Homeruns, Late-Inning Heroics Salvage Twinbill Split with Oakland
Friday, April 14, 2006

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Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Amy Wiedeman

Emerald Doria

Micah Rhodes

SHREVEPORT – With back-to-back rallies by visiting Oakland in the top of both seventh innings in Friday’s Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader, the Centenary softball team mounted their own comeback in the nightcap to salvage a series split.  The Golden Grizzlies took the opener 4-2 behind a three-run seventh down by one, while the Ladies claimed the second game 4-3 in eight innings on an RBI double by Amy Wiedeman.


The first match-up came down to a pitcher’s duel until the last out.  Oakland (13-18, 4-6 Mid-Con) starter Laura Chomokos went the distance, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out seven.  Her counterpart, Ashley Lail, tossed six innings of three hit ball, striking out three but walking five.  She was relieved by Kristan Morton in the seventh after loading the bases, earning the loss in the process.


Emerald Doria was good for a pair of homeruns on the day, one in each contest.  Both solo shots, her first one gave the Ladies a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning of game one, while her leadoff blast in the nightcap tied Centenary (25-20, 8-6 Mid-Con) at 1-1 early before Micah Rhodes would also homer that inning to give the home team a 2-1 lead.


Game two pitcher Jessica Ivins pitched solidly for the Ladies, earning the win after going all eight innings, allowing nine hits and striking out five.  Two of the Grizzlies three runs in the game came off solo homeruns.


One of OU’s homers tied the contest in the sixth, as Camie Knorr’s shot cleared the fence in left.  Tosh Hodgkinson would put Oakland ahead in the top of the seventh, hitting the foul pole on the left field line for her solo shot.


Rhodes would come up big for the Ladies in their last outs, connecting with an opposite field double to the left center gap with a man on second and two outs.  Lauren Flowers scored from second, a play after stealing the bag to move into scoring position.


With OU’s game-one hero Chomokos returning to pitch in the eighth, Wiedeman matched Rhodes’ location with a double of her own, this time scoring Allison McClain from first for the walkoff win.


The Ladies and the Golden Grizzlies face each other for another doubleheader Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Centenary Softball Complex.