Softball sweeps Sunday doubleheader
DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre softball took two games at home Sunday, defeating visiting Denison, 8-2, and Hanover, 7-5.
The Colonels move above .500 overall with a 9-8 record on the season.
GAME ONE: Centre 8, Denison 2
The Colonels struck early in Sunday's opener, capitalizing on Denison starter Colleen Hoffman's lack of command to plate three runs in the first.
After three walks to lead off the frame, RileyAnne Sharpe (Huntsville, Ala.) scored the game's first run on a wild pitch.
Sarah Aubuchon (Lebanon, Tenn.) then drove in Melissa Collins (Louisville, Ky.) on a sacrifice fly, and Charlotte Mabbs (Olivette, Mo.) followed with an RBI single to bring home Abigail Harper (Louisville, Ky.).
Hoffman would settle in for a bit, but was tagged again in the fourth as Harper launched a two-run homerun over the fence in center. It was the sophomore's first homer of her collegiate career, and plated Sharpe to make it 5-0.
Senior Erika Brewer (Frenchburg, Ky.) was spotless in the circle until the sixth, when the Big Red finally got a pair of runs across to cut the deficit to 5-2.
McKinley Rush (Danville, Ky.) came in and struck out Denison's Ricki Asher to strand a runner at third and get out of the inning.
The Colonels' Brewer and Rush allowed only three hits all game, as the latter struck out three batters in 1.1 innings to close the game.
The Centre bats totaled 13 base knocks, as Stephens, Mabbs and Sharpe each had multiple hits.
GAME TWO: Centre 7, Hanover 5
Centre – playing as the "away" team – began its game against Hanover in similar fashion, scoring three runs in the top of the first after loading the bases with no outs.
Aubuchon singled up the middle to bring in Sharpe, and Mabbs followed with an RBI single to score Collins. Lauren Richards (Danville, Ky.) walked with the bases full to bring in another, making it 3-0.
Hanover scored three in the bottom of the second to briefly tie the game, but the Colonels quickly regained the lead after Thompson's two-run double into left center in the top of the third.
The teams traded runs over the next few innings, but Centre never relinquished its lead as Collins helped power the Colonels offense.
Collins' solo homerun in the top of the seventh – her second dinger of the season – helped seal the victory.
Torey Hawkins (Frankfort, Ky.) earned the win in the circle after pitching five innings, allowing four runs while scattering nine hits. Brewer picked up her second save of the year with two innings of work.
The Colonels head south to compete in the PFX Spring Games in Clermont, Fla. They begin with a Tuesday meeting against Allegheny at 9 a.m. ET.