Colonels participate in NFCA’s StrikeOut Cancer campaign in Monday DH
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DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre softball raised money for the American Cancer Society and participated in the NFCA's nation-wide "StrikeOut Cancer" movement Monday in a doubleheader against Mt. St. Joseph's at home.
Each Colonel wore special jerseys featuring names of family and friends affected by various forms of cancer.
On the field, the Colonels (13-11) dropped a pair of close games against the Lions (10-4).
GAME ONE: MSJ 3, Centre 1
Monday's opener began as a pitcher's duel between Centre's Erika Brewer (Frenchburg, Ky.) and MSJ's Sarah Miller.
The first hit for either team came in the bottom of the fourth, when Melissa Collins (Louisville, Ky.) blasted a no-doubter off the scoreboard past the fence left center. It was her fourth homerun of the season.
Mt. St. Joseph broke Brewer's no-hit bid with consecutive singles to begin the fifth, but the Colonels were able to work out of the jam and cling to their 1-0 lead.
The Lions finally got on the board in the sixth in a big way, as Brandy Bunch delivered a three-run homerun to make it 3-1.
Centre got two runners on in the seventh after singles from Lauren Richards (Danville, Ky.) and Charlotte Mabbs (Olivette, Mo.), but couldn't bring any runs across as Miller secured the complete-game victory.
GAME TWO: MSJ 5, Centre 4
Centre nearly rallied to claim a walk-off win in the nightcap, but ultimately fell, 5-4.
The Lions scored in the top of the first on Miller's RBI double, quickly taking a 1-0 advantage against starter Torey Hawkins (Frankfort, Ky.). They added two more in the top of the fourth, making it 3-0.
Centre was held in check until the bottom of the fourth, when Sam Thompson (Louisville, Ky.) drove in Richards with a single up the middle.
Eventually down to their final at-bat, the Colonels loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, chasing starter Brianna Kauf.
Mabbs delivered a RBI single to center, and Ellen Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) followed with a two-run double that made it 5-4.
With the bases loaded and one out, Cassidy Cook (Louisville, Ky.) appeared to have tied the game on a sacrifice fly. But MSJ center fielder Gracie Woodyard cut down the tying run at the plate with a rope from the outfield.
Although they out-hit the Lions eight to five, the Colonels stranded a total of 11 baserunners in the loss.
McKinley Rush (Louisville, Ky.) was solid in four innings of relief, however, allowing two hits while striking out three.
Centre travels to face Millsaps in a three-game Southern Athletic Association series this weekend, beginning Friday with a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. ET.