Ladies Down Alcorn Before Losing in Extra Frames to BSC
Sunday, March 12, 2006

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

Emerald Doria

Micah Rhodes

Jennifer Mango

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Centenary softball team nearly battled its way from the play-in game in the bracket portion of the Leigh’s Athletic Wear Panther Classic to the championship game on Sunday. The Ladies (#4) defeated Alcorn State (#5) 5-0 to advance to the semi finals before falling to Birmingham-Southern (#1) in extra innings 6-5.


Centenary (15-11) easily handled Alcorn State (1-17) in the opener, pounding out 12 hits and cruising behind the pitching of Kristan Morton. The Ladies scored two runs in the first inning on three hits and a double steal before adding two more in the fourth. Emerald Doria plated both runs with a single through the right side and the Maroon and White added another score in the fifth.


Morton (3-1) picked up the win after tossing a four-hit complete game shutout while allowing only one walk. The sophomore struck out seven Lady Braves in the contest.


Offensively, Doria collected three hits while Micah Rhodes and Jennifer Mango each picked up two for Centenary. Megan Hall added an RBI in going 1-for-2 towards the winning cause. 


The Ladies struck first in their match-up with host Birmingham-Southern (17-4), who went undefeated in round robin play to earn the top seed in the championship round. Mango tripled to begin the second inning and Megan Hall promptly singled her home, but the team failed to cash in with the bases loaded as Doria flew out to end the threat.


The Panthers answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame on four hits and two Centenary throwing errors to grab the 4-1 lead. The Ladies cut the deficit to two runs by cashing in on a pair of errors and pulling off a double steal in the top of the third.


Centenary pulled ahead 5-4 with three runs in the fifth on hits by Doria, Rhodes, and Hall. Mango, who reached on a fielder’s choice, was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch with only one out. That opportunity would haunt the Ladies later on in the game.


BSC plated a run in the bottom of the fifth on a solo homerun and the score remained tied to force extra innings using the international tiebreaker, which places the last out of the previous inning on second base to begin each new inning. With Mango advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, the Ladies stranded her there and opened the door for the home team. The Panthers also sacrificed their runner to third and with two outs received a single to end the game.


Ashley Lail (9-6) took the loss despite pitching all 7.2 innings for the Ladies. She struck out six and walked only one in allowing four earned runs on the afternoon.


Hall went 2-for-3 with two RBI to led Centenary at the plate. Doria, Rhodes, and Mango each had a hit and scored a run.


The Ladies will face Louisiana-Monroe in Monroe on Wednesday before hosting Stephen F. Austin on the Centenary campus Thursday.