EIGHT CONFERENCE TITLES (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987)
Colonels Drop SAA Doubleheader to No. 4 Birmingham Southern
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) - The Centre baseball team fell to perennial power Birmingham Southern by scores of 9-0 in game one and 1-0 in extra innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) action at Gary Wright Field.
The Colonels move to 9-6 on the season and 1-4 in SAA play while the fourth-ranked Panthers boosted their overall record to 16-4 while improving to 5-0 in the conference.
Centre will look to avoid the series sweep on Sunday with first pitch slated for noon ET at Gary Wright Field.
Game One - #4 Birmingham Southern 9, Centre 0
Senior pitcher Trevor Brewer (Bowling Green, Ky.) held Birmingham Southern to just two runs on six hits through seven innings of work before the Panthers capitalized on Centre errors in the final two innings, tallying a total of seven runs in the final two frames en route to the win.
Reigning first team All-American Ryan Gaines improved to 6-0 on the mound on the season for Birmingham Southern, hurling eight shutout innings and limiting the Colonels to three hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
Sophomore catcher Cameron Duggins (Knoxville, Tenn.) paced the Centre offense going 2-for-4 at the plate on the day.
Brewer suffered his first loss of the season to drop to 2-1, fanning three batters to go with one walk.
Game Two - #4 Birmingham Southern 1, Centre 0
The Panthers edged the Colonels in a pitcher's duel which could not be decided in seven innings.
Both Stephen Himic and sophomore Drew Schacht (Lexington, Ky.) went all nine innings, with Himic getting the better of host Centre to improve to 5-0 on the year.
In the top of the ninth frame, shortstop David Scott scored the deciding run on a fielder's choice after leading off the inning with a walk, moving to second on a sacrifict bunt and advancing to third base on a wild pitch.
Scott's run would prove to be the difference as Centre was unable to cross the plate in the final inning.
Schacht limited the Panthers to just four hits on the day, fanning two batters to go with a pair of walks.
Himic allowed six hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Schacht also reached base in all four of his at-bats, going 2-for-2 with two walks in the contest.