UMKC Denies Ladies Series Sweep with 5-3 Win
Sunday, March 26, 2006

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CC-UMKC Box Score 3-26-06

Allison McClain

Jennifer Mango

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Centenary softball team was six outs from completing the four-game series sweep over Mid-Continent Conference foe UMKC before the Kangaroos belted three homeruns to comeback for the 5-3 victory. Taia Jones had a pair of long balls in the game, as four of UMKC’s nine hits were round-trippers.


Centenary (19-13, 3-1 Mid-Con) jumped all over starting pitcher Jessica Heimann, scoring two runs in the first inning. Emerald Doria and Jennifer Flowers led off the contest with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. The tandem pulled off a double steal to claim the first run and several batters later, Megan Hall singled in Flowers. The Ladies would load the bases with two outs, but Heimann got Lindsey Jones to foul out to end the threat.


Heimann was replaced by Emily Dye (4-8) who kept Centenary off the board the rest of the way despite being pounded for nine hits. The Ladies collected 12 hits in the loss.


UMKC (5-20, 1-3 Mid-Con) tied the game in the bottom of the second inning with the first of the four homers. With two outs, Katelyn Cummings singled and Jones followed with her first blast to even the score at 2-2.


The Ladies reclaimed the advantage in the fifth when a double play scored Micah Rhodes from third base. Rhodes led off the frame with a single and moved up to second on a throwing error. Jennifer Mango advanced Rhodes to third with an infield single and Hall’s sharp grounder resulted in a twin-killing, but plated Rhodes. McClain then drove a triple to center field but was stranded there when Jennifer Martin went down swinging for the third out.


Centenary starter Ashley Lail (11-7) ran into trouble in the sixth when Cori Mead led off with a homerun to tie the game at 3-3. Monica Canisales struck out just before Cummings launched her first homer of the season, which chased Lail from the game. Jones then connected off of Kristan Morton for her second blast of the game to conclude the scoring.


Mango, Hall, and McClain each tallied two hits on the day for Centenary while Doria, Flowers, and Rhodes all collected a hit and a run. Hall added two RBI to her stat line and Brittney Broussard also recorded a hit as a pinch-hitter.


Jones went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs to go with her pair of dingers for UMKC. Cummings enjoyed a 3-for-3 day with two runs and an RBI.


The Ladies will travel south on Wednesday as they face in-state foe LSU in Baton Rouge. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.