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Baseball Muscles Past Georgia Gwinnett, 13-12

Baseball Muscles Past Georgia Gwinnett, 13-12

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- On a cold and windy night outside of Atlanta, the Covenant baseball team used 13 runs on 15 hits to knock off host Georgia Gwinnett 13-12. The game was a makeup from one of the two rained out ballgames on Saturday afternoon.

Covenant (16-4) got hits from all but one starter and also took advantage of five GGC errors on the night.

The Scots struck for two runs in the opening frame as Sterling Witt delivered an RBI single and Will Cleland later scored on a wild pitch. After GGC had taken a 3-2 lead with three runs in its half of the first, Covenant exploded for seven runs in the third.

In that third inning, Witt and Paul Phillips each connected on their first home runs of the season. Witt's was a two-run shot to right field, while Phillips produced a three-run homer down the right field line. In all, the Scots scored seven times on seven hits to take a 9-3 lead.

Covenant would hold on to that lead, but GGC chipped away and finally tied the score at 11-11 in the eighth inning.

The Scots would quickly take the lead for good again in the ninth. Consecutive fielding errors by GGC allowed Phillips to score and Lockwood gave the Scots a needed insurance run with a single that brough home K.C. Simons to make it 13-11.

Reliever Spencer Smith (1-0) picks up his first victory of the season as he threw three innings allowing one earned run on five hits. Garrett Kriston and Keith Rice each tossed three innings.

Lockwood went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Witt and Phillips each had two hits and three RBIs with Cleland and Simons also adding two hits apiece.

Georgia Gwinnett (20-8) was led offensively by Robbie Payne's 4-for-6 performance with three runs scored and three runs batted in. Sloan Strickland added three hits and three RBIs.

Covenant will try to brave the cold temperatures again on Tuesday as they host Maryville in a nine inning game. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

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