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@CentreBaseball Splits Memorable Doubleheader at Safeco Field
SEATTLE, Wash. (CentreAthletics.com) – The Centre baseball team hit the field on Saturday for a doubleheader against Whitman College, the first two games of the four-game Bud Kight Memorial Series at Safeco Field, the 47,943-seat home of the Seattle Mariners. Centre (7-1) claimed a 4-2 victory in the opener of the twinbill before falling to Whitman (7-5) 3-1 in game two.
Despite the venue, there were no apparent nerves for the starting pitchers or defenses in game one, as Centre's Trevor Brewer (Bowling Green, Ky.) and Whitman's Nick Johnson kept the game scoreless through an errorless first five innings.
Centre's offense was sparked in the top of the sixth with a leadoff single from sophomore Brahm Whittinghill (Sellersburg, Ind.). Sophomore Drew Schacht (Lexington, Ky.) followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. Freshman Parker Selin (Lexington, Ky.) plated Whittinghill with an RBI groundout. Senior Alex Richardson (Mt. Washington, Ky.) then drove home Schact with a double for a 2-0 led.
Whitman got one run back in the bottom of the sixth, and another in the bottom of the seventh to knot the score. The Blues would have taken the lead if not for an incredible throw from centerfielder Wesley Jorette (Lawrenceburg, Ky.), who gunned out a Whitman baserunner trying to score.
Schacht walked to begin the top of the eighth before eventually coming around to score on a wild pitch. The Colonels added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning on a Whittinghill single, and senior Jordan Short (Neon, Ky.) worked a 1-2-3 final frame to close out the win. Short worked the final two innings without allowing a run to earn the save.
Brewer allowed one run on six hits in 5.1 innings, while junior Aaron Scilley (Maysville, Ky.) pitched 1.2 innings and allowed one unearned run to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Game 2: Whitman 3, Centre 1
Centre had a golden opportunity to jump out to an early lead in game two, putting runners on the corners with one out. However, a strikeout and a caught stealing ended the threat.
Schacht finished the day 3-for-6 from the plate with three walks. Richardson went 3-for-8 with two RBI.
Centre and Whitman will return to Safeco Field on Sunday for another doubleheader, with the first pitch of game one slated for 10 AM PST.