Joiner's win, pair of saves earns USA South Pitcher of the Week

Joiner's win, pair of saves earns USA South Pitcher of the Week

Maryville College's Samuel Joiner was named the USA South Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week this week, as the senior had a hand in a trio of wins last week.

Joiner – a right-handed pitcher – earned the weekly award after tallying a win and a pair of saves in three appearances for the Scots.

He pitched 4.0 total innings without allowing a hit.

"He's been the same guy," Head Coach Cody Church said. "He's been really good for us all year, really competed and really anchored our bullpen for us. I'm really excited for him. It's hard to win Pitcher of the Week as a relief pitcher. It takes a special week, and it's one that he had. We're hoping that we can get him on the mound again today with the game on the line. He's one that wants to compete whenever we get the ball to him."

In his three appearances, Joiner didn't allow a run or a hit, as he tallied five total strikeouts and a pair of walks.

In a Wednesday double-header, Joiner was key in securing a sweep of Wittenberg University. The Sandersville, Ga. native earned saves in both games for the Scots.

In the first game, Joiner found the final strikeout to secure a 6-4 victory over the Tigers. To end the second game, he added a complete inning with two strikeouts to secure his third save of the year, 5-4, over Wittenberg.

"That's huge," Church said of his back-to-back saves. "That means you're doing really well in tight ball games. I think the more times we get him the ball in those situations, the better. Yesterday, against Brevard, he comes in in a really bad spot – I think bases loaded with one out in the eighth inning with the game on the line. He was able induce a big double play to keep it a tied ball game, and then he ended up getting the win there. He's pitched in three really tough spots this week, and he's been really good."

In his final appearance of the week, Joiner aided the Scots in securing a two-game, double-header sweep of USA South foe Brevard College.

The senior pitched the final 2.2 innings of an 11-inning affair, striking out a pair and walking just one. He earned his first win of the year, as the Scots rallied for an Eric Hart walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th, 3-2.

On the season, Joiner has eight appearances with 10.1 innings pitched. He has three saves and a win, while sitting down 15 via strikeout.

The Brentwood High product holds a 0.00 ERA on the year.

"He's been dominant," Church said. "He really has been. He just throws a lot of strikes. He's got a good fast ball and a good breaking ball that he can pitch off of. He can lull you to sleep with the breaking ball. He's just a competitor. We're just excited for him, and we're really happy to see him get some recognition for it."

Maryville will finish the series with Brevard College today in hopes of the USA South sweep and their fifth-consecutive win. MC will also host nationally-ranked Berry College on Tuesday on Scotland Yard.