LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant baseball team swept the doubleheader over Oglethorpe on Saturday to take a 2-1 series win. The Scots took game one, 4-3, in eight innings before taking the series with an 11-9 win in the finale.
Covenant moves to 2-1 on the year, while Oglethorpe drops to 1-2.
GAME ONE: Covenant 4, Oglethorpe 3 (8 innings)
Game one was all knotted up at zero as neither team could get a run on the board in the first seven innings and all seven runs came in the eighth as the Scots won, 4-3, in dramatic walk-off fashion.
Oglethorpe got the scoring started with an Alec Babb single through the left side to score Austin Jackson who had reached on an error earlier in the inning. The Stormy Petrels did not end there. Shota Barbeau drew a walk and Andrew Mink came around to score to take a 2-0 lead. Dylan Leonard then hit a sacrifice fly to score Jacob Gassert before Adam Carver was able to strikeout Michael Talaga to end the inning.
The Scots responded with a two-out rally started on a Tommy Easley single down the left field line. Brett Kernodle then reached base on a single and Brooks DuBose was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A fielding error by the shortstop kept the inning alive scoring Easley. Jonah Carignan came into pinch-hit and delivered with a walk-off, bases-clearing, double to win the game 4-3.
Kernodle led the Scots going 3-for-4 with three singles. Carignan had all three RBIs for the hosts.
Andrew Cline got the start on the mound and went 5.2 innings allowing six hits, one walk, and struck out nine. Connor Austin went 1.1 allowing two hits, three runs (one earned), with a walk and two strikeouts. Carver (1-0) came in and got the win with a walk and two strikeouts.
Jackson went 2-for-4 and Babb led the guests going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Noah Cole got the start and lasted 5.1 innings allowing four hits, three walks with six strikeouts. Dylan Childress came in and went 0.2 of an inning with one hit and two strikeouts. Caleb Feibus (0-1) got the loss going 1.2 innings allowing three hits, four runs (all unearned), and a strikeout.
GAME TWO: Covenant 11, Oglethorpe 9
The Scots held on despite an Oglethorpe rally to win 11-9 to win the series 2-1.
The Stormy Petrels once again got on the board first. Mink doubled in a run and Oglethorpe was able to plate two more in the inning to take a 3-0 lead after the first.
In the bottom of the third Gonzalez was able to plate Tyler Moore on a sacrifice fly to knot things up at three.
After a scoreless fourth the bats came alive in the fifth. Oglethorpe saw a Barbeau sacrifice fly score Billy Finch to take a 4-3 lead.
The Scots answered big with an eight-run fifth inning. The scoring got started with a DuBose two-out, bases-clearing triple. DuBose later scored on a wild pitch. Moore came through later on in the inning with a three-run double to left center before CJ Edmond singled him home to take a commanding 11-4 lead.
The Stormy Petrels tried to rally in the top half of the seventh scoring five runs highlighted by a Mink three-run home run to left center. Babb later doubled in a run before coming around to score on a throwing error by the catcher. Tyrique Wilmore was able to come in and shut down the rally earning the one out save.
Jackson Heuer started and lasted 6.2 innings allowing eight hits, six runs (five earned), and one strikeout for his first win of the season.
Moore went 2-for-4 in the second contest with three RBIs. Mitchell had a 2-for-3 day while DuBose was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and three RBIs. Grapenthin rounded out the Scots with multiple hits going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Drew Snow got the start on the hill for Oglethorpe lasting only three innings giving up three hits, three runs and walking two batters. Jacob Hawkins (0-1) came in relief and was chased out after only recording two outs giving up three hits, four runs, and two walks to be charged with the loss.
Covenant welcomes Emory & Henry for a three-game series beginning on Friday. The Scots kick things off with a single game on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.
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