Scots Falter Against Emmanuel

Scots Falter Against Emmanuel

MASON, Ohio -- For the second time on Thursday, the Covenant baseball team fell behind early and could not overcome a large deficit. Emmanuel scored three runs in the second and four more in the fourth as the Lions took an 8-0 victory.

The loss eliminates the Scots from the semifinal round of the NCCAA World Series. Covenant will wrap-up pool play tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. against Olivet Nazarene.

Emmanuel stands at 1-2 in pool play.

The game was delayed by rain for over an hour. During the delay, players amused themselves by competing in such rain delay classics as jousting, human bowling, among others.

When play finally got under way, Covenant again could not get the bats going. 

Covenant managed just four hits in the contest as Emmanuel starter Joshua Wright limited the offensive attack for the Scots. Covenant had one runner reach second base in the game, and that came with two outs in the sixth inning.

Emmanuel got the scoring going in the bottom of the second. With two outs and nobody on, Tori Patterson and Matt Kennison had consecutive hits, with Kennison's driving in Patterson, to put the Lions ahead 1-0. One batter later, Cory Willig hit a two-run home run to left field to make it 3-0.

The Lions then, essentially, put the game away with four runs in the fourth inning. Willig, Josh Buczek, and Des Harp each had RBI hits in the frame as Emmanuel took a 7-0 lead.

Covenant starter Garrett Kriston (5-3) lasted 4.2 innings before being relieved by Spencer Smith in the fifth. Smith did not allow a hit or a run in 1.1 innings of work.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel's Wright (8-3) went the distance as he allowed just four hits and struck out one while using 83 pitches. Five different players had two hits for the Lions (Josh Buczek, Harp, Patterson, Kennison, and Willig).

Will Cleland was 2-for-3 for the Scots with Scott Gillespie and Perry Rigby each registering one hit apiece.