Colonels Cap Spring Break Trip with Split at Covenant
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga. (CentreColonels.com) - The Centre softball team finished off its 2017 spring break trip on Wednesday afternoon, splitting a non-conference doubleheader at Covenant, winning game one 7-1 before dropping game two by a score of 6-4.
The Colonels close the trip 5-3, winning three of their last four to improve to 14-10 on the season. Centre now returns home for a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) doubleheader this Saturday, March 25 against Millsaps starting at 2:00pm ET.
Game One: Centre 7, Covenant 1
The Colonels used a three-run first inning to jump out to an early lead, while senior pitcher Elysse Petrie (Danville, Ky.) scattered seven hits across seven iinnings of work to pick up her fifth win of the season as Centre earned the 7-1 triumph.
A two-run single by sophomore designated player Torey Hawkins (Frankfort, Ky.) gave the Colonels an early 2-0 lead before an RBI double by freshman third baseman Sarah Aubuchon (Lebanon, Tenn.) put Centre up 3-0.
The Colonels then tacked on four runs on just one hit in the sixth inning to gain a 7-0 advantage.
An Abigail Harper (Louisville, Ky.) single would score sophomore catcher Cassidy Cook (Louisville, Ky.) followed by an RBI walk with the bases loaded by senior first baseman Jessica Young (Leitchfield, Ky.).
Freshman right fielder RileyAnne Sharpe (Huntsville, Ala.) scored on a Covenant fielding error before junior Lauren Richards (Danville, Ky.) drew a walk with the bases loaded to plate the Colonels' seventh run of the afternoon.
Covenant would score their lone run of the game in the bottom of the seventh stanza on an RBI double by Jordan Brett.
Harper finished the game 2-for-4 with pair of runs scored and the RBI, while Hawkins went 1-for-3 and with two RBI and Stephens was 2-for-3 with a double and run scored.
Petrie struck out four in the complete-game win, improving to 5-2 in the circle on the year for Centre.
Game Two: Covenant 6, Centre 4
The host Scots jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back to win game two.
The Colonels would respond in the top half of the second inning when freshman catcher Charlotte Mabbs (Olivette, Mo.) hit a leadoff double and later scored on a double by Aubuchon, her sixth double on the season.
Covenant would score in the bottom half of the frame to extend the lead back to three.
Young brought the Colonels back to within two runs when she hit her team-leading third home run of the season with one out in the top of the third.
The Colonels then came within one run in the top of the fifth when Stephens scored on a single up the middle from Young.
However, Covenant would pull away in the bottom half of the frame on a two-run double from Joni Johnson.
The Colonels would try for a late rally in the top of the seventh, but could only muster one run when Richards scored on another RBI single from Young.
Erika Brewer (Frenchburg, Ky.) went six innings for the Colonels, giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
Young lead the Colonels at the plate, going 3-for-4 with the home run, three RBI and a run scored. Mabbs went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored for Centre.