Story by student-athlete Ryan Tillman
SEWANEE, Tenn. (Feb. 19, 2017) – The Sewanee baseball team successfully completed its first three-game sweep under head coach David Jenkins, posting 3-1 and 4-0 wins over Wilmington, Sunday, at historic Montgomery Field.
Game One – Sewanee 3, Wilmington 1
Pitching sustained the Sewanee squad this afternoon; coming off a quality start last week at Emory, starter Harrison Lee shined on the mound with another dominant outing. The junior tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing just five hits while striking out two. Freshman Daniel McDonnell pitched the final three frames, letting in no runs and striking out three.
Lee was matched by Wilmington pitcher Jared Ferenchak, who also threw six innings, allowing just one earned on seven hits. Reliever Matt Oney struck out the side in the bottom half of the eighth inning in his only inning of work.
Tiger hitters ran wild on the base paths, swiping four bags throughout the game. Their small-ball approach was executed well, culminating in Jackson Cooper's sacrifice fly to score Tyler Minkkinen for the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
Game Two – Sewanee 4, Wilmington 0 (F/7)
Sophomore Josh Roberts was called upon to start his first game of the 2017 campaign for the Tigers and he did not disappoint. The left-hander threw five shutout innings with only one hit and one base on balls. Minkkinen saw two innings of relief in place of Roberts, striking out three Quaker batters.
After loading the bases with no outs in the first inning, Wilmington pitcher Jacob Helterbrand surrendered a walk, scoring Cooper from third. The Tigers pounced on the opportunity, tacking on another run from Bryce Benedict's hard ground ball to the left side of the infield, forcing a fielder's choice and another Sewanee run.
The bottom of the sixth saw Derek Hullings join the action, by recording a single, stealing two bases, and scoring on a failed safety squeeze attempt with home plate unoccupied.
Now 3-5 this season, Sewanee continues its homestand with a three-game series against Wheaton next weekend.