Neu, Cook lead Centre baseball to 11-0 win over Sewanee in series' finale
Sophomore pitcher Kyle Neu (Cincinnati, Ohio) registered his second complete-game shutout in three conference starts and sophomore outfielder Kyle Cook (Mainville, Ohio) scored four runs and drove in two to lead the Centre College baseball team to an 11-0 win over Sewanee Sunday, April 15 in Sewanee, Tenn.
With the win, the Colonels improved to 13-21 overall and 3-8 in the SCAC, while Sewanee falls to 14-19 overall and 3-9 in league action.
Centre scored a run in the first and another in the second with the help of two Tiger errors. Freshman first baseman Pete Eddings (Louisville, Ky.) had a run-scoring single in the second to score Cook for a 2-0 lead after two innings.
The Colonels tacked on three runs in the third. Junior Jason Osterman (Monroe, Ohio) singled home senior catcher Cameron Fishman (Northridge, Calif.) for the first run of the inning and then sophomore Charlie Holland (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored on a fielder's choice to make it 4-0. Freshman Phil Brilli (Powell, Ohio) capped the inning with a run-scoring single to make it 5-0 after three innings.
Cook hit a one-out solo home run in the fifth, his third of the weekend, to extend the lead to 6-0, and then Holland singled home junior Aaron Ammann (Winnetka, Calfi.) in the sixth to give Centre a 7-0.
Following the Holland single, Osterman singled to put runners on first and second with two outs. Cook singled to center field and the ball got past the outfielder and rolled all the way to the fence. Both runners came around to score followed by Cook beating the throw at home to make it 10-0.
The Colonels added a run in the top of the seventh and Neu and the Centre defense did the rest for the 11-0 run-rule victory.
Neu allowed only four hits to the second best hitting team in the conference to win his third game overall and second in conference play. The sophomore hurler walked only one and struck out six in completing his third game of the season.
The Colonels finished with 11 runs on 13 hits, led by Cook's 3 for 3 effort. He also scored four runs and drove in two to cap a weekend in which he reached base safely in 13 of his 14 plate appearances and only made one out all weekend.
Holland, Osterman and Brilli added two hits apiece and each drove in a run with Holland also scoring twice and Eddings driving in two.
Centre will next travel to Maryville, Tenn. to play Maryville College. Start time is set for 5 p.m.