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Colonels rally in the ninth, sweep series at Sewanee
SEWANEE, Tenn. – Centre baseball scored three in the top of the ninth, rallying past Sewanee for an 8-7 victory Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep at Montgomery Field.
The Colonels open Southern Athletic Association action 3-0 and improve to 5-4 overall. The host Tigers slide to 1-11 and 0-6 in-conference.
Centre seemed poised to put Sewanee away early, scoring four across the opening two innings on RBIs from Mason Falbo (Mississauga, Ontario), Cameron Duggins (Knoxville, Tenn.), Drew Schacht (Lexington, Ky.) and Seth Hagan (Goshen, Ky.).
But the Tigers bounced back with three straight runs against starter Sam Shelley (Lexington, Ky.) – two of which were unearned – pulling within 4-3 after four complete.
In the fifth, Duggins would score again after a couple of Sewanee miscues, making it 5-3 after coming across on a balk.
Sewanee's bats came alive in the sixth, as three base knocks and a couple of sacrifice flys saw the home side take its first lead of the game at 7-5.
Centre, which managed only two hits between the third and eighth innings, entered the final inning trailing by a pair.
After a single and two hit batsmen, the Colonels had the bases loaded with just one out on the board. Austin Sharkey (West Palm Beach, Calif.) hit a sacrifice fly, making it 7-6, and Will Kirk (Morgantown, N.C.) followed with a game-changing double to left, bringing two more runs in to regain the lead for Centre.
Schacht closed the door in the bottom of the frame, earning his third save by retiring Sewanee in order.
He was the last in a line of solid Centre relief pitchers, as Sam Wilson (Louisville, Ky.), Jordan Gunter (Louisville, Ky.), Chris Esselman (Louisville, Ky.) and Schacht combined to throw the final 3.1 innings, surrendering just two hits and three total baserunners.
Kirk was a stellar 4-for-5 from the leadoff spot, scoring twice while stealing two bases.
Centre has a midweek meeting scheduled with Hanover this Wednesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET.