Colonels Split Opening Day of Maryville (Tenn.) Invitational
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre softball team began the 2017 season on Saturday at the Maryville College Invitational, earning a split with an 11-0 victory over Berea and a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the host Scots.
Game One: Centre 11, Berea 0 (6 innings)
The Colonels jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with six hits through two innings, including three base hits to start the second frame. Sophomore catcher Cassidy Cook (Louisville, Ky.) led off the stanza with a single followed by an RBI triple by junior center fielder Madison DeBord (Danville, Ky.) and a run-scoring single by junior designated player Lauren Richards (Danville, Ky.).
Later in the inning, freshman third baseman Sarah Aubuchon (Lebanon, Tenn.)'s two run single would push the Centre advantage to 6-0.
In the top of the sixth inning, after an RBI single by Aubuchon, freshman left fielder Abigail Harper (Louisville, Ky.) hit a two-run double to left center field before an RBI by freshman shortstop Mary-Carter Downing (Lexington, Ky.) gave Centre the 11-0 edge.
Junior pitcher Erika Brewer (Frenchburg, Ky.) earned the win in the circle for the Colonels, tossing six innings and limiting the Mountaineers to just one hit. She tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts without walking a batter in her eighth career shutout win.
Game Two: Maryville (Tenn.) 3, Centre 0
The Scots (5-1) got on the board in the bottom of the second inning on an illegal pitch by the Colonels.
A pitcher's duel through the first five frames between senior Elysse Petrie (Danville, Ky.) and Maryville's Morgan Corland, it was not until the bottom of the sixth inning until the Scots were able to string together some offense.
With two outs in the inning, Casey Joliff doubled to right center field to plate a run before Essence Strambler's RBI double to left center pushed the Scots' advantage to 3-0.
Corland would hold Centre to just one baserunner in the final inning, sealing the win for Maryville.
Harper paced the Colonels at the plate, going 2-for-3 in the contest.
Petrie suffered the loss for Centre, hurling six innings and allowing three earned runs on nine hits with one strikeout.
Christen Torres was a perfect 3-for-3 in the game for Maryville.
Corland (2-0) tossed the shutout for the Scots on four hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
The Colonels are right back in action tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 19 in Maryville, facing Berea at 10 a.m. followed by another matchup with Maryville at noon.