Baseball Completes Third SAA Series Sweep at Centre

Baseball Completes Third SAA Series Sweep at Centre

DANVILLE, Ky. — The Berry College baseball team improved to 20-8 overall and 11-4 in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play on Saturday, taking the final two games of the series off the Centre Colonels 14-4 and 2-1.

The Vikings continue to sit just a game out of first place in the SAA, trailing Rhodes who is 12-3 in league play. 

GAME ONE RECAP:

  • Berry jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after a Casey Whitaker single, a Quinn Smith sacrifice fly and a Tyler Calvert double in the first inning. 
  • Centre then plated four in the second to lead 4-3. 
  • No more runs would cross until the top of the sixth when Spence Johns sent a two-RBI single to right field. Whitaker then singled again to give Berry a 6-4 lead.
  • Berry secured the run-rule victory in the eighth inning, plating eight total runs in the frame. 
  • Will Gibbons earned the win, going 5.0 innings in relief, allowing four hits and no runs. 

GAME TWO RECAP:

  • Trey Rampy earned the start and win in game two, going 5.0 innings, allowing just one run and striking out five. Spence Johns earned a 2.0 inning save.
  • Berry's bats were held quiet until the third when Casey Whitaker hit an RBI double, scoring Zack Walch.
  • Tyler Calvert then scored after stealing third and coming home on an error by the Centre catcher. 
  • Centre's rally came up short, plating just a single run in the sixth off a Casey Klein homer

BERRY STANDOUTS:

CENTRE STANDOUTS:

  • Chris Esselman: 3-for-7, 2 R
  • Tyler Tucker: 2-for-6, R
  • Chris Esselman: L (2-2), 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R

UP NEXT:

Berry will face Piedmont at home on Tuesday, April 3rd.