) used a seven-run second inning to blow the game open against Alcorn State. After two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs, sophomore Amy Wiedeman connected on an offer from pitcher Krista Mueller for her first grand slam in a Centenary uniform. Dana Davis followed with a walk before freshman Emerald Doria launched her second long ball of the season and minutes later junior Micah Rhodes provided the Ladies with their third homerun of the inning, a solo shot to right field.


The Maroon and White would cruise the rest of the way, adding two runs in each the third and fourth innings before delivering the knock-out blow in the fifth with five more runs. The scoring barrage in the final frame was highlighted by sophomore Jennifer Mango’s second homer on the year.


Alcorn State (1-8) collected only three hits in the loss as Centenary pitcher Kristan Morton kept the Lady Braves off balance. Morton (1-0) collected the win in going the distance while striking out three and surrendering only one earned run.


In the evening contest, the Ladies fell behind early when Whitney Cloer made freshman pitcher Ashley Lail pay for her wildness. The right-hander walked one batter and hit another to provide Arkansas (1-7) with a spark in the top of the first inning. Cloer followed with a line drive shot to right field that just cleared the fence to spot the Razorbacks with the 3-0 lead.


Lail (4-1) would settle down after that and scattered just four hits the rest of the way. The freshman notched her third complete game in four starts while striking out five in the win.


Centenary scored all its runs in the second inning with the help of the long ball. Wiedeman failed to advance tw runners when she popped up a bunt attempt to account for the first out. But Davis would pick up her teammate when she blasted a three-run shot over right field to tie the game. Doria then made it back-to-back homers as she put the Ladies up 4-3 with her second of the day. Rhodes singled two batters later to drive starting pitcher Katy Henry from the game. Sarah Topham was brought in for Arkansas to pitch to Mango, but Mango greeted the lefty rudely as the third baseman took her deep to make the score 6-3 in Centenary’s favor. It was the second time on the afternoon that the Ladies hit three dingers in the same inning.


Arkansas added a single run in the seventh inning, but Lail got Kayla Johnson to ground out to seal the victory over the SEC school.


On the day, Mango went 4-for-8 at the plate with four runs and five RBI in addition to her two homers to lead Centenary offensively. Doria finished with a 2-for-5 effort with two homeruns, three runs, and four RBI while Wiedeman was 3-for-5 with four RBI and a pair of runs scored. Rhodes scored three times in going 3-for-6 and Lindsey Jones worked four walks and was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.


The Ladies are scheduled to play UAB, who also went 2-0 on the opening day of the tournament, and Nicholls State at 4:45 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, weather permitting. The rest of the action kicks off at 10 a.m. with Alcorn State and UAB.