MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. -- The Covenant baseball team scored 15 runs on 21 hits in two games on Saturday as the Scots swept a doubleheader from Milligan. Covenant took game one 9-4 before staging a five-run sixth inning in game two to erase a 3-1 deficit and claim a 6-5 victory.
Covenant moves to 6-1 on the season, while Milligan drops to 7-4 overall.
Game One: Covenant 9, Milligan 4
All but two starters earned at least one hit as Covenant banged out nine runs on 12 hits to earn a 9-4 victory.
Covenant scored three runs in the first inning with run-scoring singles from Witt and Rigby and on an error by Milligan to take a 3-0 lead. The Scots added two more runs in the second inning as Lockwood tripled home Cleland, and then scored himself on a passed ball, to make it 5-0.
Milligan scored a run in its half of the second and then cut the Covenant lead to 5-4 in the third inning. Brett Mercurio singled in a run and two batters later Brandon Malone doubled home a pair of runs for the Buffaloes.
Covenant pitching would shut Milligan down the rest of the game and the Scots added two runs in both the fifth and seventh innings.
Milligan starter Ethan Fleenor (1-1) is saddled with the loss as he surrendered five earned runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings of work.
Game Two: Covenant 6, Milligan 5
In game two, Covenant rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a run in the fifth and five more in the sixth inning as they claimed a 6-5 win to finish off the sweep.
Trailing 3-0 heading into the top of the fifth, Covenant got on the board with a one-out double from Rigby that plated Gillespie from second base to make it 3-1.
In the sixth inning, the Scots scored five runs on three hits. Simons and Cleland earned back-to-back walks with one out then Lockwood singled home Simons to cut the Milligan lead to 3-2. With the bases loaded, Witt promptly cleared them with a double to deep right-center field that gave Covenant a 5-3 lead. After a Milligan pitching change, Witt would steal third and score on a Rigby sacrifice fly to cap the inning and give Covenant a 6-3 edge.
Milligan would attempt a rally in its final at-bat as the Buffaloes scratched across two runs. Milligan loaded the bases with nobody out, but two groundouts and a fly ball ended the threat before the Buffaloes could tie the score.
Covenant starter Micah Mabe (3-0) notches his third win in as many starts this season. Mabe went 5.0 innings giving up three runs on six hits while striking out three. Alec Mitchell threw the final 2.0 innings to pick up his first save of the season.
Brett Whittington (2-1) is credited with the loss for Milligan after he allowed five earned runs in 5.1 innings.
Witt finished game two going 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Covenant. Sam Tarlton had a pair of hits and runs scored for Milligan.
Covenant is back in action on Tuesday when they host Sewanee in a single nine-inning game. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. on Lookout Mountain.