The Centre softball team began its final series of the regular season with a split of a doubleheader with Rhodes on Saturday at Millenium Park, losing the first game 3-2 before coming back to take the second 7-4.
The scoring in the first game began when each team got on the board in the second inning. After Rhodes took the lead in the top half of the inning, Centre came back to tie when Chelsea Collard (Louisville, Ky.) singled to drive home Katie Martello (Nicholasville, Ky.).
Rhodes went back up 2-1 when Jessica Brown homered in the fourth inning, but Centre answered again with a run in the fifth when Stephanie Preston (Nicholasville, Ky.) doubled into the corner in left field to score Collard. Unfortunately for the Colonels, the difference in the game proved to be the run Rhodes scored in the sixth inning on a Forrest Skelton double. Though the Colonels put runners in scoring position in their last two at bats, they were unable to score to extend the game.
Rhodes kept its momentum going into the second game with a three-run first inning, but the Lynx would manage just one run after that point. Centre got all of those runs back in the bottom of the second on RBI singles by Molly Ely (Riverside, Ill.) and Ashley Christian (Kingsport, Tenn.), followed by a two run base hit to left by Regina Sena (Moss Beach, Calif.).
The big inning put the Colonels up 4-3, and they would lead the rest of the way. Centre took advantage of errors in the third and fifth innings to tack on two more runs, then capped its scoring on a bases loaded groundout by Emily Meador (Scottsville, Ky.) that made the score 7-3 in the sixth.
An RBI single in the top of the seventh chased Emily Landherr (Louisville, Ky.), who earned the win after working 6.1 innings, striking out five and allowing two earned runs. After going the distance in the first game while striking out four and allowing two earned runs, Meador came back to close the door and pick up the save in the second game.
After Saturday's doubleheader, Centre stands at 15-20 overall with Rhodes at 14-15-1. Both teams hold a 6-8 record in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play and will square off in another doubleheader Sunday at noon with the SCAC Eastern Division's final conference tournament spot on the line.