Ladies Set New Win Streak Record in Near Perfect Fashion
Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Files associated with this release:
CC-Texas Southern #1 2-28-06
CC-Texas Southern #2 2-28-06


Dana Davis

Lauren Flowers

Jennifer Mango

HOUSTON, Tex.—The Centenary softball team set a new team record for longest winning streak by sweeping both ends of Tuesday’s doubleheader with Texas Southern by identical 12-0 scores. The current streak now stands at 11 games, eclipsing the old mark of nine games set during the 2004 season. Freshman pitcher Ashley Lail narrowly missed tossing a perfect game in the record-breaking victory. A looping single in the final inning would provide TSU with its only runner to reach base against the hurler.

 

Centenary (11-2) displayed solid defense in game one as Lail (7-1) struck out five batters, but benefited from her teammates behind her in the field. The right-hander sat down the first 18 Tiger batters she faced until Robynn Cannon singled on a 3-2 pitch to start the seventh inning. Lail would retire the next three opposing hitters to end the game without a walk and allowing only the one hit while picking up her first complete game shutout on the season.

 

The Ladies’ bats came alive in the third inning when Jennifer Mango doubled home Lauren Flowers to start the scoring. Mango later scored when a busted squeeze play resulted in Micah Rhodes being tagged out by the catcher. Mango advanced to third on the play and then caught the defense napping while returning to their original positions to sneak across the plate.

 

Flowers belted a three-run homer in the fourth and after posting single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, Centenary put up five runs in the seventh to close out the win thanks to a two-run shot by Dana Davis.

 

Game two followed much the same formula as solid pitching and timely hitting led to a shortened five-inning affair because of the NCAA mercy rule. Jessica Ivins (3-1) and Kristan Morton combined for the Ladies’ sixth shutout by surrendering just four hits without issuing a single base on balls.

 

Centenary struck early as another Mango double plated the first run in the opening inning. Megan Hall, just back from rehabbing an injury, drove in two more with a single just ahead of Brittney Broussard’s run-producing hit that staked the Ladies to a 4-0 advantage.

 

The game remained at 4-0 until the Maroon and White put up eight runs in the top of the fourth. The scoring was capped by Davis’ second homer of the day, a three-run job that also scored Broussard and Allison McClain.

 

Davis finished the day 4-for-6 with four runs and six RBI to go along with her second and third long ball on the year. Mango was 4-for-8 with four runs and four RBI while Hall added four hits and three RBI. Flowers scored five times for the Ladies in addition to her four RBI and Micah Rhodes extended her hit streak to 11 games with three hits in all.    

 

 

*This release was delayed while awaiting the official results from the host institution.