LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant baseball team snapped an eight-game losing streak with a comeback win in game one before falling in the finale to visiting Sewanee on Tuesday afternoon. The Scots rallied back from a 7-1 deficit to win game one 8-7, but Sewanee would work a split of the twin-bill with a 10-4 victory in the second game.
Covenant goes to 10-21 on the year, while Sewanee is now 9-19 overall.
GAME ONE: Covenant 8, Sewanee 7
A wild game saw Covenant go down 7-1, before tying the game in the fourth, then winning the contest on a walk-off wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh for an 8-7 victory.
Down 7-1 entering the bottom of the third, Covenant quickly sliced into that deficit by scoring four runs. John Mitchell hammered his first career home run, a two-run shot to center field, to get the Scots within 7-3. Joel Johnson followed with a double and he later scored on a Tyler Moore RBI ground out. A Sewanee error kept the inning alive with two outs and the Scots capitalized when Ken Alexander singled into left field to plate Trenton Nobles and make it 7-5.
The Scots then tied the score in the bottom of the fourth. After Joel Johnson singled with two outs, CJ Edmond ripped a triple into the right field corner to score Johnson. As Edmond headed to third, the throw from Sewanee shortstop Trey Akins got away and Edmond was able to get up and race home to tie the game at 7-7.
In the seventh, Sewanee looked poised to grab the lead again. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Jack Galanek hit a comebacker to Covenant reliever Adam Carver, who tossed home for the first out, however the throw to first on the potential double play ball hit Galanek in the back and appeared to get away enough to allow a run to score. The home plate umpire ruled that Galanek was not in the running lane at first when he was hit, resulting in an out and forcing the runners to return to the base, nullifying the run. Carver then got Tyler Dunbar to foul out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the seventh, Covenant put a runner on third with two away before Sewanee intentionally walked the next two hitters to load the bases. With Trevor Grapenthin at the plate, Sewanee reliever Tyler Minkkinen uncorked a wild pitch allowing Caleb Bloye to score the winning run.
Carver (3-2) was solid out of the bullpen for the Scots as he tossed the final five innings and scattered seven hits and three runs to get the win. Tristen Green made the start and went two innings.
Mitchell was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored, and a homer. Joel Johnson was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
Sewanee employed six pitchers and it was Minkkinen (0-1) that was saddled with the loss. Sam Murray started and went three innings for the visiting Tigers. Drew Mancuso was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Sewanee, while Riley Brandvold homered on the first pitch of the game.
GAME TWO: Sewanee 10, Covenant 4
In game two, Sewanee would hold a big lead and not allow a Covenant comeback as the Tigers split the doubleheader with a 10-4 win.
Sewanee scored six runs in the second inning to grab a 6-1 lead and then added two runs in the third and two more in the sixth. Brandvold was 2-for-4 with his second homer of the day and two RBIs. Chris McNulty and Jake Woolard also had two hits apiece for Sewanee as it out-hit Covenant 10-8.
Covenant got on the board first when Bloye doubled home Devin Cerrato in the first inning. The Scots got within 8-3 in the fourth with a pair of runs as Daniel Johnson and Cerrato produced RBI singles.
Cerrato was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Covenant, while Tyler Moore also had a multi-hit day going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Sewanee reliever Danil McDonnell (1-3) got the win as he went 1.1 innings and struck out two. Andrew Naspinski allowed three runs in 3.2 innings in his start.
Covenant will open a three-game series against Brevard on Friday at 4 p.m. on Lookout Mountain.
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