@CentreCSoftball Takes Series at Rhodes with 7-3 Win
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MEMPHIS (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre Softball team picked up a victory in the Colonels' regular season finale on Saturday afternoon with a 7-3 triumph over Rhodes. The victory also gave the Colonels the series win over the Lynx.
Centre caps the regular season with a 22-17 overall mark and an 8-10 ledger in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play.
The Colonels jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning, as a sacrifice fly by senior Jessika Young (Leitchfield, Ky.) got Centre on the board before Sarah Aubuchon (Lebanon, Tenn.) followed with a two-run homerun down the left field line to give the Colonels a 3-0 lead.
The Lynx responded with a pair of runs in the home half of the first to shrink the Centre advantage to 3-2, but the Colonels would plate one run in the second and one in the third to extend their lead to 5-2.
Centre scored on a wild pitch in the second, followed by an RBI double by freshman center fielder Abigail Harper (Louisville, Ky.) in the third frame.
The Colonels added two more runs in the sixth on an RBI single by sophomore catcher Cassidy Cook (Louisville, Ky.) and Brittany Sears (Lexington, Ky.) would steal home to make it 7-2.
Rhodes made a late threat in the bottom of the sixth inning when Christine Hume homered to left to make it 7-3, but Colonel reliever Erika Brewer (Frenchburg, Ky.) would hold on to preserve the Colonels victory.
Young went two innings in the circle before sophomore Torey Hawkins (Frankfort, Ky.) took over, earning the win on three shutout innings while limiting the Lynx to one hit. Brewer closed the door on Rhodes going two strong frames, allowing one run on two hits.
Harper finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, RBI and a run scored while Young would continue her hot streak at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and a run scored.
The Colonels will open next weekend's SAA tournament as the No. 6 seed and will take on the Lynx again at Warner Park in Chattanooga, Tenn. in the seven-team double-elimination tournament.