LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- In a year that saw transition for the Covenant softball program, the Scots played one of the toughest schedules in program history but still qualified for the USA South Tournament.
In head coach Brie Carmack's first season at the helm of the program, Covenant won 11 games and pushed eventual NCAA Tournament participant Piedmont in the conference tournament. The Scots ended the year 11-24 overall and 6-10 in the USA South.
The schedule was tough on the Scots all year long. Covenant played 11 games against eventual NCAA Tournament teams, while also playing two games against a then-nationally ranked Berry team and two against ECAC champions Pfeiffer.
Sophomore catcher Faith Manning collected All-USA South West Divisions second team honors after batting .320 on the year. Junior Sarah Huskey tossed a no-hitter against Sewanee on Feb. 27, the seventh no-no in program history, and the Scots opened USA South play with a thrilling, comeback win over Berea on March 20 to complete a sweep.
GAME OF THE YEAR
Battling tough weather and opponents in the early part of the season, Covenant got off to a 2-6 start. Facing Judson on the road on March 9, the Scots were playing for the first time in a week and had played four games over a span of 11 days.
After falling in the opening game of the twin-bill, the Scots fell behind in game two. However, late game heroics lifted the Scots back to victory.
Trailing 5-1 in the seventh inning, Covenant scored five runs as Cassee Wood's home run gave the Scots the lead for good in a 6-5 victory. The homer was one of two that Wood hit on the year.
Down by four in the seventh, Covenant got to work quickly as the first two batters reached before Erika Mast produced an RBI single that scored Faith Manning to make it 5-2. Cope Whitaker followed with an RBI single, plating Emma Giller, to draw the Scots within 5-3.
With one out and runners at the corners, Wood launched a three-run homer over the right field fence to give the Scots a 6-5 lead, their first lead of the day. The homer for Wood was the first of her career and the first Covenant home run of the season.
Lauren Kierpa then shut the door on Judson in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the comeback win. Kierpa (1-0) came on in relief and tossed 2.2 innings allowing one run on one hit to collect her first career win.
Wood finished 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Manning, Mast, and Whitaker all had two hits apiece as Covenant strung together 11 hits in the win.
The comeback win sparked a stretch for Covenant where it won five of seven games.
Covenant walked off with a 3-2 victory over Berea on March 20, courtesy of Erika Mast's game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning.
All-USA South West Division
Faith Manning - second team
USA South All-Sportsmanship
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