Centre softball takes one of three at BSC

Centre softball takes one of three at BSC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Centre softball team began its Southern Athletic Association slate in 2018 with a trip to Birmingham Southern to face the Panthers, winning one of three contests.

GAME ONE: BSC 11, Centre 1

In the opening game, Birmingham Southern put Centre in a hole early with five quick runs in the first inning.

The Colonels got a run back in the top half of the second when junior Cassidy Cook (Louisville, Ky.) drove home sophomore Charlotte Mabbs (Olivette, Mo.), but the one run was all Centre could muster against Panthers ace Haley Crumpton.

BSC tacked on a two-run homer in the third and four more runs in the fourth, ending the game at 11-1 in the fifth when the Colonels failed to get a runner across the plate.

GAME TWO: BSC 4, Centre 2

Centre struck first in the fourth inning of game two, starting with a one-out single by reigning SAA Player of the Week Sarah Aubuchon (Lebanon, Tenn.), who was then brought home after a triple from sophomore Abigail Harper (Louisville, Ky.).

Freshman Sarah Fly (Franklin, Tenn.) came to the plate next and delivered the Colonels' third consecutive hit, scoring Harper to put Centre up 2-0. A double play ended the Colonels' threat and the Panthers responded in the bottom half of the inning, tying the score on a single and a wild pitch.

In the fifth inning, the Colonels failed to capitalize with a runner on third and one out. BSC loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and a walk and a single put the Panthers on top 4-2.

Centre only had one baserunner the rest of the way as the bats went cold in the final two innings.

GAME THREE: Centre 8, BSC 6

The Colonels came out on top in a rain-shortened game three. After falling behind 3-0 in the first, Centre scored six unanswered in the second inning to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Centre's Ellen Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) drove in two with a single up the middle, and RileyAnn Sharpe (Huntsville, Ala.) tied the game by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

Stephens came around to score on a wild pitch, making it 4-3, and two more crossed on Fly's single later in the inning.

BSC pulled closer on a two-run homer in the bottom of the third, but a two-RBI double from Melissa Collins (Louisville, Ky.) in the fourth insured the Colonels' victory.

Centre is back home next weekend, hosting Hendrix Mar. 3-4 for a three-game series.