Maryville College fell in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon, as the Scots dropped a 7-5 contest against the Berry College Vikings.
After falling behind early, Maryville made a run to tie the game. MC gave up a run in the top of the sixth, before their momentum was struck on an unconventional play.
With Johnny Carpenter looking to lay down a bunt, the ball struck the plate. He was called out with a tag from Devin Skelton. However, the Maryville College runners who thought it was a dead ball continued. Logan Hayes – who was on second – was called out at the plate without an alleged tag.
The Scots lost all momentum behind that play. Maryville loaded the bags in the bottom of the ninth with only one out, but they were unable to capitalize.
Maryville (8-8) was led by Bryce Redaja who went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Hayes was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored for the Scots.
Berry College struck first in the top of the first inning, as they hung four runs on the Scots. The Vikings used four hits and a walk to score four runs, as Slade Dale added a two-RBI double in the innings. Casey Whitaker had an RBI double late in the inning for a 4-0 Berry lead.
Maryville clawed back in the bottom of the inning, plating two runs on two hits. Redaja followed Hayes' single down the third-base line with a double to right-center. Carpenter drew a walk to load the bags, before Hayes scored on a wild pitch. Redaja would touch the plate as Alden Wright earned an RBI on a ground out. After one, the Scots trailed 4-2.
Devin Skelton would add another run for the Vikings in the top of the second. A single and a stolen base allowed Alfred Francis to score him with an RBI single to right.
MC would again claw back, as they added a pair of runs in the second half of the inning, however. Derek Hurt used a hit-by-pitch, a steal and a groundout to reach third, before he was able to score on a throwing error by Berry. Redaja would add an RBI triple down the right-field line to score Hayes, as Maryville trailed by only one, 5-4, going to the third.
Things would fall silent until the fourth, however, as the Scots would knot the game a 5-all. A walk and a steal by Andrew Henry put a runner in scoring position. Hayes moved him to third with an error by Berry on his sacrifice bunt attempt. The lead off hitter would score on a sacrifice fly by Redaja. After four innings, the game remained tied.
A sacrifice fly from Tyler Calvert would give the Vikings back the lead in the top of the fifth. Francis would score to leave the score at 6-5 in favor of Berry.
An error proved costly in the top of the ninth, as the Vikings hung an additional run on Maryville. An RBI single by Calvert scored Post from third to take the win, 7-5.
The Scots tossed four pitchers in the game, as Rocky Mauriello gave Maryville 3.2 innings of relief. The sophomore hurler allowed five hits, while only giving up one run in relief.
For Berry (9-6), it was Skelton who hit 3-for-5 with a pair of runs. Whitager, Post and Jason Rose each had two-hit games, while Dale and Calvert each contributed two RBI.
Maryville will look next to a weekend USA South series. The Scots will travel to Averett University, as they face a double header against the Panthers beginning at noon on Saturday, March 11.