LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga. - The Sewanee softball program suffered a doubleheader sweep of Covenant College on Tuesday, falling 6-5 in eight innings before losing 8-0 in the finale.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score, Game 1: Covenant 6, Sewanee 5 (8 Innings)
Final Score, Game 2: Covenant (9-11) 8, Sewanee (1-8) 0
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HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME 1
-Covenant sprinted out to a 5-0 lead over the first two innings of play, capped by a three-run double in the bottom of the second.
-After a scoreless third, the Purple and Gold responded in a big way. With two outs in the inning and the bases full of Tigers, Jackie O'Reilly launched a grand slam to left to bring home Amanda Watters, Charlsey Shirey and Taylor Wagner.
-From there, Covenant would leave six runners on base in the final three innings to force extras.
-In extra innings, there is a new rule in place that in a predetermined inning, the last batter of the previous inning will start the inning at second base.
-The Tigers had Taylor Wagner at second to start the eighth, and they were able to get her to third on a sacrifice bunt. However, the visitors were unable to get the ball out of the infield.
-In the bottom half of the frame, Covenant had runners at second and third base with two outs. Faith Manning reached first base on an error, and Shannon Schmitt scored the winning run.
HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME 2
-Covenant scored three runs in the second and five in the fourth to force the run-rule victory and the doubleheader sweep.
-The Scots pitching allowed just two hits from the Sewanee offense.
-Katie Bender recorded a hit in both contests on Tuesday.
-Jackie O'Reilly (1-5) started the first three innings and came back for the latter innings in game one, as she allowed three earned runs in 4.2 innings, and punching out three.
-At the plate, O'Reilly went 3-for-4 in game one with the grand slam.
-Caroline Sweetin (0-3) etched a hit in both games, while scoring a run in the opener. In the circle, she allowed three hits without suffering an earned run in game two.
COVENANT KEY STATISTICS
-Shade Epes finished the doubleheader with five hits, a double, three RBI and two runs scored.
-Carsyn Stone (4-5) clinched the win for the Scots in the opener, allowing one earned run on seven hits.
-Sarah Huskey (3-1) earned the victory in game two, allowing two hits and striking out three.
The Tigers will open the home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Centre.