LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Entering his junior season, David Lockwood has excelled both in the classroom and on the baseball diamond for the Scots. Lockwood, a native of Conyers, Ga., is coming off a sophomore season where he was one of Covenant's leading hitters and also earned academic Dean's List honors.
This upcoming season, Lockwood looks to be the cornerstone for the Covenant offense. He has established himself as the team's best hitter, coming off a sophomore campaign in which he batted .364 with 21 doubles, four home runs, and 41 runs scored, to go along with a .418 on base percentage. The veteran left fielder for the Scots has also learned what it truly means to be a student and athlete in his two years.
"Personally, as a pre-med student, being a student and athlete is a full time job, which carries a lot of responsibilities," said Lockwood. "Prioritizing is a key to school and baseball and using your time wisely is the biggest key to being able to handle being a student and an athlete. On game day, no matter what's going on in life or school, there is something about stepping on the baseball field that gets everything else off your mind."
Lockwood said he decided to come to Covenant after his first visit. "I knew this was the right place for me," he said. "I could tell by the characters of all the guys on the team and the coaching staff that this was the place for me."
As a freshman, Lockwood began the season in a slump at the plate. But halfway through the year, the 6'1" outfielder went on a hot streak and, as opposing pitchers will testify, he hasn't stopped hitting since.
When asked what his favorite moments have been in his first two years, Lockwood immediately brought up come-from-behind wins against Ave Maria and Emory, both from last season. In the Ave Maria game, Lockwood went 3-for-4 in which he had a bases-clearing, go-ahead triple in the seventh inning that gave Covenant a 5-4 win. Lockwood had the game-tying hit and later scored the eventual winning run in another Covenant comeback win over Emory.
Fellow junior Paul Phillips describes Lockwood as being, "absolutely essential to this team both on the field and off. Numbers and talent aside, it is his humility and quiet leadership by example that will really have an impact on us in the spring," added Phillips. "In my opinion, David epitomizes what it means to be a student and athlete at Covenant."
Lockwood and the rest of the Scots are looking forward to another strong season. "This year we bring a very explosive offense to the table," said Lockwood. "From top to bottom we have the big bats to drive in runs, as well as key table-setters that can get on base. We have a young pitching staff that has the talent to rise to the challenge this year and really establish themselves. The potential for a great season is definitely there, if we can put it all together."