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Centre baseball wins fifth straight, defeats Hanover 10-8
DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre baseball held off a late rally from visiting Hanover on a windy Tuesday evening, winning 10-8 at Gary Wright Field for their fifth consecutive victory.
After trailing by as many as eight runs, the Panthers (2-6) brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the ninth. But Drew Schacht (Lexington, Ky.) slammed the door closed with his fourth save of the season, moving Centre to 7-4 overall.
Centre jumped on the board early, benefitting from heads-up baserunning from sophomore Will Kirk (Morgantown, N.C.). After swiping third base, he gave the Colonels a 1-0 lead on an error from Hanover's catcher.
The Colonels did more damage in the second after leading off with four consecutive hits. Austin Sharkey (West Palm Beach, Fla.) drove in two with a base knock up the middle and Schacht brought in another to make it 4-0 after two complete.
Hanover broke the shutout with a run in the fourth, but Centre quickly got it back on Kirk's RBI groundout in the bottom of the frame.
The Colonels plated four in the bottom of the sixth to really widen the gap, powered by Mason Falbo's (Mississauga, Ontario) three-run bomb over the right field fence. It was Falbo's second homerun of the season. Schacht also picked up his second RBI of the night, making it 9-2.
That's when Hanover caused a scare, scoring six on three hits and an error in the top of the eighth, trimming the deficit to 10-8.
The Colonels would hang on, stranding two Hanover runners in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Sharkey finished 3-for-3 at the dish, driving in two and scoring another.
Falbo smacked a triple and a homer, going 2-for-3 while scoring once and totaling three RBIs.
Schacht, Kirk, Selin and Cameron Duggins (Knoxville, Tenn.) each tallied multiple hits, as Centre racked up 16 total.
A whole stable of Colonel pitchers made appearances in the win, and as a staff Centre struck out eight batters.
Jake Holloway (Franklin, Tenn.) pitched two frames in the start.
The Colonels, who are coming off their first conference sweep since 2011, jump pack into league play with a three-game set against Oglethorpe. First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader at Gary Wright Field is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.