Pitching woes hamper Sewanee in loss against rival Rhodes

Pitching woes hamper Sewanee in loss against rival Rhodes

Story by student-athlete Ryan Tillman

SEWANEE, Tenn. (April 9, 2017) – Coming off a doubleheader loss yesterday, the Sewanee baseball team fell to Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Rhodes 13-6, Sunday, at historic Montgomery Field.

The Lynx are currently second in the conference standings just behind Birmingham-Southern with a 9-6 record. Sewanee enters a three-way tie for fourth with Oglethorpe and Berry. Each team holds a 6-8 conference record.   

Tiger sophomore Cole Hanks toed the rubber for his second start of the season. Despite hitting two batters and surrendering two walks, Hanks held the opposing lineup to just one hit over his first four innings. However, in the fifth, a series of free passes and hit by pitches from the Tiger bullpen allowed the Lynx to score six runs. Hopes of a comeback for the Tigers began to dwindle with consecutive Rhodes runs in the seventh and eighth along with three more by key singles form Nick Bosma and Ryan Olive in the ninth.    

Sewanee shortstop Trey Akins continued to shine by posting another three base hits. That included two doubles and three runs batted in. Akins recorded a total of five hits and five RBI against the Rhodes pitching staff this weekend. 

Captains Jackson Cooper and Drew Mancuso combined for seven hits and one RBI on the day. Max Murray also gave Lynx pitchers fits, driving in two runs in the leadoff spot. Ultimately, Sewanee's 15 hits were nullified against the pitching staff's 12 walks and three HBP.    

The Tigers will face Covenant College in a doubleheader at home this Tuesday.

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