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@CentreBaseball Earns Doubleheader Sweep at Millsaps
JACKSON, Miss. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre baseball team picked up a doubleheader sweep of Millsaps on Friday evening in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) action at Twenty Field, topping the Majors 8-6 in the opening game of the twinbill before defeating the hosts 3-2 in the nightcap.
The Colonels improved to 13-7 overall and 4-4 in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play with the sweep, while Millsaps drops to 10-14 on the season and 1-6 in the conference.
The victories mark the first for Centre in Jackson since 2013.
The Colonels will go for their first three-game conference series sweep since 2011 when they battle the Majors on Sunday, March 26 at noon CT.
Game One: Centre 8, Millsaps 6
The Colonels built an 8-1 advantage before staving off a late Millsaps rally en route to the 8-6 conference triumph.
After Millsaps got on the board in the home half of the second inning, Centre answered with a three-run third inning to gain a 3-1 lead.
Freshman center fielder Will Kirk's (Morgantown, N.C.) RBI double to right center field evened the game at 1-1, before a single by sophomore right fielder Drew Schacht (Lexington, Ky.) plated Kirk to put the Colonels on top. Senior left fielder Alex Richardson (Mt. Washington, Ky.) pushed the Centre edge to 3-1 with a run-scoring double to right field.
In the top of the fourth inning, sophomore catcher Cameron Duggins' (Knoxville, Tenn.) sacrifice fly extended the Colonels' advantage to 4-1 followed by a three-run seventh frame for Centre, highlighted by a Richardson RBI single.
Duggins would plate another run in the eighth stanza, connecting on an RBI double to left field, scoring freshman second baseman Parker Selin (Lexington, Ky.) on the play.
Trailing 8-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Majors plated five runs, including four with two men out in the inning.
A double by Jon Dale Dieckman minimized the Centre lead to 8-2. With two down, Wes Lassere struck out swinging but reached on a wild pitch on the third strike which scored another run for Millsaps. In the next at-bat, Brennan Ducote belted a three-run home run over the left field fence to bring the Majors within three at 8-6.
Following a double by Chase Calloway which brought the tying run to the plate, senior pitcher Jordan Short (Neon, Ky.) shut the door, forcing a groundout to clinch his second save of the season.
Richardson finished 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI, while Duggins was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Schacht went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run. In addition, freshman third baseman Matt LaPoint (Freeport, Maine) was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored on the day.
Senior pitcher Trevor Brewer (Bowling Green, Ky.) earned the win on the mound to improve to 3-1 on the year, allowing one unearned run and scattering seven hits across six innings with two strikeouts and a walk.
Ducote went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead Millsaps.
Chris Guerin (2-2) was tagged with the loss for the Majors, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits with two strikeouts in three innings of work.
Game Two: Centre 3, Millsaps 2
The Colonels jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when senior first baseman Greyson Evans (Kernersville, N.C.) drove in Schacht with a single to right field.
Millsaps answered in the bottom half of the first with a Lee Ogletree RBI double.
In the sixth, Centre loaded the bases as Kirk was hit by pitch to lead off the frame followed by a Richardson single and an Evans intentional walk.
In the next at-bat, freshman designated hitter Seth Hagan (Goshen, Ky.) cracked a two-run single to left field to put the Colonels ahead 3-1.
In the home half of the seventh, the Majors would make things interesting, as Ducote hit an RBI single to left field to left field to shrink the Centre lead to 3-2.
Following an Ogletree infield single which loaded the bases, Jordan Short sealed his second save of the day by forcing Chase Callaway to pop out to third base to close the game.
Short collected his third save of the season, tossing 2/3 inning to cap the victory for the Colonels. Schacht hurled the first 6 1/3 frames for Centre, earning the win to boost his record to 2-3 on the hill this season. He limited the Majors to two runs on four hits with a strikeout and a pair of walks.
Evans went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and walk on the day, while Hagan finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Jacob Mardrick (4-2) suffered the loss for Millsaps, allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
Ogletree was 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Majors at the plate.