Arkansas Holds Ladies Scoreless in Pair of Losses
Monday, March 6, 2006

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—The Arkansas Lady Razorbacks took both games from Centenary in the final pairing of their own tournament on Sunday, holding the Ladies scoreless on the afternoon. Centenary managed just four hits in the combined 14 innings of play, which included no hits in the final contest. Arkansas took the sweep by the scores of 3-0 and 1-0 despite a great pitching effort by Ashley Lail in game two.


Lail (8-3) tossed her eighth complete game in ten starts this season and only allowed two hits to the Arkansas hitters in the nightcap. She struck out six but issued four walks and it was one of those free passes that scored the only run of the game for either team. With two outs in the fifth inning, Lail walked Dayna Huckabee. Huckabee promptly stole second and was singled home by Mindy O’Malley to give the Lady ‘Backs the win.


Katy Henry (6-2) hurled a no-hitter while striking out 13 Ladies in the victory for Arkansas. Only two Centenary hitters successfully reached base, Micah Rhodes on a walk in the first inning and Lauren Flowers on an error in the seventh. In between, Henry retired 16 consecutive Centenary batters.


Arkansas (11-8) scored its first run in the opening game when O’Malley scored on a sacrifice fly after being hit by a pitch in the third inning. She moved to second on a bunt single and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt.


Centenary (12-7) fell behind 2-0 in the fifth frame when catcher Shana Easley drove an offering from Jessica Ivins (3-3) over the fence. O’Malley legged out a two-out triple in the sixth inning and then scored on a wild pitch from Kristan Morton after a pitching change for the Lady ‘Backs final run.


Blaire Perry (3-3) picked up the win after striking out eight and walking only one in seven innings of work for Arkansas. Ivins was saddled with the loss for Centenary. She threw 5.2 innings and was charged with all three runs while giving up six hits.


Emerald Doria, Megan Hall, Allison McClain, and Jennifer Martin each singled in the first game of the day to provide all the Centenary hits. Rhodes’ hitting streak was snapped at 15 games as the Ladies’ slugger was held to an 0-for-5 effort.


After playing 10 games in six days, the Ladies will have two days of rest before hosting Louisiana Tech on Wednesday at 6 p.m.