The Maryville College Scots moved to 3-1 on the young season on Sunday afternoon during the Rhodes College Invitational.
Maryville's huge offensive attack led to a 9-1 win against Westminster (Mo.) College on Sunday, before the Scots faced their first setback of the year, 8-1, to the hands of tournament hosts, Rhodes College.
Maryville came out of the gate hot on Sunday morning, taking a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. After an Essence Strambler double to lead off the game, Jessica McMahan and Alexus Murray drew walks to load the bags. Rachel Taylor scored Strambler with an RBI sacrifice fly. Morgan Brewer would add a two-RBI triple down the left field line to score Murray and McMahan, before Christen Torres would score Brewer with an RBI single through the left side.
Westminster would score a run in the bottom of the first, but Maryville would again go on a flurry in the top of the second. They would score five runs, before both teams would go scoreless for the remainder of the game – the Scots winning, 9-1.
After again loading the bags – this time aided by two hit by pitch and a single from Murray – Maryville's Aly Snider would lace a two-RBI double to left. Murray and McMahan would score on the play. Sarah Gordon found her first Maryville College hit with an RBI single to left to score Taylor, before Jenna Robberts would tally a two-RBI single to left. Torres and Snider would score for the 9-1 final.
The Scots scored nine runs on 10 hits, as their offense continued to flourish. The Scots also had nine RBI in the game.
Roberts went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Strambler went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Snider was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored, while Brewer matched her. Torres was 1-for-1 with an RBI and a run scored, while Sarah Gordan added an RBI in her 1-for-1 afternoon. Murray went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, while McMahan added two runs scored.
Westminster (0-3) saw Josie Cotter record the only hit of the afternoon, going 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Josie Milam got the win, moving to 2-0 on the season. She pitched two innings with only one hit and one run allowed. She walked one and struck out another. Casey Joliff earned the save – her first of the year – with 3.0 innings pitched. She didn't allow a hit or a run, while walking only two batters.
The Scots' offensive attack slowed in the day's second game. Maryville managed only six hits in the final game of the Rhodes College Invitational, as the host school would take the win, 8-1.
The loss marks MC's first of the season, as they hold a 3-1 record after their first weekend of play.
Strambler would lead off the game with her first collegiate home run, blasting the shot to left-center. The Freeport, Texas native had a great first weekend as a Scot, garnering six hits. She hit two doubles and a homer, while collecting seven RBI and four runs scored.
Rhodes would add a run in the bottom of the first, before blitzing Maryville with six in the bottom of the third. The Lynx would add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth for the 8-1 win.
The Scots' were led by Strambler's 1-for-3 effort, as she added her RBI and run scored on the home run. Snider went 2-for-2 with a walk, while Torres, Hayden and Roberts each went 1-for-3.
Rhodes was led by Christine Hume, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Olivia Jackson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Jill Healy (2-for-3, 1 run) and Kiersten Samuels (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) added multi-hit days.
Maryville will look next to the Maryville College Invitational on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19. The Scots will host Berea College and Centre College in a three-team tournament beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 18.