Story by student-athlete Ryan Tillman
DANVILLE, Ky. (April 14, 2017) - The Sewanee baseball team split its doubleheader with Southern Athletic Association (SAA) opponent Centre Saturday afternoon.
With their win on Friday, the Tigers managed to take the series. Sewanee will enter their final series of the regular season next week on the road at No. Birmingham-Southern.
Game One: Sewanee 9, Centre 6
Sophomore pitcher Cole Hanks made his first conference start of his career. Aided by two long balls, Hanks earned the win after giving up only six hits and three runs in 4.0 innings.
In the first inning, senior Jackson Cooper began a rally with a solo homerun. That was followed by a three-run shot to right field off the bat of Drew Mancuso. The decisive lead early in the game gave Sewanee momentum which they never relinquished.
Game Two: Centre 9, Sewanee 1
In his first collegiate start, freshman Nick Ewing got the ball for game two against the Colonels. The Atlanta native allowed four earned on eight hits over five innings of work. The young pitcher ran into trouble in the third as Centre used well-executed small-ball tactics. A Colonel bunt turned into a single and advanced runners into scoring position. That was followed with a groundout to second that scored a Centre run.
In the seventh, a triple and a wild pitch added two more runs for the Colonels.
The sole Tiger run came by way of a Trey Akins. Akins ripped a scorcher down the left field line to begin the fourth inning. After an infield single from Mancuso, Akins scored off an RBI groundout by Derek Hullings.