Maryville falls in USA South opener against Covenant, 4-2

Maryville falls in USA South opener against Covenant, 4-2

The Maryville College Scots fell in the USA South Athletic Conference opener on Monday afternoon, as Covenant College used a two-run sixth in a 4-2 game.

MC outhit the Georgian Scots, 6-5, but a bases loaded double by Hunter Christian in the sixth gave Covenant enough in the conference opener.

Maryville College got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Hayden Hollingsworth reached on an error before promptly stealing second. Jake Petersen sacrificed him to third, as Mike Homan tallied the RBI with a groundout to third. The score after one was 1-0.

Covenant answered in the top of the second with an unearned run of their own. Alex Gonzalez doubled to left-center, as a John Mitchell groundout pushed him to third. The center fielder scored on an error at second, tying the game at 1-all.

Covenant came alive in the top of the sixth, as they took advantage of a hit-by-pitch, a walk and an intentional walk to load the bases. Christian doubled off the left-field wall, scoring both Gonzalez and Brooks DuBose scored on the play. The Georgian Scots took a 3-1 lead to the bottom of the inning.

Maryville cut into the Covenant lead in the bottom of the eighth with a run. Homan drew a leadoff walk, as a balk advanced him to second. A Peyton Sawyer single through the right side put Homan at third, before a hard-hit Joey Tomlinson single through the left side to plate the third baseman, 3-2.

Covenant got that run back in the top of the ninth, however. Brett Kernoble drew a walk, finding his way to second via a wild pitch. Tyler Moore punched a trickling single through the right side, as the speedy Kernoble scored from second. A double play ended the threat, leaving the score a 4-2.

Hollingsworth and Petersen both singled with two outs, putting the go-ahead run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Covenant forced a fly out to secure the two-run victory.

Maryville (4-3, 0-1 USA South) was led by Petersen who went 2-for-4 on the day. Hollingsworth went 1-for-4 with a run, while Tomlinson matched his effort at the plate with an RBI. Homan had an RBI and a run scored with a trio of walks on the afternoon, while Jack Shuttleworth and Sawyer went 1-for-3 each.

Jordan Davis fell to 1-1 with 5.1 innings. He allowed three hits and only a pair of earned runs while striking out five. Christian Poulsen had 3.2 innings of relief, allowing only a single run with four total strikeouts.

Covenant (6-1, 1-0) saw Andrew Cline move to 2-0 on the mound, striking out six MC players over 6.2 innings. Adam Carver added the save in 2.1 innings, both pitchers giving up a run each.

Gonzalez was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, as Moore was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Christian went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while DuBose added a run. Ken Alexander added a hit for Covenant.

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