Centre drops softball doubleheader at Rhodes

Centre drops softball doubleheader at Rhodes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Centre softball team had an unexpected road trip this weekend as inclement weather pushed the Colonels' home series with Rhodes to the home turf of the Lynx, and Rhodes took advantage with a pair of victories on Saturday.

GAME ONE: Rhodes 5, Centre 2

In the first game the Lynx got on the board first with a solo home run by Jill Healy. Rhodes made it 3-0 in the fourth inning after Kendall Henry connected on a two-run homer of her own. Rhodes tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth on three consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly before Centre's offense woke up.

Cassidy Cook (Louisville, Ky.) led off with a double and RileyAnne Sharpe (Huntsville, Ala.) walked. After advancing, both runners crossed the plate when Sarah Fly (Franklin, Tenn.) came through with a clutch base hit and Centre had cut the lead to 5-2. But that proved to be the final threat as Centre only managed four hits for the game.

GAME TWO: Rhodes 5, Centre 4 (10 inn.)

Centre took the lead to start the second game in the bottom of the first as Melissa Collins (Louisville, Ky.) blasted a solo home run.

In the fourth inning, the Colonels had a three-run rally with two outs. Sam Thompson (Louisville, Ky.) plated the first run after drawing a walk with the bases loaded. Then Cook rifled a single up the middle, scoring Ellen Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) and Charlotte Mabbs (Olivette, Mo.) to give Centre a 4-0 advantage.

Rhodes quickly responded in the next frame with a three-run homer by Karrah Flores to cut the deficit to one run and then tied the game in the sixth inning with an RBI single.

For the next three innings, pitching and defense took over as both teams only managed to put a runner in scoring position once during that span. Once the game reached the tenth inning, both teams began the frame with a runner on second base. Rhodes scored to go up 5-4 after a clutch RBI double. When it was Centre's turn, the Colonels advanced the runner to third but could not bring her across the plate as Rhodes took the doubleheader sweep with a 5-4 win in ten innings.

The third game in the series will take place on Sunday afternoon.