Story by student-athlete Ryan Tillman
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 29, 2017) - A 9-5 loss in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) quarterfinals against Berry ended a great season by the Sewanee baseball team, Saturday.
The Tigers close their 2017 campaign with a 19-23 overall record and an 8-12 mark in conference action. The overall record for Sewanee was the best since 2003.
Despite opening the game with a strong lead, a six-run fifth inning for the Vikings proved to be too much to overcome for the purple and gold. Both teams displayed offensive potency out of the gate, as a combined five runs came across in the first inning.
Trey Akins continued to pulverize opposing pitching, as the sophomore raked another triple to right field bringing home Jackson Cooper and Derek Hullings. Akins would reach base two more times, recording a single and base on balls.
In what was his final game donning the Sewanee uniform, Cooper posted a noteworthy performance, notching two doubles while driving in one run.
A troublesome fifth inning saw multiple hit by pitches, a handful of hits, and a balk, all leading to Sewanee's downfall. The Vikings scored six runs which gave Berry an 8-5 lead. After the Vikings captured another run in the bottom of the eighth, Sewanee had no answer the final inning.
Designated hitter Devin Shelton led Berry with a 3-for-4 performance. Shelton also posted two RBI.
With the win, Berry will play host and nationally-ranked Birmingham-Southern, Sunday.