Pitcher Danny McDonnell (C’19) goes up against Rhodes.
By Harry Davis
On Sunday, March 31, the Sewanee Baseball team lost 6-2 to the Rhodes College Lynx.
The Tigers entered the game with 17 wins and 11 losses in the season. They defeated Rhodes 15-4 in seven innings in the first game of the three game series before they lost 8-6 in the second of the three game serie.
In the first game, the Tigers managed 15 hits to the Rhodes’ five and pushed a five run lead to a 12 run lead with seven runs in the fourth inning. Rhodes’ offense had a seven run third inning but Sewanee stayed in the game late and scored three runs in the final inning to close the deficit to two runs. Both teams demonstrated a potent offense, with one seven run inning each, as they entered the final game of the series.
The score stayed locked at zero in the first inning before both teams’ offenses began to produce. Rhodes started the second inning with a homerun and scored another run to put them ahead 2-0. Sewanee answered with their own score as Braxton Swanson (C’21) singled to left field and scored on a single from Jacob Woolard (C’21). The next batter, Carter Huffman (C’22), singled and Woolard scored to tie the game at two. In the third inning, the Lynx began with a triple and scored to take the lead again, making the score 3-2.
For the next three innings, both teams were scoreless and combined for one hit in this stretch. Rhodes’ offense opened up in the seventh inning with two quick runs before Sewanee managed to get one out as the Lynx scored again to expand the lead to 6-2. The Tigers ended the inning with two fly balls to centerfield. Both defenses controlled the remainder of the game and Sewanee and Rhodes were limited to two hits, as Rhodes won 6-2.
Overall, it was a tough game for the Tigers, as the game slipped away late after being tied in the second inning. Rhodes produced 10 hits to Sewanee’s four, and the Tigers lost the series 2-1.
The Tigers will go on the road to play Hendrix College in a three game series with two games on Saturday April 6, and one on Sunday, April 7.