Fielding Woes Loom Large in Ladies Losses to Jacksonville State
Saturday, March 4, 2006

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Micah Rhodes

Lauren Flowers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—The Centenary softball team dropped both games to Jacksonville State in the Arkansas Tournament on Saturday in large part to seven errors committed by the Ladies infield. The miscues resulted in four unearned runs in the pair of contests as the Maroon and White fell 5-4 and 5-2.


Centenary (12-5) shot itself in the foot on more than one occasion with its shaky infield play. The Ladies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of the opening game when Megan Hall singled in Jennifer Mango. But Centenary gave two unearned runs back to Jacksonville State (13-4) in the bottom of the frame after a throwing error resulted in runners on second and third. The next batter singled home both Gamecocks on base to provide JSU with the 2-1 advantage.


The Ladies benefited from an error in the fifth when Dana Davis scored on an errant throw. Davis doubled, stole third, and advanced home on a bad throw by the catcher to tie the game at 2-2.


Jacksonville State scored two runs in their half of the fifth on a bases loaded single and then plated another unearned run in the sixth to go on top 5-2.


Micah Rhodes hit her second homerun in as many days, a two-run blast in the seventh, to bring the Ladies within one at 5-4. However, it would not be enough to overcome the deficit.


Rhodes finished 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI to go with her sixth dinger of the year while Hall went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI for Centenary. Emerald Doria was 0-for-3 on the morning to end her hit streak at 14 games.


Ashley Lail fell to 8-2 on the season after allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks. She tossed her seventh complete game in nine starts while striking out four.


Jennifer Flowers started the scoring in the second game for the Ladies with a solo homerun in the first inning. Centenary then surrendered another unearned run in the second inning before moving ahead 2-1 in the third when Rhodes singled home Doria with two outs.


A two-out single by the Gamecocks in the fifth knotted the game at 2-2 before a double, a walk, and a three-run homer in the sixth sealed the win for Jacksonville State.


Jessica Ivins (3-2) took the loss for Centenary, allowing three runs (two earned) and seven hits while striking out four in five innings. Kristan Morton closed out the game and gave up two runs on one hit, the JSU homerun in the sixth inning.


Rhodes extended her hit streak to 15 games by going 2-for-3 in the nightcap with an RBI and a stolen base. Flowers went 1-for-2 with a walk, a run, and a RBI while hitting her second homer of the season.


The Ladies will conclude their participation in the tournament by playing the host Arkansas Lady Razorbacks in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Centenary won the first meeting this season between the two teams in Shreveport.