Ladies Stumble in Birmingham Tourney
Friday, March 10, 2006

Files associated with this release:
CC-Kennesaw State Box Score 3-10-06
CC-UTEP Box Score 3-10-06

Emerald Doria

Day one of the Leigh’s Athletic Wear Panther Spring Classic hosted by Birmingham-Southern did not go as planned for the Centenary softball team. The Ladies lost 8-0 to Kennesaw State and 9-0 to UTEP in a pair of mercy rule shortened games on Friday afternoon. Centenary managed only two hits in the opener before being no-hit for the second time this season in game two.


Centenary (13-9) began the top of the first inning against Kennesaw State (14-9) with a lead-off double from Emerald Doria. After two hitters both struck out for the Ladies, failing to advance the runner, Doria was thrown out trying to steal third to end the scoring threat.  


The Owls posted a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to jump ahead 2-0 on Centenary pitcher Ashley Lail (9-4). Back-to-back infield singles followed by a walk and another single provided KSU with the advantage.


Lisa Lamb (7-2) retired the next 11 Centenary hitters until Megan Hall singled to begin the fifth. By then the Ladies were five runs down after Kennesaw State added three more runs in the fourth. The Owls loaded the bases on a hit batter, a catcher’s interference, and a single before Keri McKee doubled to clear the bases.


Lail finished her day after giving up five runs (four earned) in five innings while striking out five and walking three. Kristan Morton allowed three runs without recording an out in the sixth inning for Centenary. Lamb earned the complete game, surrendering just the two hits despite only striking out two Ladies for KSU.


The Ladies bad luck at the plate continued into the second game as UTEP’s Veronica Flournoy (4-4) tossed a no-hitter while only striking out three Centenary batters in six innings. The Ladies were not fooled by Flournoy, they just could not find a whole in the Miner’s defense.


Texas-El Paso (7-13) plated a single run in the first frame and promptly added three more in the second. The game remained a 4-0 score until the fifth inning when the Miner’s pushed across five runs, four coming after a walk and four singles all with two outs.


Centenary will look to rebound on Saturday when the Maroon and White take on Alcorn State at 9 a.m. before battling the host Birmingham-Southern Panthers at 3 p.m.