NOTE: This is the ninth of a weekly summer series on athletics.covenant.edu highlighting some of the top athletic moments and accomplishments from the 2015-16 academic year. This is not a ranking, or even a full comprehensive list, because of the many great accomplishments Covenant athletic programs had during the year. We hope you enjoy a look back at the many triumphs of the Covenant Scots during the 2015-16 year. --- Andrew Mindeman, Sports Information Director.
The Covenant baseball team plays a tough schedule year in and year out and 2016 was no different. The Scots played against three nationally-ranked opponents during the year, including a three-game series with No. 4 Emory.
The series opener with the Eagles on March 18 on Lookout Mountain became the Scots' signature win of the year. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Covenant rallied with a pair of runs to take the lead and would hold on in the ninth for a 4-3 victory.
The comeback started in the sixth as Covenant fell behind 3-1, but a Perry Rigby solo homer in the inning drew Covenant to within 3-2.
In the eighth, Covenant was facing Emory closer Kyle Monk, who was named an All-American at the end of the year. Trenton Nobles beat out an infield single to leadoff the inning and Z Arima followed with a single to put runners on the corners with nobody out. After a Rigby sacrifice bunt, Taylor Bloye lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Nobles and tied the score at 3-3. Pinch-hitter Ryan Gosney then stepped in and laced the second pitch of his at-bat into center field for a go-ahead single scoring pinch-runner Kyle Delk from third.
Alex Kerr came on in the ninth and worked a perfect inning to complete the comeback win.
The victory over the fourth-ranked Eagles is the highest-ranked opponent Covenant has defeated in the NCAA era of the program. Emory went on to play in the NCAA Division III World Series for a third straight year.
Previous Top Moments:
June 2: Sneller's Phenomenal Rookie Year
June 9: Men's Soccer Wins Season Opener
June 16: Harvie's Historic Year
June 23: Volleyball Wins USA South Title
June 30: Softball Rallies at Ferrum
July 7: Women's Basketball Wins in 3 OT at William Peace
July 14: Women's Soccer Takes Wins over Sewanee, NC Wesleyan
July 21: Big Year for Women's Tennis
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