Covenant Baseball Splits With Emory

Friday, February 9, 2018
The Covenant baseball team picked up its first win of the year and earned a doubleheader split with Emory on Friday afternoon on Lookout Mountain. The Scots took game one 8-3 before falling in the second game 10-4.

Saturday's series finale at Emory was postponed earlier on Friday. The teams will try to reschedule at a later date.

The split for Covenant moves the Scots to 1-4 on the year, while Emory goes to 2-3.

GAME ONE: Covenant 8, Emory 3

Covenant broke out of its slump offensively scoring three runs overs the first two innings and a Caleb Bloye two-run home run capped a four-run fifth as the Scots pulled away for an 8-3 win in Friday's opener.

Entering the game, the Scots had produced just eight hits in 21 innings of play. However, in the first Covenant scored twice on four hits to grab a 2-0 lead. Trenton Nobles led off with a single and Caleb Bloye mashed an RBI double to deep center field giving the Scots a 1-0 lead. Bloye scored later in the inning when Tyler Moore's infield single turned into an error from Emory third baseman Christopher Stern to make it 2-0.

In the second, it was a Nobles RBI ground out that plated Christian Murray, who doubled with one out, to make it 3-0. 

Emory sliced the lead to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the fourth, but Covenant answered with a four-run fifth inning. After Nobles collected his second hit of the day, Bloye hit a deep fly to right field that carried over the fence for a two-run homer. The homer was Bloye's first of the year. The Scots added two more runs on a wild pitch and passed ball alter in the frame.

All that offense was in support of starting pitcher Matt Reitz (1-1). The right-hander retired the first 10 batters he faced and allowed three runs on three hits with six strikeouts to pick up the win.

Bloye finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Nobles was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI. Daniel Johnson had two hits in three at-bats.

Emory starter Richard Brereton (1-1) went four innings allowing five runs, but struck out seven. Six different batters record one hit for the visiting Eagles.

GAME TWO: Emory 10, Covenant 4

In the second game, Covenant jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first but Emory scored 10 runs over the final four innings to rally for a 10-4 win and a doubleheader split.

Much like the first game, the Scots jumped out in the first. Covenant scored four runs on five hits in its half of the first inning, with RBI singles off the bats of Joel Johnson, Donny Lewis, and Kalon Smith. Moore added an RBI ground out in the frame.

That score remained until the fourth when Emory scored twice to cut the margin to 4-2. In the fifth, the Eagles scored six runs, with the capper being Brereton's bases-loaded three-run double to center field. Emory added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to seal the win.

Covenant had five players record a single hit, as the Scots did not get another hit after the first inning. Drew Bradley went four innings and surrendered four runs on six hits with four strikeouts. Taylor Bloye (0-2) picked up the loss in relief.

Rhett Stuart lasted just one inning in his start for Emory, but was bailed out by a bullpen that tossed six no-hit innings. Christian Bradley (1-0) got the win as he went three innings.

With Saturday's postponement, Covenant will return to action on Friday, Feb. 16 at home against Emory & Henry. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

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