Scots Baseball Clinches USA South
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Scots clinched the regular season USA South conference title in a doubleheader sweep of Averett University. The Covenant College baseball team moves on to play in the NCAA Division III tournament, beginning this May.
In their inaugural year in the NCAA Division III, the Scots were projected as number one in the USA South, and lived up to their reputation. Coach Doug Simons, Scots baseball coach since re-starting the program in 2005, led the team to a regular season record of 26-13, and an in-conference record of 19-8.
Covenant handedly won the first game in their series against Averett, with a score of 14-7. Game two of the series was a closer match, with Averett earning a 2-0 lead early in the game, but ended in a 5-2 win for the Scots, clinching their spot as conference champions.
Starter Alhanon Miller ’16 pitched a complete game on Saturday, giving up only two runs, and retiring Averett’s final hitter to clinch the win. Miller’s teammates immediately rushed the mound to celebrate and congratulate one another.
Between the two games, the Scots recognized four seniors: Carter Finch ’14, David Lockwood ’14, Paul Phillips ’14, and Chris Rollins ’14. In their four years at Covenant, these seniors contributed to 105 wins—the largest number of wins from any senior class in school history.
The Scots will now await the NCAA tournament game schedule, released this May.