Softball splits opening day at Piedmont Classic
DEMOREST, Ga. – Centre softball split its opening day Friday, beginning the season at the Piedmont Classic in Demorest, Ga.
The Colonels (1-1) defeated Piedmont, 11-3, before falling to Greensboro in the nightcap, 2-0.
GAME ONE: Centre 11, Piedmont 3
The Colonels quickly got the bats going in the season opener, racking up 16 hits while scoring in all five innings in a dominant victory against the host Lions.
Piedmont briefly took a 3-1 lead, but RBIs from RileyAnne Sharpe (Huntsville, Ala.) and Cassidy Cook (Louisville, Ky.) in the in the bottom of the second would tie the game and be the first two in 10 unanswered runs for the Colonels.
After two runs in the third, Centre broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning. The Colonels got RBI singles from Aubuchon, Lauren Richards (Danville, Ky.) and Abigail Harper (Louisville, Ky.) before Mary-Carter Downing (Lexington, Ky.) brought in two more with a base knock.
Aubuchon would finish 3-for-4 at the dish with a pair of double, driving in three runs while scoring one.
Stephens also went 3-for-4, scoring twice, and Richards, Skinner, Cook and Harper each finished with multiple hits.
Centre starter Erika Brewer (Frenchburg, Ky.) scattered nine hits while allowing three earned runs. She kept the Lions off the board in the final three innings.
GAME TWO: Greensboro 2, Centre 0
Greensboro starter Maddy Wetherholt silenced the Colonel bats in the evening affair, throwing a complete-game shutout while striking out six batters.
The Pride scored their first run in the bottom of the third, when Regan Lockwood laid down a sacrifice bunt before crossing the plate on a RBI single by Cayleigh Norton.
Greensboro was able to add another run to their lead in the fifth inning.
Sophomore Charlotte Mabbs (Olivette, Mo.) tripled in the top of the seventh for the Colonels, but Greensboro cut her down at the plate to squash a Centre comeback bid.
Mabbs went 3-for-3 at the plate for Centre, accounting for half of the team's hits. Harper went 2-for-3 to finish the day with four base knocks.
Freshman McKinley Rush (Danville, Ky.) pitched four innings for the Colonels, getting the start.
Centre returns to action Sunday with a rematch against Greensboro at 9 a.m. ET and a game against Pfeiffer at 11.