MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- The Covenant baseball team was swept in a three-game series at Maryville over the weekend. In game one on Friday night, Maryville took a 15-1 victory before winning twice on Saturday by scores of 4-1 and 5-1.
The losses drop Covenant to 8-8 overall and 2-4 in the USA South. Maryville goes to 14-3 on the year with a 5-1 conference record.
After being defeated on Friday night, the Scots took an early lead in Saturday's first game. In the second inning, Alex Kerr led off with a double and later scored on an RBI single from Trenton Nobles to give Covenant a 1-0 lead.
That lead held until the bottom of the sixth when Maryville's Zack Blonder stole home to tie the score at 1-1. With the score still tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Maryville got two runners on and Chris Ervin launched his second home run of the series, a three-run shot, that gave Maryville a 4-1 lead.
Covenant's Luke Harvey led off the ninth with a walk but he was erased on a ground ball double play that ended the Scots' threat.
Covenant starter Matt Reitz (0-2) was effective in his start going eight innings and allowing four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Reitz's counterpart, Jeremy Ibarra (3-2), went the distance scattering six hits with one run and two strikeouts.
In the series finale, Maryville scored a run in the seventh and hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the bottom of the eighth to complete the three-game sweep with a 5-1 win.
Covenant took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Caleb Bloye singled home Harvey. That lead stood until the seventh.
Maryville pulled off a double steal in the bottom of the seventh that plated the tying run. In the eighth, Maryville's Greg Vourloumis hit a two-out grand slam to break the 1-1 tie and give the hosts the victory.
Covenant will host Hampden-Syndey on Monday at 2 p.m. on Lookout Mountain. It will be the first meeting all-time between the programs.
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