Colonels Split SAA Twinbill with Visiting BSC
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre softball team split a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) doubleheader against Birmingham Southern on Saturday, winning game one by a score of 2-0 before falling in game two 7-0. The Colonels' senior day victory over the Panthers marks the first for Centre over Birmingham Southern since 2011.
The Colonels moved to 20-15 overall with the split with a 6-8 mark in conference play. Centre now has 20 wins in a season for the third time in program history and the first time since 2008.
The rubber match between the Colonels and Panthers is scheduled for Sunday at noon ET at the South Campus Field.
Game One: Centre 2, Birmingham Southern 0
Senior hurler Elysse Petrie (Danville, Ky.) tossed a gem on her senior day for the Colonels, pitching seven shutout innings and scattering six hits while striking out three.
Neither team could get anything going on the offensive end, with the Colonels leaving bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning and leaving runners in scoring position in the fourth and fifth innings.
The Colonels were finally able to get on the board in the sixth when junior Madison DeBord (Danville, Ky.) scored on a passed ball. DeBord, who was pinch running for senior first baseman Jessika Young (Leitchfield, Ky.) after a leadoff single, advanced to third on a double by freshman third baseman Sarah Aubuchon (Lebanon, Ky.).
Aubuchon would later score when freshman shortstop Mary-Carter Downing (Lexington, Ky.) reached after an error by the short stop.
Petrie came out in the seventh frame and shut the door on the Panthers, forcing three groundouts to end the game.
Aubuchon went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored to lead the Colonels offense, while Petrie moved to 6-3 in the circle during her senior campaign.
Game Two: Birmingham Southern 7, Centre 0
The Colonels were held to three hits in game two, while the Panthers used a five-run fifth inning to earn a 7-0 victory in the nightcap.
Both teams were hitless until the third inning when Aubuchon singled, but two straight strikeouts ended the Centre threat.
The Panthers would plate two runs after three straight errors by the Colonels. Birmingham Southern struck again in the fifth, scoring five runs on six hits, including a two-run double by Taylor Anderson.
The Colonels would threaten in the bottom of the seventh when Young hit a double to lead off the inning, but Panthers pitcher Haley Crumpton would close the door on the next three Colonels to pick up the complete game shutout victory.
Young finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with a double. She was also tagged with the loss in the circle, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits with a pair of strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings of work.