Sewanee drops two to conference rival Berry

Sewanee drops two to conference rival Berry

Story by student-athlete Ryan Tillman

ROME, Ga. (April 1, 2017) – The Sewanee baseball team dropped a pair of games at Southern Atheltic Association (SAA) rival Berry, Saturday.

Berry earned a 4-0 win in the opener. The Vikings then won the second game over the Tigers, 13-7. Sewanee is now an even 5-5 in conference play. The Tigers have dropped four straight games while Berry sits with a 6-5 winning record in league play. 

Game One—Berry 4, Sewanee 0     

Berry starter Trey Rampy notched his sixth win of the year with a dominating nine-inning shutout.  The sophomore from Locust Grove, Ga., surrendered just one walk to go along with five strikeouts. He was well-matched by his counterpart, Sewanee starter Drew Mancuso. Mancuso dropped to 5-2 despite a great effort over seven innings of work.

The top of the Viking lineup led the offensive campaign. Austin Haight and Devin Skelton each slapped two singles and drove in two. Right fielder Casey Whitaker also joined the action by smacking a triple and two singles. Despite the multitude of Berry players on the base paths, three were caught stealing by Sewanee catcher Ryan Poole.

Game Two—Berry 13, Sewanee 7

Bats from both teams surged out of the gate, as Berry led 12-4 after the first inning. Singles from the first three Sewanee hitters loaded the bases, allowing for a fielder's choice and a fielding error which safely brought home three runs. In his first collegiate start, designated hitter Chris McNulty captured a clean steal of home for the fourth run of the inning. 

Multiple hits in the first inning by Whitaker, Kris Patel, and Devin Skelton led to Berry's 12 runs. All three players combined for six hits and five RBI in the second game. 

Sewanee reliever Nick Ewing was called upon to stop the bleeding with two outs in the first inning.  The freshman escaped the inning with limited damage. From that point, Ewing continued to pitch well over the next 4.2 innings where he allowed only three hits and one run.

Sewanee and Berry are scheduled to conclude their series at noon, Sunday.

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