Covenant Softball Sweeps Sewanee

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The Covenant softball team earned its second extra-inning win of the year in game one, 6-5, and then completed a doubleheader sweep of Sewanee with a 8-0 victory in five innings on Tuesday afternoon.

Covenant (9-11) is 2-0 in extra-inning games on the year and earned its first doubleheader sweep since Feb. 24. The Lady Scots move to 12-1 all-time against Sewanee (1-8).

GAME ONE: Covenant 6, Sewanee 5 (8 innings)

Covenant raced out to a 5-0 lead, but Sewanee rallied and tied the game before a throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed the Lady Scots to score the winning run in a 6-5 victory.

The offense produced five runs over the first two innings for Covenant as the hosts built a 5-0 lead. A fielding error in the first inning allowed Carlin Labuzan to score and then the Lady Scots scored four times in the second inning to take the five-run lead. All five runs in the second inning came with two outs, with the big hit coming off the bat of Labuzan as she laced a bases-loaded double that plated three runs. Labuzan later scored on another Sewanee error to make it 5-0.

The momentum began to shift in the fourth as Sewanee broke through. The visiting Tigers put runners on in each of the first three innings, but capitalized in the fourth when Jackie O'Reilly launched a two-out, grand slam over the left field fence to cut the Covenant lead to 5-4. In the fifth inning, an RBI double by Katie Bender knotted the score at 5-5.

Covenant loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, but would not be able to score. The Lady Scots also put runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings, but were not able to regain the lead.

With the international tiebreaker in effect in extras, Sewanee was not able to score as Covenant starter Carsyn Stone got a pop up and a ground out to end the threat. In the home half of the eighth, Covenant had runners at second and third with two outs. Faith Manning hit a grounder up the middle that was snagged by Sewanee pitcher O'Reilly, but O'Reilly's throw to first was wild and Manning beat the effort from first baseman Caroline Sweetin to allow Schmitt to score the winning run.

Shade Epes went 3-for-3 with a run, while Labuzan was 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Stone (4-5) got the win as she went seven innings and allowed one run on seven hits, while also going 2-for-4 with a run scored at the plate.

O'Reilly (1-6) suffered the loss after going 4.2 innings. O'Reilly went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs at the plate.

GAME TWO: Covenant 8, Sewanee 0

Late offense was the key in an 8-0 game two victory as Covenant scored three runs in the second and five in the fourth to pull away for the five-inning victory.

Shade Epes drove in three runs and went 2-for-3, while Shelby Ralston and Kirsten Aanensen also had two hits apiece.

Covenant took advantage of a pair of Sewanee errors in the second inning to score three runs. Erika Mast delivered an RBI fielder's choice, and a two-base error by Sewanee third baseman Charlesy Shirey off the bat of Epes allowed Mast and Madyson Gibbins to score and make it 3-0.

In the fourth, Covenant loaded the bases with one out and Epes drove all three runners home with her double to right-center field to make it 6-0. Schmitt added an RBI ground out and Ralston hit a shot past the third baseman into left field for an RBI single for an 8-0 lead.

Those runs were more than enough for the Covenant pitching staff. Sarah Huskey (3-1) was solid again in the circle as she allowed just two hits in four innings of work with three strikeouts. Joni Johnson wrapped up the win with a scoreless fifth inning.

Sweetin (0-3) got the loss in her start for Sewanee.

Covenant gets back into USA South play on Friday with a doubleheader at Huntingdon. First pitch of game one in Montgomery, Ala., is set for 2 p.m. EST.

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