Ladies Open Mid-Con Play with 6-3 Win Over UMKC
Friday, March 24, 2006

Jennifer Martin

Lauren Flowers

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Centenary softball team opened the Mid-Continent Conference portion of its schedule with a 6-3 win over UMKC. The originally scheduled doubleheader was cut to just a single game when the wind chill temperature hovered around the freezing point. Saturday’s doubleheader will be played as planned beginning at 1 p.m. and the series will conclude with a single game on Sunday.


Centenary (17-12, 1-0 Mid-Con) received a stellar pitching effort from freshman Ashley Lail (11-6). The right-hander tossed a complete game while allowing just three hits and one earned run. She dominated the Kangaroo hitters as she compiled a career-high 14 strikeouts on the evening. 


The Ladies took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Megan Hall scored on a fielder’s choice. Hall reached base on an infield single, advanced to second on an error, and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jennifer Martin.


UMKC (4-18, 0-1 Mid-Con) jumped ahead of Centenary 2-1 after pushing across a pair of runs in the bottom half of the third inning. Taia Jones walked to lead off the frame and an error allowed her to advance all the way to third base. A sac fly by Eryn Knecht and a single off the bat of Kim Hoiting gave the home team the advantage.


The Ladies tied the game with a single run in the fifth when Micah Rhodes’ triple plated Lauren Flowers. The Maroon and White added another run in the sixth when Martin belted her first long ball of the season and then exploded for three tallies in the seventh. Flowers started the scoring when she stepped on the plate courtesy of a wild pitch. Rhodes later scored on a double by Allison McClain and Martin drove in McClain with a single to put the game away.


Martin finished with a 2-for-2 effort at the plate with two RBI and a run to go with her first dinger. Flowers went 2-for-3 with a run, Rhodes was 1-for-2 with two walks, a RBI, and a run, and Jennifer Mango, Lindsey Jones, Hall, and McClain each added a hit.