Ladies Take Game Two to Secure Split with WIU
Friday, May 5, 2006

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

Lauren Flowers

Micah Rhodes

Jennifer Mango

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team retained its second place ranking within the Mid-Continent Conference with a split against Western Illinois on Friday. The Westerwinds pounded out 17 hits in a 6-0 game one victory, but the Ladies rode the arm of pitcher Ashley Lail in game two to grab the 6-1 win.


Centenary (31-23, 13-9 Mid-Con) managed only three hits in the opening game off of WIU starter Kamren Ferguson. The right-hander struck out five and walked only two Ladies in improving to 12-11 on the season with the complete game.


Western Illinois (20-31-1, 12-9 Mid-Con) used back-to-back doubles by Jennifer Garcia and Ashley Gilland with two outs in the second inning off of Centenary starter Jessica Ivins to claim the early lead. The Westerwinds added a pair of runs in each the fifth and sixth innings on a barrage of singles before pushing their final run across in the seventh.


It was Centenary that struck first in the nightcap with three runs in the first inning. Lauren Flowers singled and Micah Rhodes walked with one out. Jennifer Mango’s grounder was then fielded cleanly by the WIU third baseman but her throw was mishandled at second base. The miscue allowed Flowers to score and kept the rally alive for the Ladies.


After Meghan Hall struck out, Lail helped herself with a single through the left side of the infield to plate Rhodes. Centenary then successfully pulled off a double steal with runners on the corners for the three-run advantage.


The Ladies scored again in the second inning with the help of another Western Illinois error and added two more insurance runs in the sixth on pure hustle.


With two outs in the frame, Flowers beat out an infield single to second base. She moved up on a steal and then scored all the way from second on another infield hit by Rhodes. Rhodes’ tapper up the first base line was pursued by the catcher, the pitcher, and the first baseman. Flowers rounded third and never let up, and in a foot race to the plate with the catcher, squeaked in just in time for the run. Rhodes advanced to second on the play and then stole third. She later scored on a misfielded grounder off the bat of Mango.


Lail tossed six innings for the win while upping her season won-loss record to 18-13. She allowed only three hits and struck out three without issuing a single free pass. The lone run off of the freshman was of the unearned variety in the second inning.


Flowers led the Ladies’ offensive attack by going 3-for-6 on the day with two runs and a pair of stolen bases. Rhodes and Lail each went 2-for-5 with an RBI while Rhodes added two runs and two walks to her stat line.


Centenary and Western Illinois while face-off again tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Centenary softball complex.