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@CentreBaseball Splits Senior Day Doubleheader with Sewanee
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre baseball team played their final games of the season at Gary Wright Field on Saturday as they celebrated Senior Day and came away with a split against the Sewanee Tigers. The Colonels lost the opening game 9-6 before rebounding with a 9-1 win in game 2.
In game 1, Sewanee aggressively swung the bats in the opening fame, connecting on a pair of home runs and scoring six runs, putting the Colonels in a hole. Centre chipped away in the bottom half of the first as freshman Will Kirk (Morgantown, N.C.) led off with a base hit and eventually scored after an RBI fielder's choice by senior Trevor Brewer (Bowling Green, Ky.).
The game slowed down after the eventful first inning until the Tigers scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Centre responded with a huge rally. Sophomore Drew Schacht (Lexington, Ky.) drew a leadoff walk, followed by a base hit from senior Alex Richardson (Mount Washington, Ky.). A double by Brewer scored Schacht, and then both Richardson and Brewer scored after an RBI single from freshman Parker Selin (Lexington, Ky.). The run continued as sophomore Cameron Duggins (Knoxville, Tenn.) walked and senior Andrew Olson (Louisville, Ky.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by sophomore Mason Falbo (Mississauga, Ontario) put the fourth run of the inning on the board as Selin scored to make it 8-5.
Sewanee answered in the sixth inning with its third homer of the game, but Centre got the run back when senior Greyson Evans (Kernersville, N.C.) tripled and later scored on a Brewer sacrifice fly. After freshman Michael Flora (Lexington, Ky.) pitched himself out of a jam in the seventh, Centre looked to make one last rally after Duggins led off with another walk, but the Colonels could not get the runner across the plate, eventually falling by a score of 9-6.
The Colonels looked to sophomore Nick Hoffman (Louisville, Ky.) to get the team back on track in the second game and Hoffman answered the bell as Centre's strikeout leader induced a double play in the first inning and recorded four strikeouts across the next two frames.
Meanwhile the Colonels scored three runs in the third inning. Olson walked and freshman Matt LaPoint (Freeport, Maine) bunt singled. After the runners advanced on a Will Kirk sacrifice bunt, a Schacht RBI groundout brought Olson across for the game's first run. Falbo doubled to score LaPoint and then scored himself after an RBI base hit from Evans to make it 3-0 Colonels.
The Tigers got a run back in the fourth but Hoffman avoided further damage. The Colonels added a pair of runs in the fifth as Schacht picked his second RBI of the contest, scoring Kirk with a double. After a Sewanee error, Schacht scored on a single by Selin and the Colonels led 5-1.
The top of the Centre order proved productive once again in the sixth inning as Kirk drew a two-out walk, stole second and then scored after yet another RBI from Schacht. One inning later, Evans singled and freshman Seth Hagan (Goshen, Ky.) drove him in with a triple. Sophomore Wesley Jorette (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) pinch ran for Hagan and scored on a wild pitch to give the Colonels an 8-1 lead. Kirk, who was the toughest out for the Colonels in the game, connected on a triple in the eighth inning. Schacht's sacrifice fly brought home the Colonels' ninth run of the contest. Schacht relieved Hoffman on the mound and pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the game for the Colonels.
Hoffman was brilliant on the mound for Centre, allowing just three hits and one run across eight innings while striking out ten Sewanee batters.
Schacht went 2-4 at the plate with a run while driving in four.
Will Kirk was 2-3 with a walk and three runs, scoring every time he got on base for the Colonels.
The Colonels will wrap up Southern Athletic Association play next week with a three-game set at Rhodes. Rhodes swept Centre in last season's three-game series in Danville.