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Colonels Off to Best Start Since 1992 After Doubleheader Sweep of Defiance
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – Following a doubleheader sweep of visiting Defiance in the 2017 home opener on Saturday afternoon at Gary Wright Field, the Centre baseball team is off to its best start in 25 seasons with a 5-0 record. The Colonels earned wins of 10-6 and 6-1 on the day over the Yellow Jackets (0-2).
Centre won its first 11 games to start the 1992 campaign the last time the Colonels started the season 5-0.
Centre will look to pick up its second series sweep in as many weekend in the final game of the three-game set tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. ET in Danville.
Game One – Centre 10, Defiance 6
In the first game of the non-conference twinbill, Defiance struck first with a run in the top of the first inning before extending its lead to 3-0 with a pair of scores in the top of the fifth frame.
The Colonels' offense came alive with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, as senior left fielder Alex Richardson (Mt. Washington, Ky.) got Centre on the board with an RBI single followed by an RBI by sophomore designated hitter Mason Falbo (Mississauga, Ontario) to shrink the Yellow Jackets' advantage to 3-2.
In the next at-bat, freshman first baseman Seth Hagan (Goshen, Ky.) belted a two-run double to give Centre its first lead of the game at 4-3.
A Dave Blanch run-scoring single in the sixth evened the game back at 4-4, before the Colonels capitalized on a Defiance error in the bottom of the stanza to retake a 5-4 lead.
Hagan added another RBI in the seventh inning to push the Centre edge to 6-4, but the Yellow Jackets would once again knot the game up with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning.
In the bottom of the frame, the Colonels would plate four runs thanks to a Defiance miscue on a sacrifice bunt, a two-run single by Richardson and a Hagan run-scoring triple to left center field.
Senior pitcher Jordan Short (Neon, Ky.) shut the door with a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the 10-6 win for Centre.
Hagan finished 4-for-5 at the plate with a triple, double and four RBI, while Richardson was 3-for-5 with three runs driven in and a pair of runs scored.
Sophomore right fielder Drew Schacht (Lexington, Ky.) went 1-for-2 at the plate with three runs scored for the Colonels.
Junior pitcher Aaron Scilley (Maysville, Ky.) picked up the win on the mound for Centre to improve to 2-0 on the year, hurling an inning of relief and allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits.
Game Two – Centre 6, Defiance 1
In the nightcap, the Colonels jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Schacht crossed the plate on a double play. Schacht reached base with an infield single to lead off the frame for Centre.
The Yellow Jackets evened the game at 1-1 in the third on a wild pitch, as Zach Reed scored from third base after tripling to the alley in right field.
In the 4th inning, the Colonels would retake the lead for good at 2-1 when sophomore third baseman Brahm Whittinghill (Sellersburg, Ind.) punched a two-out RBI single to left field on a 3-2 count, scoring senior first baseman Greyson Evans (Kernersville, N.C.) from second base.
Centre added to that lead in the fifth stanza when sophomore center fielder Wesley Jorette (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) and Evans hit back-to-back doubles down the left field line to give the Colonels a 5-1 advantage.
Centre tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth frame when Schacht plated sophomore catcher Cameron Duggins (Knoxville, Tenn.).
Schacht went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, run and walk. In addition, Schacht (1-0) tossed a complete game for the Colonels, allowing just one run on four hits, fanning five batters and walking three. The sophomore stranded six Yellow Jacket runners in the game, including the bases loaded to close out the sixth inning.
Freshman second baseman Parker Selin (Lexington, Ky.) finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk, while Evans was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run.