LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Will Carlton had a home run and three runs batted in and Jordan Lester pitched six strong innings in relief as the Covenant baseball team opened up a three-game series with Milligan with a 9-1 victory on Friday afternoon.
The two teams will play two seven inning games tomorrow starting at 12 p.m. to wrap up the weekend slate. Live stats will not be available for the two contests.
Covenant (2-0) used four runs in the fourth inning and five more in the second to provide all the offensive damage.
In the fourth inning, the Scots took full advantage of four Milligan errors. David Lockwood led off the inning with a double and scored on a fielding error after a single to left field by Scott Gillespie to put Covenant ahead 1-0. Carlton then followed with a two-run home run to left field, his first of the season, making it 3-0.
Later in the fourth, Paul Phillips made it 4-0 in a different way. After being hit with a pitch, he stole second and then scampered all the way home thanks to two Milligan throwing errors on the same play.
Milligan cut its deficit to 4-1 in the top of the fifth as Edwin Soto reached on an error to leadoff the frame and then scored on a Hunter Carpenter RBI groundout.
Covenant responded with five more runs in the fifth to pull away. With the bases loaded, Carlton singled home Will Cleland and then Forrest Hunter knocked in two runs with a single to left field to make it 7-1. Phillips capped the inning with a double down the left field line that scored two more.
Lester (1-0) had an excellent collegiate debut as he relieved starter Micah Mabe in the fourth inning and went the final six frames, allowing one unearned run, to pick up the win. Lester surrendered two hits and struck out two while throwing just 58 pitches, 43 for strikes. Mabe started the contest and threw three innings of one-hit ball.
Carlton, Cleland, Phillips and KC Simons each had two hits on the afternoon for Covenant. Hunter and Phillips also drove in two runs each.
Milligan (3-3) was limited to three hits as Luke Kirk, Dustin Clawson and Soto managed to get singles. Tyler Wilson (1-1) is saddled with the loss as he allowed three earned runs in four innings of work.