Softball sweeps DH in Florida, ups streak to six wins
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CLERMONT, Fla. - Centre softball ran its winning streak up to six games Wednesday, sweeping a doubleheader at the PFX Spring Games down in Florida.
GAME ONE: Centre 6, Western New England 0
In the first game of the day against Western New England, Erika Brewer (Frenchburg, Ky.) took the circle for the Colonels and had another excellent outing. Brewer held the Golden Bears offense at bay early on before the Centre bats warmed up in the bottom of the third.
RileyAnne Sharpe (Huntsville, Ala.) and Melissa Collins (Louisville, Ky.) opened the inning with consecutive singles, and after advancing on a fielder's choice, Sarah Aubuchon (Lebanon, Tenn.) drove in the first run of the contest on a sacrifice fly.
After Brewer stranded Golden Bear runners in scoring position each of the next two innings, Centre struck again in the fifth as Sharpe doubled and advanced to third on an error and a bunt single by Abigail Harper (Louisville, Ky.) made it 2-0.
In the sixth inning, Brewer allowed the first two runners to reach, but recorded three strikeouts to keep Western New England at zero in the runs column.
In the bottom of the frame, Ellen Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) led off with a single and Rachel Skinner (Milton, Ga.) followed with a pinch hit single. The runners advanced on a sacrifice and then Sharpe came through once again with a base hit to score Stephens and put the Colonels up by three.
Collins followed with a single to score Skinner and make it 4-0. By the time Harper hit an RBI groundout and Aubuchon singled, the Colonels had put four runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth and gone up by a score of 6-0.
Brewer, who struck out 11 Golden Bear batters for the day, turned it over to freshman McKinley Rush (Danville, Ky.) for the final two outs as the Colonels finished off the shutout.
GAME TWO: Centre 6, Carleton 5 (8 innings)
The second game of the day wasn't nearly as one-sided, but the Colonels delivered timely runs to vanquish the Knights.
Carleton scored first, tagging Centre starter Torey Hawkins (Frankfort, Ky.) for an unearned run in the bottom of the first.
A sacrifice fly from Harper in the third scored Sharpe, tying the game at one until the Knights regained the lead with a RBI single in the fifth.
Centre quickly answered, as Collins crossed the plate after a lead-off triple in the sixth.
Three separate Colonels - Sharpe, Collins and Harper - delivered RBI base knocks in the seventh give Centre its first lead, 5-2.
The Knights reponded with three clutch runs in the bottom of the frame to force extra innings, but only one was needed. Sarah Fly (Franklin, Tenn.) was placed on second to begin the inning, and would later score an unearned run to make it 6-5.
Although Carleton got the tying run to third, Rush slammed the door closed to earn her second winning decision of the season. She finished the afternoon contest tossing three innings while allowing one earned run.
Collins led Centre with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate, including two triples, two runs and a RBI.
Centre closes its spring break trip Thursday, facing Farmingdale State (4:30 p.m. ET) and Wisconsin-Stevens Points (7 p.m.).