@CentreCSoftball Pushes Winning Streak to Eight with Sweep of No. 25 Lynchburg
ATLANTA (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre softball team continued its winning ways on Saturday as the Colonels opened their spring break trip with a doubleheader sweep of 25th-ranked Lynchburg at Emory University. Centre extended its winning streak to eight games with the pair of victories, marking the Colonels' most wins in a row since the 2006 season.
Centre (11-7) shut out the Hornets (15-5) 2-0 in game one before winning game two by a score of 6-1.
The Colonels battle another ranked team in No. 18 Emory tomorrow with a non-conference doubleheader beginning at noon ET in Atlanta.
Game One: Centre 2, No. 25 Lynchburg 0
Pitching dominated game one between the Colonels and Hornets with neither team able to get much going on the offensive side. The Colonels were held hitless until the bottom of the fourth frame when junior second baseman Ellen Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) singled through the right side of the infield.
The Colonels got the bats rolling in the sixth inning, as freshman right fielder RileyAnne Sharpe (Huntsville, Ala.) hit a one-out single before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman outfielder Abigail Harper (Louisville, Ky.).
Stephens followed with a double in the next at-bat to score Sharpe from second base. Stephens then scored on a Jessika Young (Leitchfield, Ky.) single.
Starting pitcher Erika Brewer (Frenchburg, Ky.) improved to 4-5 on the season, tossing a complete game and limiting the Lynchburg offense to no runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Stephens paced the Colonels at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and a run scored.
Senior pitcher Elysse Petrie (Danville, Ky.) went all seven innings for the Colonels, allowing just one run on six hits while fanning a batter.
Mary Carter Downing (Lexington, Ky.) got things rolling for the Colonels in the second with a one-out single to right before advancing to third on a Sarah Aubuchon (Lebanon, Tenn.) double.
After a pitching change by the Hornets, Sharpe was hit by a pitch to score Aubuchon.
An RBI groundout by Stephens scored Sharpe, before Young would capped the big inning scoring Harper on an RBI single.
The Hornets threatened in the bottom of the third when Kayla Hugate was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a single by Skylar Dickens, but Petrie would get the next batter to ground out to end the threat.
In the Bottom of the fifth inning, the Hornets would load the bases, but Petrie again worked out of danger and got Mackenzie Chitwood to strike out swinging.
Petrie surrendered her only run of the game when Taylor Mabry tripled to open the bottom of the sixth and later scored on an RBI single.
Harper led Centre at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.