SEWANEE, Tenn. (April 7, 2015) – Despite having an early 10-0 lead, the Sewanee baseball team could not hold off a strong late inning rally by regional-rival Covenant, falling to the visiting Scots, 15-14, at historic Montgomery Field.
Sewanee scored early and often through the first four innings. The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the first as Jackson Cooper singled in Ben Clune. Tony Dykes followed with a three-run homerun that scored Cooper and Drew Mancuso.
After a scoreless second inning, Sewanee's offense continued to roll in the third. Ryan Poole singled in two Tigers with two outs.
Sewanee opened the bottom of the fourth with a Derek Hullings double. After Clune singled, Cooper launched a three-run homerun that put the Tigers up 10-0.
Through the first four innings, Sewanee had 11 hits.
Unfortunately, Covenant answered back in the top of the fifth. The Scots sent 10 hitters to the plate and scored five runs on four hits.
After three runs in the sixth and six runs in the top of the seventh, Covenant had a 14-10 lead. Sewanee then scored three runs in the bottom of the inning when Dykes launched his second three-run homerun with Cooper and Hullings on base.
Again Covenant answered back when Will Cleland doubled in Alex Kerr with two outs in the top of the eighth.
Sewanee would have one final chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. After pulling to within one run, Michael Walker grounded out to shortstop with a runner on third.
Dykes led Sewanee at the plate going 3-for-4 with two homeruns, six RBI, and three runs scored. Five other Tigers also finished with multiple hits.
On the mound, Marshall Ussery was charged with the loss after giving up four runs in one inning. Perry Rigby earned the win for Covenant after allowing four runs (one earned) while striking out four in 5.1 innings.
Sewanee returns to action with a three-game series against conference foe Millsaps this weekend.