Ladies Split on Day Two of Panther Spring Classic
Saturday, March 11, 2006

Files associated with this release:
CC-Alcorn State #2 Box Score 3-11-06
CC-BSC Box Score 3-11-06

Dana Davis

Emerald Doria

Jennifer Mango

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Centenary softball team split their day two action in the Leigh’s Athletic Wear Panther Spring Classic hosted by Birmingham-Southern. The Ladies used a comeback effort to defeat Alcorn State 9-7 in game one before coming up short to the host BSC Panthers 5-1 in the last game of the twinbill.


Centenary (14-10) fell behind early to Alcorn State after allowing four runs in the first inning on four singles and a walk. Pitcher Jessica Ivins struggled in the second inning as well as the right-hander retired the first two hitters before issuing a base on balls to Melissa Mason. Mason stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She scored on a single, which was followed with a two-run homerun from Tonya Nelms.


Kristan Morton replaced Ivins to end the inning, but the Ladies were down 7-1. Centenary added a run in the second before cashing in on multiple errors by the Lady Braves in the third frame.


Jennifer Mango singled to start the scoring and two errors and three batters latter, scored when Brittney Broussard coerced a bases loaded walk. Amy Wiedeman’s drive to right field was misplayed to plate another run and Dana Davis’ walk pushed across the third run of the rally. Lauren Flowers then forced in another run on a free pass before Davis scored when Micah Rhodes was hit by a pitch. Mango drove in the sixth run of the stanza on a fielder’s choice to put the Maroon and White on top 8-7 despite collecting just one hit in the inning.


Davis homered in the fourth for the final run of the game. Morton (2-1) picked up the win after shutting out Alcorn State over 5.1 innings while striking out two and scattering two hits. Emerald Doria also belted a long ball in the win for Centenary.


Birmingham-Southern (15-4) took a 2-0 lead over the Ladies in game two as a two-out walk spelled trouble again for Centenary. In the second inning, pitcher Ashley Lail sat down the first two Panther hitters before the costly walk. A single and a wild pitch put runners at second and third when Melissa Muehlenfeld’s single up the middle scored both runners.


The Ladies cut the deficit in half in the fourth when Rhodes’ double scored Flowers from first base with no outs. However, Centenary would not capitalize on the situation and BSC added three more in the sixth all on a three-run homer off the bat of Nikki Rombough to put the game away.


Lail dropped to 9-5 on the season with the loss. She surrendered four earned runs, five total, in pitching all seven innings.


#4 Centenary will face #5 Alcorn State again on Sunday at 9 a.m. as the bracket play portion of the tournament begins. If the Ladies win, they will play #1 Birmingham-Southern at 1 p.m. with the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m.