LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant softball team fell for the first time this season as visiting Mount St. Joseph took game one of Saturday's doubleheader by a 5-4 score. Game two was tied 6-6 after six innings and called because of darkness and will be recognized as a tie.
Covenant drops to 4-1-1 on the year, while Mount St. Joseph goes to 1-0-1.
GAME ONE: Mount St. Joseph 5, Covenant 4
The visiting Lions scored the eventual game-winning run on Paige Kiesewetter's RBI single in the top of the seventh to squeeze past the Lady Scots 5-4.
Covenant trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth but scored one in that inning before tying the game at 4-4 with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Back-to-back singles in the fifth from Madalyn Ames and Kasey Hart put runners at the corners with one out for Covenant before the Lady Scots executed a double steal with Ames racing home to cut the deficit to 3-1. In the sixth, Shannon Schmitt doubled home pinch-runner Kaitlyn Sirmons and Madison Quirk followed by reaching on an error that enabled Schmitt to score to make it 3-3. Quirk eventually came around to score on an illegal pitch giving Covenant a 4-3 lead.
But in the seventh, Kiesewetter came through for the Lions with a one out single to right field that plated the go-ahead run.
Morgan Lane and Ames had two hits apiece for Covenant, while Schmitt had the lone RBI. Carsyn Stone (0-1) picked up the loss despite allowing just two earned runs in a complete-game effort with five strikeouts.
Kiesewetter (1-0) also went the distance for Mount St. Joseph allowing two earned runs on six hits and going 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. Morgan Hoehn was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in the win.
GAME TWO: Covenant 6, Mount St. Joseph 6
Mount St. Joseph got out to a 6-0 lead before Covenant rallied to tie the game with a six-run fifth inning, but darkness won the contest as nightfall fell on the softball field. The tie is the first in program history.
Down 6-0 in the fifth, Covenant scored six runs on six hits to tie the game. Hart tripled in Ames and Kendall Whann with one out and Jami Johnson followed with an RBI single that plated Hart to make it a 6-3 game. Lane lifted a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Johnson and Quirk capped the rally with a two-run triple to right field that brought in Jordan Brett and Schmitt.
But neither team could gain a lead in the sixth and the contest was called after two outs in the top of the seventh. According to NCAA rules, the game reverts back to the last equal inning (the sixth) and will be a tie.
Covenant travels to Rome, Ga., to face Berry in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m.
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