SEWANEE, Tenn. - The 2018 Sewanee baseball program completed the 96th year of the sport at the University of the South.
The Tigers may have finished with a 12-22 record, but the program saw some key wins for the program. The Tigers competed in the SAA Tournament opening round at the Rhodes regional.
As a team, Sewanee pounded 60 doubles, nine triples (second-best in the SAA) and 20 homers for a .404 slugging percentage, ranked fourth in the league.
Jared Demkowicz helped the team's slugging percentage mark with a fifth-best .558 mark thanks to six homers, three triples and two doubles. Named an All-Conference Honorable Mention, the Grosse Pointe, Mich. native recorded a .308 batting average and 22 RBI.
The Tigers showed discipline at the plate by not striking out as much. Recording 1,271 plate appearances, the team were only punched out 191 times, best in the conference.
On the mound, Sewanee did not allow extra base runners on in 2018, as the team walked just 119 times, the fewest in the conference.
Leading the pitching staff was Drew Mancuso, who recorded 75 punchouts, second in the SAA to 10 walks, tied for the least amount in the conference.
Down Went No. 10
The Sewanee baseball team opened the 2018 season in LaGrange, Ga. with the 10th-ranked team at the time, LaGrange College. Trailing 5-0 going into the seventh inning, the Tigers recorded 13 runs on just six hits.
After the Tigers scratched across a run in the seventh inning thanks to an RBI single by Tyler Dunbar, the Purple and Gold saw 13 batters come to plate, and eight of those batters scored in the inning. The Tigers, down 5-4, took the lead on back-to-back-to-back walks by the LaGrange pitching staff.
Memorable Series | Sewanee at Millsaps, April 7-8
As the calendar turned to April, the Tigers traveled to Jackson, Miss. for their second-to-last SAA series of the season. After splitting a doubleheader with Covenant during the week, Sewanee was looking to win its second conference series in a row.
Game 1, Sewanee 1, Millsaps 0
In game one of the series on Saturday, Sewanee took care of the scoring in the first inning. After Riley Brandvold led off the game with a walk. He would eventually advance to third on two wild pitches. After a strikeout, Chris McNulty brought the run home on an RBI groundout.
That would be enough offense for Drew Mancuso, who pitched a complete game shutout, allowing four singles and a walk with nine strikeouts.
Despite getting the win 1-0, the Tigers were held hitless for 5.2 innings.
Game 2, Sewanee 7, Millsaps 5
In the second game of the series, Sewanee had to rally from a 5-4 deficit in the ninth inning. After a flyout to center field, Brandvold came through again with a solo shot to left field to even the score at five runs apiece.
After a Jared Demkowicz double and McNulty single, Trey Akins scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single. Mancuso followed with a base knock to extend the lead to 7-5. The Tigers held the lead to secure the series.
Game 3, Sewanee 2, Millsaps 0
In the final game of the series, the teams were held scoreless through four innings. In the fifth, after a leadoff single and a popup, Braxton Swanson put runners on first and second base with a base knock. After Garrett Liebe walked to load the bases, Jake Woolard scored the first run of the game on a hit by pitch. After a Millsaps pitching change and a popout, Demkowicz walked in another run to make it 2-0.
After Trey Holland left the game with four shutout innings, the bullpen slammed the door, allowing one hit and one walk in the final three frames to secure the series sweep on the road.
SAA Sportsmanship Team
SAA Academic Honor Roll