Maryville moves to 7-1 behind Sunday sweep

Maryville moves to 7-1 behind Sunday sweep

Maryville College moved to 7-1 on the season on Sunday, after they swept the Maryville College Invitational with a perfect 4-0 record.

The Scots defeated Centre College, 10-0, in their first game of the day, before fighting off a Mountaineer comeback in an 8-4 win over Berea College in the day's final game.

Maryville struggled in the early goings of the first game of the day against Centre College, before they blew the game open late for a 10-0 win in six innings.

Through the first four innings, Maryville was held hitless, before they rattled off 12 hits and 10 runs in the final two innings to force the six-inning win.

Centre (2-2) struggled in the game against the Scots' stout defense. They stranded nine runners on the day – the bags loaded twice – as MC's defense stood strong in key moments to force the shutout.

Maryville got things started in the top of the fifth, as Rachel Taylor bounced a ball off the right-center padding atop the fence. Three pitches later, Aly Snider laced her first collegiate homer to left field to score Grace Gordon and give the Scots a 2-0 advantage. Snider's home run marks the first Maryville long ball in the newly renovated field. Morgan Brewer added a triple in the next at bat, before Jessica McMahan scored her with an RBI single to left. After five, the Scots led 3-0.

Maryville would add seven runs on eight hits in the top of the sixth. Brewer had a two-RBI single to left-center, scoring Taylor and Alexus Murray, before Christen Torres added a two-RBI single to score Brewer and Snider. Essence Strambler had a two-RBI shot with the bags juiced, as McMahan and Torres scored, before Sarah Gordon found an RBI with a hard-hit single to short. The runs were good enough for a 10-0 Scots' win.

Brewer went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Snider added a 2-for-4 effort with a pair of runs and a pair of RBI. Torres was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI, while Strambler added two RBI on a 1-for-3 effort. Taylor, Murray and Jenna Roberts all added runs on one-hit days, while McMahan went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Grace Gordon added a run, while Sarah Gordon had a 1-for-1 effort with an RBI.

Nicole Blackburn moved to 1-1 on the year with a 5.0 inning shutout. She allowed only four hits, while striking out two. Morgan Corland pitched a clean sixth inning, allowing just one hit.

For Centre College, five different hitters recorded a hit, as Maryville shut the Colonels out for the second-consecutive day.

The Scots got things started in the third inning of the second game, after a walk and a pair of bunt singles from Torres, McMahan and Roberts. Strambler slapped a three-RBI triple to score the trio of runners, giving Maryville a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Murray scored Strambler with an RBI single to center, before Snider added an RBI double to right-center for a 5-0 advantage after three innings.

Berea struck back in the top of the fourth. After a walk and a Maryville error, Lillian Setters hit an RBI single right-center – the first hit of the game against Corland. Kourtney Parker scored, before the Mountaineers used a delayed double steal to score Mercedes Stanfield. Both runs in the inning were unearned, as Maryville led 5-2 going to the fifth inning.

Berea added two more runs in the top of the fifth, as Parker added a two-RBI single to right-center. Markiara Smith and Madison Stanfield scored on the play, cutting the Scots' lead to 5-4.

Maryville would add to their lead in the bottom of the sixth. After a Brewer single to right-center, Torres laced an RBI double over the center fielder's head to score Brewer. Roberts kept the trend going with an RBI triple to the gap in right-center to score Torres and give Maryville a three-run lead. Strambler would score Roberts from third with a single to third, as Maryville led 8-4 going to the final inning.

Roberts led the way for Maryville, going 3-for-3 with two runs, a triple and an RBI. Strambler was 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored, while Torres went 1-for-1 with two runs and an RBI. Murray, Brewer and McMahan each went 1-for-3, while Murray had an RBI and a run. Brewer and McMahan also scored a run each.

Corland pitched another gem, going to 3-0 on the season. She pitched four innings, while allowing just two earned runs. She struck out four, while scattering two walks and three hits.

Josie Milam pitched two inning of relief, giving up just two hits, while Casey Jolliff tossed the last inning with a strikeout.

Maryville only allowed five hits for the Mountaineers, as each went to a different batter. Parker was 1-for-1 with two RBI, two walks and a run scored to lead Berea (0-4).

Maryville will travel next to Raleigh, N.C. to face off with four opponents in the Grand Slam Tournament. The Scots will take on N.C. Wesleyan College (1 p.m.) and William Peace University (3:30 p.m.) on Friday, Feb. 24, before taking on Hood College (9 a.m.) and Salisbury University (11 a.m.) on Saturday, Feb. 25.