LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant baseball team split with Berea on day two of the series.
The Scots had a shortened run-rule game in the opener defeating the Mountaineers 19-7 in eight innings before dropping the rubber match 5-3 to end the series.
Tyler Moore extended his hitting streak to twelve as he went 4-for-8 on the day with a pair of RBIs.
Covenant is now 9-9 overall and 4-4 in the USA South. Berea moves to 7-11 on the year and 3-6 in conference play.
GAME ONE: Covenant 19, Berea 7
Andrew Cline (3-1) went a complete game and picked up his third win of the season as the Scots took game one 19-7.
Tommy Easly paced the Scot offense going 3-for-5 on the day with five RBIs in game one. Moore and Alex Gonzalez both went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Brooks DuBose had a 3-for-5 day with two RBIs. Ken Alexander had a 1-for-4 day but drove in three of the Scots runs in the runaway victory.
Berea got the scoring started putting up a four-spot in the first inning.
Covenant answered remaining composed cutting the lead in half in the second. DuBose hit an RBI triple to bring around John Mitchell. Just a few batters later Easley had an infield single to bring home DuBose and make the score 4-2.
The two teams couldn't get anything across again until the Scots exploded for a six-run fifth inning to take an 8-4 lead. Gonzalez singled home Moore to cut the lead to one. Covenant took advantage of an error that could have ended the inning and Alexander hit a three-RBI double to take a 6-3 lead that the Scots would not relinquish. Easley then got a hold of one on the next at-bat with a two-run home run to push the lead to four.
Covenant was able to put up three more runs in the seventh for an 11-8 lead. Berea responded putting up three runs of their own in the top half of the eighth.
The Scots put the game away with eight runs in the eighth inning envoke the conference 12-run rule.
Cline went all eight innings scattering eight hits and allowed seven runs to go along with five strikeouts.
Logan Gayheart went 3-for-4 in game one with four RBIs to pace the Mountaineer offense.
Josh Wilson (2-2) got the start but was chased out after 4.2 innings giving up 10 hits, eight runs while walking three and striking out four.
GAME TWO: Berea 5, Covenant 3
The Scots got on board first with a Mitchell two-run single to take a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.
Berea then rattled off four runs and took a 4-2 lead after three innings of play.
Covenant cut the lead to one after Moore singled to shortstop and DuBose came around to score on a throwing error in the fourth.
The Mountaineers had an infield single to take the 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh to score the final run of the game.
Brett Kernodle was the only Scot with a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with a walk. Mitchell had both of Covenant's RBIs.
Jackson Heuer (3-1) got the start on the mound and lasted six innings, and was tagged with the loss. Heuer gave up nine hits and five runs (three earned) with a pair of strikeouts.
Nicholas Bottom went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Cambridge Dacci had a 2-for-4 day with two RBIs to lead the Berea offense.
Griffen Norris (1-4) picked up his first win of the season going the distance, giving up seven hits and allowing three unearned runs while striking out four.
The Scots will host Calvin in a mid-week game on Wednesday on March 20th. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
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