Colonels See Winning Streak End at No. 18 Emory
ATLANTA (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre softball team saw its eight-game winning streak snap on Sunday afternoon, dropping a pair of contests to No. 18 Emory 6-4 by scores of 6-4 and 8-0 at Cooper Field.
The Colonels fall to 11-9 on the season while the Eagles improve to 13-7 with the sweep.
Centre returns to action Tuesday, March 21 with a doubleheader at Agnes Scott with first pitch slated for 4 p.m. ET.
Game One: No. 18 Emory 6, Centre 4
Walks plagued the Colonels in game one as Emory plated four runs in the bottom of the third inning on five Centre free passes. The Colonels's late rally fell short as the Eagles held on for the triumph.
Emory added three hits in the home half of the fourth to tack on a pair of runs and gain a 6-0 lead after four frames.
The Colonels would get one back in the top of the fifth when freshman third baseman Sarah Aubuchon (Lebanon, Tenn.) scored on an Emory error.
Aubuchon started the Centre rally in the top of the seventh, hitting a leadoff single up the middle before later scoring on an RBI groundout by freshman right fielder RileyAnne Sharpe (Huntsville, Ala.).
With two outs in the inning, senior first baseman Jessika Young (Leitchfield, Ky.) connected on an RBI single to left field to shrink the Emory lead to 6-3, before junior Lauren Richards (Danville, Ky.) walked with the bases loaded to cut the deficit to two runs.
However, after an Eagles pitching change, the Centre rally would fall just short as Emory pitcher Brittany File stranded three Colonels runners with a strikeout to close the game.
Aubuchon went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored for Centre.
Aubuchon (1-for-2) and freshman second baseman Mary-Carter Downing (Lexington, Ky.) (1-for-2) each registered a base hit for the Colonels.