Tigers split with Wheaton

Tigers split with Wheaton

Story by student-athlete Ryan Tillman

SEWANEE, Tenn. (Feb. 24, 2017) - On a sunny afternoon on the Domain, the Sewanee baseball team split a doubleheader with visiting Wheaton College, Friday, at historic Montgomery Field. 

The Tigers proved to be the aggressors early in game one, solidifying a win. However, the Thunder answered back behind a strong offensive performance to take game two.

Game One: Sewanee 10, Wheaton 5

Three-year starter Drew Mancuso took the mound for Sewanee with confidence coming off last week's quality start versus Wilmington, posting seven frames of five-hit ball while sitting down eight Thunder hitters. Reliever Tyler Minkkinen recorded the final five outs of the game, striking out three and letting no runners cross the plate. Mancuso picked up his second win of the young season, giving him a 2-1 record on the year. 

Mancuso did not let his success remain contained on the mound. Hitting in the DH spot, the two-way player smacked a soaring fly ball over the right field fence. Shortstop Trey Akins wasted no time going back-to-back with Mancuso, driving a fastball into the trees in left center on the very next pitch.

Akins picked up two hits and three RBI along with his first home run of the season. Jackson Cooper and Max Murray also contributed with two RBI each.

Game Two: Wheaton 15, Sewanee 4

The tables turned in game two as the Sewanee pitching staff struggled to compete against the forceful gusts of wind blowing towards the outfield. Wheaton stroked four long balls off the bats of Nick Mailman, Peter Newman, Johnny Peltz, and Brett Albaugh. Newman and Peltz cashed in their big moments with two runners on base, respectively, knocking in three runs with one swing each.  Newman posted three of Wheaton's seventeen hits and seven of their 15 runs. 

Sewanee hitters found limited success in game two, scoring four runs and tallying 13 hits. Left fielder Jared Demkowicz continued his hot streak by singling in Cooper in the first inning. He then smashed an equalizing home run in the third.

Thunder starter Christian Bolhuis back Wheaton's offense with an impressive debut. Bolhuis allowed only three runs in six innings.

The rubber game will take place at 1:00 p.m., Saturday.