By J.T. Mitchell
On March 7, the Sewanee baseball team fell to cross-state foe Maryville College 10-1. The loss extends the Tigers’ losing streak to twelve games.
Pitcher Justin Lavender (C’21) recorded two quick outs in the top of the first inning before the Scots’ bats came alive forcing three runs. The Tigers would not go down without a fight, as Jared Demkowicz (C’20) scored in the bottom of the second off of a Jake Woolard groundout (C’21) to cut Maryville’s lead to 3-1.
Unfortunately for Sewanee, Maryville’s offense was able to tack on one run in each of the following three innings, including a one-run home run from left fielder Bryce Redaja. The Tigers still held a sliver of hope before the Scots exploded for a four-run eighth inning to seal a 10-1 win.
Christopher McNulty (C’20), consistently one of the biggest bright spots of the season thus far, led the Tigers from the plate going 1-4 with a double, furthering his season batting average to an impressive 0.346. For Maryville, Redaja’s career day featured a home run and three runs batted in.
From the mound, Michael Hawks came away with the win for the Scots, his second in the season, while Lavender (0-1) was credited with the loss for the Tigers.
After winning the first game of the season against #10 LaGrange College, the Tigers have fallen into a major slump that they will look to exit in the team’s upcoming home series versus the coeducational Mississippi University for Women (MUW).
“We are looking to bounce back this weekend against MUW,” McNulty said. “In order for us to do this, though, we need to not only execute offensively but make big plays on the defensive side.”