Ladies Sweep Double Dip From UMKC
Saturday, March 25, 2006




Jennifer Mango

Emerald Doria

Micah Rhodes

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Centenary softball team took both ends of a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader with UMKC on Saturday 3-2 and 7-3. The wins improve the Ladies overall record to 19-12 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in league play. Jennifer Mango’s bat led to the game one victory for Centenary while pitcher Jessica Ivins got back on track with seven strong innings in the nightcap.

 

Game one proved to be a pitcher’s duel as UMKC’s Jessica Heimann matched Centenary’s Ashley Lail in the early going. The Kangaroos broke through first, ending the scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Taron Brewer and Cori Mead put together back-to-back doubles for the initial run and Mead later scored from third on an infield single. Kristan Morton replaced Lail and struck out Eryn Knecht to end the rally.

 

The Ladies responded for Morton in the top of the sixth. Emerald Doria opened the frame with a double and Jennifer Flowers reached on an error. Micah Rhodes struck out but Mango followed with a three-run homerun to right center field to place Centenary on top.

 

Morton (4-1) would make the lead stick as she tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless, no-hit ball to pick up the win. Lail did not figure in the decision after surrendering two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings. She struck out seven batters in the outing.

 

UMKC (4-20, 0-3 Mid-Con) also held an early lead in game two. Centenary plated a single run in the first inning when Flowers scored from third while Rhodes intentionally got caught in a rundown between first and second. The Kangaroos responded with three runs off of Ivins in the bottom of the inning after a walk and three doubles.

 

Ivins quickly found a groove and did not allow a run the rest of the contest in going the distance. The Ladies knotted the game in the third when Doria was doubled home by Rhodes. Mango then singled to right field, which brought Rhodes in for the 3-3 tie.

 

Centenary blew the game open with a four-run rally in the fourth inning. Jennifer Martin got things going with a single and two bunts and an error later the sophomore scored. Doria then doubled to bring across Amy Wiedeman and Dana Davis and Rhodes singled in Doria to cap the barrage.

 

Ivins improved to 4-5 with the victory while striking out four Kangaroos. Doria was 3-for-8 on the day with three runs and two RBI for Centenary while Rhodes went 4-for-7 with a run and a pair of RBI. Mango proved to be a big run producer in the lineup after driving in four on just two hits, including her fifth long ball of the campaign. Allison McClain picked up three hits in the sweep and Martin recorded two hits.

 

The fourth and final game of the series will be played at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. The game is of the make-up variety after the second game on Friday was cancelled due to freezing temperatures in the Kansas City area.