Ladies Split with IUPUI on First Day of Series
Friday, March 31, 2006

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CC-IUPUI #1 Box Score
CC-IUPUI #2 Box Score

Lauren Flowers

Micah Rhodes

Jennifer Mango

SHREVEPORT—The IUPUI Jaguars came into Shreveport and stole a game from Centenary 2-1 before the Ladies responded with a 7-5 win in the nightcap on Friday in Mid-Continent Conference action. Game one proved to be a pitchers duel and was won with offensive efficiency while game two featured an offensive explosion that totaled 24 hits between the teams.


Centenary (20-15, 4-2 Mid-Con) struggled to put a rally together in the opener as the Ladies tallied a hit in almost every inning but could not cash in. IUPUI (5-20, 2-3 Mid-Con) managed only six hits off of pitcher Ashley Lail (11-8), but lumped them together to maximize their opportunities.


The Jaguars scratched out their first run in the second inning. Jenna Crockett and Stacey Speshyock began the frame with back-to-back singles that resulted in runners on second and third with no outs after Speshyock advanced on the throw to third. Stephanie Thompson then lofted a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Crockett before Lail used a strikeout and a grounder to second base to end the scare.


The sixth inning began much the same way as Sarah Needy singled and Devan Craig doubled her home to stretch the IUPUI lead to 2-0. The Jaguars only totaled two other hits on the entire game other than those in the two scoring situations.


The Ladies finally responded in the bottom of the seventh when Jennifer Mango and Megan Hall sent two bullets into the outfield to start the inning. Allsion McClain then executed her sacrifice bunt perfectly to advance the runners. After an unproductive groundout, Amy Wiedeman came through with a clutch two-out hit down the left field line.


Mango scored easily on the hit and pinch runner Leslie Postles was waved around third by coach Mark Montgomery. The left fielder, Speshyock, fielded the ball cleanly and heaved her toss to the plate. The IUPUI catcher took the throw and threw herself at the diving Postles, resulting in a very close play. Postles was ruled out to the dismay of the Centenary contingent and the game was over. 


The Ladies spotted IUPUI a three-run lead in the first inning of game two before their bats came alive. The Maroon and White scored twice in the bottom of the frame before exploding for four more runs in the second on five hits. The Jaguars, down 6-3, held the game from getting out of control by throwing Centenary runners out at the plate in both of the first two innings.


Centenary added another run in the fourth inning and ultimately would have two more runners struck down at the plate throughout the game. IUPUI then chased pitcher Jessica Ivins (5-5) from the game with two runs in the top of the sixth. Kristan Morton came in for two scoreless innings to earn her third save on the season. 


Craig (2-10) picked up the win in game one for IUPUI while Breanna Howell (2-9) took the loss in game two. Craig also went 3-for-7 on the day at the plate while Needy collected a pair of hits and two RBI.


Mango was 5-for-7 in the twinbill for Centenary and picked up two runs and two RBI in pushing her hitting streak to 12 games. The Ladies’ heavy hitters of Lauren Flowers, Micah Rhodes, Mango, and Hall combined for 12 of Centenary’s 16 hits in game two. Flowers was a perfect 4-for-4 while Rhodes smacked two doubles as part of her three hits.


The Jaguars and the Ladies will lock up again tomorrow in another doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. at the Centenary Softball Complex.