LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Garrett Kriston twirled a two-hit, complete-game shutout in game one and the Covenant baseball team swept a doubleheader from William Peace on Friday afternoon in USA South action. Covenant took game one 1-0 behind Kriston's effort and then held on for a 5-4 victory in the day's second game.
The wins push the Scots to 14-13 overall and 5-6 in conference play, William Peace drops to 8-18 on the year with a 1-10 record in the USA South.
GAME ONE: Covenant 1, William Peace 0
In a pitchers' duel, Covenant scratched across a run in the sixth inning and that was all Kriston needed as he completed a two-hit shutout to lead the Scots to a 1-0 victory.
Kriston (6-2) was on from the start of the game. The senior right-hander was perfect through the first four innings before allowing a hit in William Peace's Mikey Anerton to leadoff the fifth inning. Still, Kriston worked around the hit and cruised his way to a complete-game shutout on 111 pitches, 77 for strikes. Kriston struck out 11 batters and walked two in his fourth complete-game of the year.
The 11 strikeouts gives Kriston 221 career punch outs, just two shy of the modern program record.
Covenant had chances to score earlier in the game, but cashed in with a run in the sixth. Caleb Bloye doubled down the left field line with one out that put runners at second and third. Julien Amorelli followed with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Z Arima from third.
Trenton Nobles went 2-for-4 for Covenant, while Amorelli was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
William Peace starter Trevor Pence (1-4) matched Kriston for much of the game, but picks up the loss despite going eight innings and allowing one run on seven hits with five strikeouts. Anerton and Christian Neal had the only two hits for the visiting Pacers.
GAME TWO: Covenant 5, William Peace 4
Covenant received another dominating pitching performance out of starter Matt Reitz, but the Scots had to hold off a ninth inning rally from the Pacers to take game two 5-4.
Reitz (1-4) picks up his first collegiate victory as he went eight innings allowing two runs on six hits with a season-best seven strikeouts. Much like Kriston in game one, Reitz started off strong as he did not surrender a hit until the fourth inning.
Covenant plated three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-0 lead. Luke Harvey led off with a walk and then stole second and third before scoring on a Nobles sacrifice fly to center to make it 1-0. After Caleb Bloye singled and stole second, Amorelli delivered an RBI single to center that enabled Bloye to score. Alex Kerr followed with an RBI single of his own as Amorelli came around to score giving the Scots a 3-0 lead.
The score remained 3-0 until Covenant added a run in the fifth. Nobles beat out an infield single that scored Devin Cerrato from third with two outs in the inning for a 4-0 lead. In the eighth, Kerr plated pinch-runner Kyle Delk with a sacrifice fly to right field to make it 5-0.
Those extra runs came handy as William Peace put together a rally in the top of the ninth. Derek Beale and Tyler Tilson had RBI singles before Neal hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run to cut the Scots' lead to 5-4. Reliever Ray Brooks was able to retire the final two hitters to secure the victory.
Nobles went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Kerr was 1-for-2 with two runs batted in. Caleb Bloye added two hits in four at-bats with a run scored.
Pacers starter Wes Dumford (0-4) allowed three earned runs on five hits in five innings of work. Cullen Cicotte went 2-for-3 to lead William Peace offensively.
Covenant and William Peace will play game three of the conference series on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
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