Ladies Sweep Day Two Action at Valpo
Saturday, April 22, 2006

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CC-Valpo #3 4-22-06
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Jennifer Mango

Lindsey Jones

Emerald Doria

VALPARAISO, Ind.—The Centenary softball team took care of business on Saturday, taking both ends of a doubleheader with Valparaiso by identical 4-2 scores. The wins allowed the Ladies to take three of the four games in the series and kept the Maroon and White in second place within the Mid-Continent Conference.


Centenary (30-22, 12-8 Mid-Con) received solid pitching performances from Ashley Lail as she improved to 17-13 on the season after capturing both victories. She notched a complete game in game one, allowing only four hits while striking out four Crusaders. In game two, the freshman struck out five and allowed only a single earned run in six innings of work.


The Ladies struck first in the opening inning as Emerald Doria homered to begin her second consecutive game.


Valparaiso (18-25, 5-11 Mid-Con) scratched out a run in the second inning when Lail walked Alicia Ashburn with the bases loaded. However, the right-hander would recover with a strike out, a force out at the plate, and a ground out to get out of the jam.


After taking a 2-1 lead in the fourth, Centenary added two runs in the top of the seventh to secure the win. With a runner on second and one out, Valparaiso coach Randy Schneider walked Doria to face Flowers for the second straight day. Flowers hit a grand slam in the same situation yesterday, but went down on strikes this time. Schneider then walked Micah Rhodes to load the bases but Jennifer Mango answered with a two-run single.


The Ladies scored the initial run of the second contest as well when Megan Hall scored on a Lindsey Jones sac fly after opening the second inning with a double. Two frames later Centenary posted three runs thanks to RBI singles from Lail and Brittney Broussard.  


Doria finished her day with a 2-for-3 effort in limited opportunities. She scored twice and drove in a run despite being issued five free passes. Jones was 4-for-4 with an RBI and Mango added two RBI and a run while collected three hits. Lail continued to shine offensively as well, going 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI.


Centenary will face I-20 rival Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La., on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Ladies defeated the Lady Techsters 10-2 in Shreveport in the previous meeting between the two teams this season.