Big inning sends Covenant past Maryville 3-2

Big inning sends Covenant past Maryville 3-2

A three-run sixth inning by Covenant College pushed the Scots past Maryville College 3-2 on Friday afternoon in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

 

Maryville went up 1-0 in the second inning when first baseman Drew Johnson drove home Johnny Carpenter with an infield groundout.

 

MC's Logan Hayes singled to left field in the sixth driving in Andrew Henry to give Maryville a 2-0 lead with only nine outs remaining.

 

Maryville's Evan Heffner held the host USA South foe to only three hits over the first five innings. After striking out five, Covenant touched the lefty for an earned run in the sixth when Julien Amorelli grounded out to drive in Alex Kerr.

 

The game-changing blow came off the bat of Covenant's Joel Johnson. After Kerr reached base off MC reliever Zach Messinger, the Scot's thirdbaseman blasted a game-winning two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth.

 

Covenant starting pitcher Matt Reitz earned the win on the mound after a complete game four-hitter. Reitz faced 33 Scots' hitters allowing only one earned run while striking out 10.

 

Maryville (5-7, 2-2 USA South) tallied only four hits on the afternoon. Brendan Lawler deposited a double while Logan Hayes, Johnny Carpenter, and Derek Hurt each stroked a single.

 

The win moves Covenant to 6-7 on the season, 1-3 in league action.

 

The battle of the Scots will conclude on Saturday when the squads will play a double header beginning at noon in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.