LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- This week, we will be revealing the top five moments in Covenant athletics from the 2012-13 season. 11 nominees were selected and then voted upon through an online voting contest (counting as one whole vote) and two members of the Covenant athletics department (Associate Director of Athletics Tim Sceggel, and Sports Information Director Andrew Mindeman).
Today is Moment No. 4.
May, 2013 - Baseball selected to first NCCAA World Series
There were many milestones achieved in the 2013 Covenant baseball season. Head coach Doug Simons recorded his 100th career coaching win and the team won a modern record 28 games. But the moment of the season came when it was least expected.
Coming off a 25-13 regular season, the Scots were seeded fifth in the NCCAA Mid-East Region tournament. Covenant found themselves in the loser's bracket after dropping a tough game to top-seed Campbellsville. Facing elimination, the Scots rattled off two victories in the same day to advance to the final day of the tournament.
Unfortunately, for a second straight season the Scots fell to a third-place finish as they dropped a 15-5 decision to tournament host and second-seed Trevecca Nazarene. Knowing the NCCAA would certainly take no more than two teams from the region to the World Series, the Scots packed up and began to make plans to return home for the summer.
However, the Scots would need to hold off on summer vacation plans.
A spot opened up for an at-large berth after another school opted to not participate and Covenant was the next team on the list. For the first time in school history, the Scots were headed to the NCCAA World Series.
What followed were two hectic days of getting the team back together and arranging travel plans for the squad. Local Chattanooga media even took notice of the Scots' success as NBC affiliate, WRCB, came to Lookout Mountain to do a feature story.
Covenant wound up going 0-4 in World Series play, dropping a couple of close games in the process, but the experience was one that players, coaches and fans alike will look back on in fond memory for years to come.
#5 - Women's Basketball upsets Salem in OT