Story by student-athlete Ryan Tillman
DANVILLE, Ky. (April 14, 2017) - The Sewanee baseball team captured its seventh conference win Friday with a 4-1 win at Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Centre.
A four-run surge in the top of the fourth gave starter Drew Mancuso cushion to mow through the Colonels' lineup. Sewanee currently sits at an even .500 with a 17-17 overall record.
Senior centerfielder Jackson Cooper led off the fourth inning with a single to left field off Colonel pitcher Trevor Brewer. After a fielder's choice advanced Cooper to second, the Tiger senior swiped third base. Shortstop Trey Akins capitalized on the scoring opportunity and smacked a single to center field, giving the Tigers their first lead of the day.
Later, after a walk and an infield single loaded the bases, junior Derek Hullings hit a clutch, two-out single, scoring Bryce Benedict and Beau Allen. No Tiger baserunner crossed the plate for the remainder of the game despite applying additional pressure with stolen bases by Jared Demkowicz and a second by Cooper.
Mancuso continued his stretch of excellent pitching, toeing the rubber for 7.1 innings and earning his sixth win of the season. The ace relented just one earned on nine hits with seven punch outs.
Coming into the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and one out, sophomore Lucas DeSantis hunkered down and forced the final two Centre hitters to pop out. Battling against the winning run at the plate, DeSantis's ninth inning heroics earned him his first save of the season.