Colonels Bested by No. 5 Berry in SAA Doubleheader
MT BERRY, Ga. (CentreColonels.com) - The Centre softball team dropped a pair of games to fifth-ranked Berry by scores of 5-0 and 6-2 on Saturday afternoon to open Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play. Pereniall power Berry came into this weekend's slate off back-to-back sweeps of top-10 opponents in No. 7 Texas Lutheran and No. 4 Emory the previous two weekends.
The Colonels fall to 2-4 on the season with an 0-2 mark in the SAA while the Vikings boost their records to 12-0 and 2-0 in conference action.
The Colonels will look to avoid the weekend sweep tomorrow with first pitch set for noon in the Peach State.
Game One: Berry 5, Centre 0
After the Vikings jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, a Centre error to start the bottom of the third led to Berry plating three more runs to pull away with the victory in game one.
Centre left five runners on base and were held to a pair of base hits in the ball game, but held the high-powered offense to its second-fewest runs in a game on the season.
Junior pitcher Erika Brewer (Frenchburg, Ky.) went 2.1 innings in the circle, striking out two and allowing two earned runs, before senior pitcher Elysse Petrie (Danville, Ky.) tossed 3.2 innings of relief, limiting the Vikings to one run on four hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Game Two: Berry 6, Centre 2
Centre got on the board in the first frame when senior pitcher Jessika Young (Leitchfield, Ky.) helped herself with a run-scoring single to right field.
The Vikings would take the lead in the bottom of the first off a three run home run before adding a run in the second.
The Colonels cut the lead down to two in the third inning when Aubuchon cracked an RBI single down the right field line. The Colonels would leave two runners on base in the fifth before the Vikings tacked on two runs in the sixth to seal the win.
Young and Petrie each went three innings in the circle for the Colonels. Petrie did not allow an earned run during her three-inning outing.
Aubuchon was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk for Centre, while junior second baseman Ellen Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored for the Colonels.