Offense leads Sewanee to a series win at Hendrix

Offense leads Sewanee to a series win at Hendrix

CONWAY, Ark. (March 19, 2017) – Led by its offense, the Sewanee baseball team won its second straight Southern Athletic Association (SAA) series with a 15-7 route of rival Hendrix, Sunday, at Warrior Field.

The Tigers are now 11-9 overall and 4-1 in league action. Sewanee is currently tied with No. 4 ranked Birmingham-Southern for the league lead.

From the very beginning, the Tigers were outstanding at the plate. In the top of the first, a double by Trey Akins down the right field line brought home Beau Allen and Jackson Cooper. Two batters later, Tony Dykes drove in Jared Demkowicz. That was followed when freshman Max Murray ripped another double down the right field line which plated Ryan Poole and Riley Brandvold.

After Hendrix scored two runs on two hits in the bottom of the first, Sewanee answered with another big inning in the fourth. After Murray, Cooper, and Allen all reached with no outs, Demkowicz ripped a single to center that scored Murray. Akins then hit another double, which scored Cooper and Allen.

Drew Mancuso then singled to center field, which added another RBI. 

An inning later, Sewanee added four additional runs on two hits. Down 14-4 in the bottom of the seventh, the Warriors scored three runs. The Tigers added one final RBI when Mancuso drove in Demkowicz in the top of the ninth.

Overall, Sewanee pounded out 14 hits. Demkowicz, Akins, Mancuso, and Murray all had multiple hits. In fact, Akins finished 4-for-5 with five RBI and one run scored. Two of his hits were doubles.

On the mound, Bryce Benedict earned the win after he allowed only five hits and two earned runs in six innings. Preston Cronk, Tyler Minkkinen, and J.J. Clements also allowed no runs in relief.

Colten Poellinger took the loss for Hendrix after Sewanee scored six runs in only two-thirds of an inning.

Sewanee returns to action with a doubleheader against Calvin Wednesday at Smokies Park in Knoxville, Tenn.

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