SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee baseball team recorded one of its best seasons in the team's history in 2019. Four were named All-Conference, and one was named All-Region.
Sewanee finished the regular season with a 21-19 record and made an appearance in the SAA Tournament. Finishing with a 15-5 home record, Sewanee claimed series wins over MacMurray (Ill.), Carroll (Wis.) and Eureka (Ill.) in non-conference play. The Tigers also secured non-conference victories over Covenant (Ga.), Guilford (N.C.) and Berea (Ky.).
In conference play, Sewanee won eight games, tying the most in Southern Athletic Association history (since 2013). The Tigers won series over Centre and Millsaps.
The 2019 team saw history made, as they became the first team to win 20 games or more in a season. Additionally, it was the team's first winning season since the 1985 campaign when Sewanee finished with an 18-17 record.
More history was made in a game during the regular season. On a windy day at Montgomery Field on March 14, Sewanee scored 32 runs in a rout over Eureka, 32-11.
This was the second 30-run game in the team's history, dating back to 1992. Sewanee also posted a 30-run game in 2012 with a 34-4 win over Rust (Miss.).
Since 2013, when Sewanee was one of the founding members of the SAA, this is the most runs in a game in the league. The Tigers surpassed Berry's 27 runs in 2017 for the most runs in a game.
Memorable Series | Sewanee at Centre, March 23-24
After dropping the series opener to Centre in Danville, Ky. on March 23, the Tigers came back with back-to-back one-run games.
In the second game, trailing 1-0, the Tigers responded in the next half inning. With two runners on and one out, Jake Woolard recorded a triple down the right field line to score two runs, Josh Roberts and Jack Ahlum.
Following a pitching change, Riley Brandvold sent a base hit to left field that resulted in an RBI.
Leading 3-1, Centre would tack on a run in the sixth, but in the seventh, Danny McDonnell, despite pitching into trouble, had the backup from his defense, as the final two outs were recorded on a double play to seal the save, 3-2.
In the rubber match the next day, Sewanee tacked on an early run before adding five runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
In the fifth, Sewanee made it a 2-0 lead thanks to a Chris McNulty sacrifice fly.
The Purple and Gold broke it open in the sixth inning with a three-run frame. With runners at the corners with one out, Josh Roberts recorded an RBI groundout.
The next batter, Riley Brandvold recorded an RBI base knock to left field.
Later in the inning, McNulty posted an RBI single.
Sewanee tacked on a run in the seventh with an RBI groundout with a Carter Huffman RBI groundout.
Trey Holland retired the first 18 batters he faced in his start. However, with nobody out in the seventh, the perfect game bid was broke up thanks to a Will Kirk double.
Despite the game getting too close for comfort, Sewanee recorded a 6-5 win in the series finale to secure the series victory.
Since Sewanee and Centre became charter members of the SAA in 2013, Sewanee has won three of the last four regular season series.
SAA Statistical Leaders
2nd | Riley Brandvold - .592
4th | Riley Brandvold - 47
2nd | Riley Brandvold - 13
T-2nd | Riley Brandvold - 8
4th | Danny McDonnell - 5
NCAA Statistical Leaders
12th | Double Plays Per Game | 0.98
24th | Double Plays | 39
50th | Doubles Per Game | 2.18
SAA All-Sportsmanship Team
SAA Academic Honor Roll
Tennessee Sports Writers Association
Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 19 - Trey Holland
American Baseball Coaches Association
ABCA/Rawlings South All-Region
Riley Brandvold - Third Team
ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award
3.087 cumulative grade point average (Third straight year program has accomplished award)