GREENVILLE, Ill. – Greenville College Men’s Baseball (8-18, 7-5 SLIAC) battled SLIAC foe Westminster and cold/windy conditions on Saturday for third place in the conference standings. GC came up short in the double-header, slipping to fourth in the conference while dropping the opener 16-2 and losing game two by way of a 9-7 decision at Robert E. Smith Field.
Despite the losses, senior Daniel Covert remained hot at the plate. Covert went 2-for-2 in the first game with an RBI and followed with a 3-for-4 effort with a run and seven RBI delivered by way of a grand-slam homer and RBI double in the capper. The Trenton, Ill. product currently tops the SLIAC in batting average (.469), slugging percentage (.704), and hits (38), and ranks near the top of all other statistical hitting categories.
In game one, the Panthers notched only six hits in the seven-inning contest while producing a meager two runs. Westminster scored seven in the first and continued to pour it on through the contest, winning by a margin of 16-2.
Cody Hinterscher (1-3) was charged the loss with seven earned on three hits in one-third of an innings work.
Game two opened much the same as the opener, with Greenville falling behind early and facing an 8-0 deficit heading into the sixth. However, a bases loaded homerun by Covert delivered four runs and placed GC just within striking distance heading into the final inning. Westminster added an insurance run in the seventh, but Covert would again make things interesting in the bottom of the final inning. His three-RBI double put the Panthers within two but would not be enough to push past the Bluejays. Westminster closed the deal 9-7.
Greenville’s freshman pitcher Tyler Mitchell (1-2) picked up the loss in the contest. Mitchell tossed 3.1 innings with one earned on six hits.
Baseball will return to action Tuesday, April 19 as they play a make-up game against Westminster at Maryville University and look to avoid the series sweep.