Softball Sweeps Wesleyan in USA South opener

Carsyn Stone (photo credit: Nina Grauley/Sports Information)
Carsyn Stone (photo credit: Nina Grauley/Sports Information)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant softball team shook off the rust from not playing a game in nine days and swept Wesleyan in a USA South doubleheader on Friday afternoon. Covenant took game one 7-0 before earning a 13-5 victory in the finale.

Because of a rain out earlier this week, the Lady Scots had not played since last Wednesday. The wins snapped a four-game losing streak for Covenant (6-4, 2-0 USA South). It was also the second time this season that the Lady Scots have swept Wesleyan (2-10, 0-4 USA South).

GAME ONE: Covenant 7, Wesleyan 0

Carsyn Stone carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning and the Covenant offense came to life in the late innings to pull away for a 7-0 win.

Stone (2-2) allowed three hits and struck out three over six innings of work to pick up the win. The right-hander did not allow a hit until Claire Crawford singled to center field with two outs in the fourth inning. Stone retired nine straight batters at one point in the contest. 

The Lady Scots scored two runs in the home half of the first inning. Madalyn Ames led off with a walk and later scored on Shannon Schmitt's RBI single to center field. Casey Grover added an RBI single two batters later to give Covenant the 2-0 lead.

In the fifth, Covenant scored twice more. Shade Epes had a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Jordan Brett to make it 3-0. Jami Johnson followed with a double to right-center field that enabled Grover to score from second. In the sixth, Brett drove in Ames with an RBI double off the top of fence in center field and Grover drove in two runs with her single to left field for the final margin.

Grover finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Brett was also 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Madyson Gibbins added two hits in three at-bats. Covenant out-hit Wesleyan 12-4 in the contest.

Valerie Clower (1-5) got the loss for Wesleyan as she went six innings and allowed five earned runs. McKenzie Shelpman had two hits for the Wolves.

GAME TWO: Covenant 13, Wesleyan 5

The Lady Scots earned eight walks and scored in every inning to complete the doubleheader sweep with a 13-5 win in the finale.

Covenant again struck early as an Erika Mast sacrifice fly scored Ames in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead. The Lady Scots added three more runs in the second as Gibbins drew on of those eight walks with the bases loaded before a Wesleyan error and an RBI fielder's choice resulted in two more runs and a 4-0 lead for Covenant.

The Lady Scots' biggest inning was a five-run third. Jami Johnson and Kaitlyn Sirmons delivered consecutive RBI hits, with Sirmons' being a double that plated two runs. Ames drove in Jami Johnson with a fielder's choice and Mast capped the inning with an RBI ground out to make it 9-0.

After Wesleyan scored three in the fourth, Covenant tacked on four more runs. Gibbins reached on an infield single that allowed Brett and Kirsten Aanensen, from second base, to score. Stone then singled down the right field line that brought in two more runs.

Cris Gant (2-1) went four innings and allowed three runs on two hits with four strikeouts for Covenant. Eight different players recorded one hit for the Lady Scots, while Mast drove in three runs.

Crawford (0-3) got the loss for Wesleyan.

UP NEXT

Covenant will travel to Berea on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

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