SEWANEE, Tenn. (April 11, 2015) – Southern Athletic Association foe Millsaps opened its weekend series against the Sewanee baseball team with a pair of victories, Saturday, at historic Montgomery Field.
The visiting Majors earned a 6-1 win in the opener and then took the second game by a 4-2 score.
In the opener the Majors were paced behind an outstanding pitching performance from starter Smokey Ethridge. Ethridge tossed a complete-game six-hit one-run win. Along with improving his record this season to 4-2, Ethridge struck out nine Tigers.
Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the third, Sewanee got on the board off the bat of Tony Dykes. Two innings later, Millsaps scored four runs in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to 6-1.
Sewanee would manage only three hits the remaining innings.
In the nightcap, Millsaps pulled ahead in the top of the eight with two runs. That broke up a 2-2 tie that took the seven-inning game into extras.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Gus Myer scored for Sewanee on a wild pitch. Myer reached in the second with a one-out double. Millsaps would take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Bryce Blackburn scored on a Sewanee throwing error.
That would set up the drama in the eighth when Millsaps scored on a SAC fly and a fielder's choice.
Major starter Keith Schumaker earned the win after earning a complete-game victory. Sewanee starter Nathaniel Howard also pitched well. The Tiger starter tossed 7.0 innings while allowing four hits, two runs (one earned), while striking out six.
Clune, Cooper, Myer, and Ryan Poole led Sewanee with two hits each.
Sewanee and Millsaps continue their series with a 1:00 p.m. game, Sunday.