Ladies Cliam Two on the Road at SUU
Saturday, April 8, 2006

Files associated with this release:
CC-Southern Utah #1 Box Score
CC-Southern Utah #2 Box Score

Dana Davis

Emerald Doria

Jennifer Martin

Lauren Flowers

CEDAR CITY, Utah—Despite competing without two of its top hitters, the Centenary softball team won its Friday doubleheader over preseason Mid-Con favorite Southern Utah. The Ladies prevailed 5-4 and 11-7 to sweep day one action with top hitters Micah Rhodes and Megan Hall not on the trip due to injury and illness.


Centenary (23-17, 7-3 Mid-Con) got on the board in the first inning of the opening contest when Jennifer Mango’s single plated Emerald Doria.


Southern Utah (11-26, 4-2 Mid-Con) took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth before the Ladies answered with three of their own in the fifth. Doria scored when the Thunderbird shortstop committed an error that would allow for two additional unearned runs. The extra out brought Lindsey Jones to the plate, who doubled home Lauren Flowers and Jennifer Martin.


SUU responded again to tie the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and the game would stay deadlocked until the seventh. Martin connected on the first offering she saw from pitcher Amy Sauer (4-6) for her second homerun of the season to put the Ladies on top for good at 5-4.   


Kristan Morton (5-1) picked up the win for Centenary with 2.2 innings of scoreless one-hit ball in relief. Jessica Ivins allowed four runs on six hits while striking out three in 4.1 innings as the starter.


Game two saw the Ladies stake a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single by Brittney Broussard. Southern Utah pecked away at the deficit with single runs in the second and third innings.


The fifth frame would prove to be lucky again for Centenary as the Maroon and White broke through for four runs en route to a 6-2 lead. Flowers drew a bases loaded walk to force in the initial run. An error on the right fielder allowed three Ladies to score off the bat of Mango.


Southern Utah did not go down easily as three runs in the sixth drew the T-Birds within one at 6-5. However, Centenary would deliver the knockout blow in the seventh with a big two-out rally. Flowers lofted a solo homer to left field to give the Ladies some breathing room before a double by Mango, a single by Jones, and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Dana Davis. The junior first baseman promptly drove out her fifth dinger of the year, a grand slam, over the right field fence.


Ashley Lail improved to 12-10 in earning the complete game win for Centenary. The freshman surrendered 10 hits and seven runs, five earned, while striking out seven batters.


The two teams will meet again for games three and four of the series with a doubleheader scheduled to start at 12 p.m. locally.