Story by Ryan Tillman
SEWANEE, Tenn. (Feb. 18, 2017) - The Sewanee baseball team found its offensive stride Saturday in a 19-4 rout of the Wilmington Quakers in their home opener at Montgomery Field.
The bats came alive from the onset as the Tigers scored eight runs after a series of walks that loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning. Middle infielders Riley Brandvold and Trey Akins contributed as strong catalysts for the team producing a combined seven hits and seven RBI.
Senior Jackson Cooper joined the hit parade with a towering home run that sailed over the treetops beyond the left field wall. In the third inning, freshman Jared Demkowicz followed suit by smashing an inside fastball onto the University farm behind the right field fence for his first collegiate dinger.
"I really couldn't really believe it. I knew I had to get one in the air deep so the runner on third [could] score, but it ended up going over. A moment I'll never forget," said Demkowicz.
The Sewanee offense was not left alone; starter Drew Mancuso displayed a strong performance on the mound. The junior toed the rubber for six innings, letting up only one earned run while striking out seven Quakers. Preston Cronk and Lucas DeSantis were also able to come out of the bullpen and pound the strike zone, relenting no runs in a combined two innings of relief.
Sewanee will take on Wilmington Sunday, in a doubleheader with game one beginning at 11:00 a.m.