Colonels Battle Millsaps in SAA Series

Colonels Battle Millsaps in SAA Series

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) - Centre and Millsaps played 21 innings of softball on Saturday, as the Colonels and Majors played all three contests of their Southern Athletic Association (SAA) season series.

Centre fell in game one 3-0, before bouncing back with a 1-0 victory in game two. The Majors took game three by a score of 5-0.

The Colonels return to action this Wednesday, March 29 with a non-conference matchup at Mt. St. Joseph. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 4pm ET in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Game One: Millsaps 3, Centre 0

A pitcher's duel dominated game one through the first five innings, neither team could get anything going against the opposing starting pitchers.

The Majors collected eight hits in the game, including three in the top of the sixth when they scored the game's first run on an RBI single by Rayne Gravat.

The Colonels would threaten in the bottom half of the frame when senior first baseman Jessika Young (Leitchfield, Ky.) hit a leadoff double. Senior outfielder Brittany Sears (Lexington, Ky.) would come on to pinch run but would be stranded on third to end the inning.

The Majors added two more runs in the top of the seventh when Kat Romero hit a bases-loaded RBI single and Kayla Davidson would be hit by a pitch to plate another run to have a 5-0 lead heading into the last half inning. The Colonels would get two runners on, but were not able to advance any across the plate to end game one.

Freshman left fielder Abigail Harper (Louisville, Ky.) went 2-for-3 on the game, while freshman right fielder RileyAnne Sharpe (Huntsville, Ala.) went 1-for-2 with a triple and two walks.

Senior Elysse Petrie (Danville, Ky.) (5-3) would go the distance for the Colonels, surrendering three runs on eight hits with a strike out.

Game Two: Centre 1, Millsaps 0

Young pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up six hits and striking out two to pick up her third win of the season.

The Colonels jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Harper doubled to left to score Sharpe, who had walked earlier in the inning.

The Majors would threaten in the top half of the fourth, getting runners to second and third, but Young would force MK Bozeman to ground out to Mary-Carter Downing (Lexington, Ky.) at short to end the threat.

In the top of the seventh inning, Young battled out of a jam with a runner on third and just one out, getting the next two batters to pop out to end game two.

Aubuchon closed the game going 2-for-3 with two doubles and Harper went 1-for-2 with a double, RBI and a walk.

Game Three: Millsaps 5, Centre 0

In the finale of the three game series which was moved up from Sunday afternoon due to the threat of rain, the Majors scored two in the second and would never look back to take two of three in the conference series. 

Megan Murray hit a two-run shot to deep center field in the top of the second to jump out to the early lead.

The Colonels were held hitless until the bottom of the third when Harper led off the inning with a single, but was later caught stealing second to end any chance of a threat.

Centre loaded the bases in the bottom half of the fourth inning on three straight singles from Sharpe, junior second baseman Ellen Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) and Young, but Majors starter Kayla Davidson worked out of the jam getting the next two batters to pop out.

Murray continued her strong performance for the Majors in the top of the sixth when she plated two more runs with a double down the left field line.

Millsaps would add one more insurance run in the top of the seventh to extend the lead to 5-0. 

Harper and Young continued to stay hot at the plate, both going 2-for-3 in the final game of the series.