MASON, Ohio -- The 2013 NCCAA World Series came to an end for the Covenant baseball team on Friday afternoon. After being eliminated from advancing to the semifinal round on Thursday, the Scots faced off against Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).
Covenant took a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Tigers scored four runs in the sixth to take a 5-2 win. Olivet will play top-seed Cal Baptist at 5 p.m. in the first semifinal game of the day.
The Scots end their season with a 28-19 record. The 28 victories set a new record in modern program history.
Starting pitcher Micah Mabe breezed through the Olivet batting order through the first three innings. The lefty faced 10 batters in those three innings retiring all but one, allowing just a walk.
The bats awoke in the fourth inning for Covenant. Scott Gillespie began the frame with a single to center and scored on a ringing double to right-center field from Sterling Witt to give the Scots a 1-0 lead. Perry Rigby then singled and Chris Rollins drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out.
But Olivet starting pitcher Madison Foster induced a ground ball double play, scoring Witt, and then got out of the inning with a fly ball out. Still, the Scots took a 2-0 lead after 3.5 innings, their first lead since Wednesday against Arizona Christian.
In the bottom of the fourth, Olivet's Daniel Schneider doubled for the first hit surrendered by Mabe to leadoff the inning. Schneider would score on an RBI ground out from Ryan Kern but Covenant held on to a 2-1 lead.
Olivet would take the lead for good with a four-run bottom of the sixth inning. Jordan Hayes led off with a single and was moved to second when Justin Fahy reached on a throwing error when attempting a sacrifice bunt. Adrian Perez drove in one with an RBI single and Matt Davenport later dropped in a bloop single to right field that scored a pair giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead.
Olivet would add one more as they went into the seventh inning ahead 5-2. Covenant got a runner on first in its half of the seventh, but could not bring anyone across.
Mabe (7-3) gets the loss, but the lefty was as effective as he has been all year. Mabe allowed five runs, just three were earned, on five hits striking out three and walking two on 79 pitches.
Gillespie and Witt each was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Witt added a run batted in. David Lockwood and Rigby both collected a hit in three at-bats.
Olivet's Foster (4-3) went the distance allowing two runs on six hits.