CHATTANOOGA -- Behind strong hitting and pitching, the Covenant softball team got back on track with a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee Temple by scores of 13-0 and 16-2 on Tuesday evening at Warner Park in Chattanooga.
Covenant gets its record back to .500 at 3-3 and snaps a quick three-game losing streak in the process. Tennessee Temple is still winless in its first year of varsity softball.
Fresh off being named Covenant Player of the Week, Beth Harris went 6-for-7 in the two games with a home run and six runs batted in. Courtney Wagoner added four hits and three runs driven in as well. Covenant outhit the Lady Crusaders 23-5 on the day.
Game One - Box Score
Covenant struck for six runs in the top half of the first inning in game one. Batting with two runners on, Harris launched her fourth homer of the season over the left field fence to put the Lady Scots up 3-0. Covenant then took advantage of three Temple errors to score three more runs in the inning.
The Lady Scots added four runs in the second inning and scored three more times in the third inning before letting off in the later innings.
Chelsea Krafft started game one, but only threw one inning before being replaced by Cori Hilt. Hilt (1-2) picked up the win after going four innings and allowing just two hits while striking out six and walking one.
Game Two - Box Score
In game number two, Covenant again scored multiple runs in the first inning. Harris was in the middle of the action as her two-run single to center field plated Christine Core and Jenni Jobe to put the Lady Scots up 2-0.
Temple answered back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the first. Raven Pope singled home Whitney Hughes and Dakota Wright tied the game at 2-2 when she reached on an error that allowed Pope to score.
But the Lady Scots responded in a big way as seven runs crossed the plate in the second inning to open up the game. Harris had another run-scoring single when she brought home Meagan Hess. Covenant had just two hits in the inning, but capitalized on mistakes by the Lady Crusaders.
Covenant would add two more runs in the third inning and five additional runs in the fourth inning to wrap-up the doubleheader sweep.
Harris (1-0) also started game two in the circle for the Lady Scots as she was credited with the win. The senior went three innings allowing two runs on two hits, while punching out six batters. Hilt pitched two no-hit innings with five strikeouts to finish out the game.
The softball team will return home on Saturday with a doubleheader against Rust College. First-pitch of game one is scheduled for 1 p.m.