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Colonels Blank No. 4 BSC 3-0 in SAA Series Finale
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DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre baseball team earned its first win over Birmingham Southern since 2014 with a 3-0 triumph over the fourth-ranked Panthers in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) series finale on Sunday at Gary Wright Field.
The Colonels snapped an 11-game losing streak at the hands of the Panthers, as Centre last defeated Birmingham Southern on April 12, 2014.
It also marked the first win for the Colonels over the Panthers in Danville since April 18, 2009 and the first win for first-year head coach Drew Briese '00 over Birmingham Southern, where he served as an assistant coach from 2006-16.
Centre improves to 10-6 overall and 2-4 in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play with the victory, while the Panthers drop to 16-5 on the season and 5-1 in league action.
The Colonels got on the board in the fourth inning when freshman second baseman Parker Selin (Lexington, Ky.) singled through the right side to score freshman first baseman Seth Hagen (Goshen, Ky.) and sophomore right fielder Drew Schacht (Lexington, Ky.).
Centre would extend its lead to 3-0 in the fifth frame when Schacht's bunt single plated sophomore shortstop Brahm Whittinghill (Sellersburg, Ind.).
Sophomore pitcher Nick Hoffman (Louisville, Ky.) tossed a gem for the Colonels, hurling seven shutout innings, limiting the Birmingham Southern offense to just four hits. Hoffman fanned seven batters and walked three. He boosted his record to 2-1 on the hill for the year.
Junior pitcher Aaron Scilley (Maysville, Ky.) earned his second save of the season with two innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits.
Selin went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI, while Schacht was 2-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored, a pair of walks and a stolen base on the day. Schacht has now reached base in eight consecutive plate appearances.
John Michael Shirley (1-2) was tagged with the loss for the Panthers, throwing 3.2 innings and allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
David Scott paced the Birmingham Southern offense going 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
The Colonels are right back in action tomorrow hosting intrastate foe Thomas More in a non-conference matchup at 5 p.m. ET at Gary Wright Field. The Saints enter the contest with a 5-3 ledger on the season.