The Maryville College Scots suffered their first sweep of the season on Saturday, as Meredith College took the series, 6-5, 6-2.
Maryville forced extra innings in the thrilling first game, before miscues took over during the day's second game.
The Scots celebrated Senior Day on the afternoon, as they honored their two seniors – Jenna Roberts and Jessica McMahan. The duo has combined for a 42-24 record over the past two seasons, helping to revive the Maryville College softball program.
Meredith (14-12, 7-3 USA South) started the first game of the day early, loading the bags with a pair of singles and a error on a sacrifice bunt. Sarah Watson drew a bases-loaded walk to score Haley Ervin, before an infield single by Erica Occena scored Kelsey Mabe. MC's Alexus Murray caught Brittany Bucklin stealing home, before a groundout ended the inning. The Avenging Angels led 2-0 after the top of the first.
Following a pair of infield singles and a sacrifice, Bucklin used a two-RBI shot to the warning track in right-center field. Ellen Blevins and Ervin scored on the play. Meredith would load the bags, before Morgan Corland would come in as relief to end the inning with a fly out – the Angels leading 4-0.
Maryville (17-7, 8-4) would rally with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, however. After a lead off single by Rachel Taylor, pinch runner Christina White would make her way to third via a walk and a fly out. A wild pitch would score the speedster from third for the Scots' first run of the day. Casey Joliff would lace a two RBI shot off the warning track in left to score Aly Snider and Christen Torres from first and second. Jessica McMahan moved to third via wild pitch, before Essence Strambler would score her with a shot up the middle. Maryville and Meredith would go to the seventh tied at 4-all.
The Avenging Angels would strike back, though, aided by a Maryville error. An RBI double by Maria Annunziata plated Mabe from second with no outs. Meredith would leave the bases juiced, however, as Corland got out of the innings with a pair of strikeouts and a line out. Going to the bottom of the seventh, Maryville trailed 5-4.
The Scots would capitalize on Meredith miscues to tie the game with their final chance. Taylor drew a walk, as Gabrielle Rathmell would stand in as the pinch runner. An error on a pick off attempt from catcher Rachel Peel would put her to second, before a groundout moved her to third. The speedy runner would score from third on a wild pitch to knot things at 5-all, as the game would go to extra innings.
With the International Run Rule in effect, the Angels were awarded a runner on second. A bunt and an error would score Charley Cox to give Meredith a 6-5 lead. Maryville couldn't push a runner across, as the Avenging Angles took the win.
For Maryville, it was Ashton Hayden who went 4-for-5. Morgan Brewer was 2-for-4, while Joliff went 1-for-1 with two RBI. Strambler and Torres each had one hit days, as Strambler added an RBI. Torres, McMahan, Snider, White and Rathmell each recorded runs, while Taylor added a hit.
For Meredith, Ervin and Mabe each went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs, while Bucklin went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
The Scots' offense struggled in the first game, as MC also gave up a trio of errors that proved costly, 6-2.
A pair of errors to start the third inning aided Meredith. An RBI single by Mabe would score Peel, before Bucklin added a two-RBI shot up the middle to score Julia Allsbrook and Mabe for a 3-0 Avenging Angel lead.
Maryville got on the board in the second half of the inning on Meredith miscues. Hayden reached on an error, before eventually scoring on a wild pitch.
Back-to-back-to-back singles to start the fourth loaded the bags for Maryville, before an infield single by Roberts scored Brewer from third. The run pulled MC to within one, 3-2, before they left the bases loaded for the seventh stranded runner of the game.
Meredith used a sacrifice foul fly to score Annunziata in the top of the sixth. An RBI single from Blevins scored Laura Zievis from second, as the Angels led 5-2.
A walk and a hit-by-pitch to start the seventh plated another run for Meredith as Bucklin laced an RBI single down the left-field line. Meredith would take the win, 6-2.
Maryville was led by Hayden's 2-for-4 effort, as she tallied a run and an RBI. Brewer, Torres and McMahan all recorded hits, as Brewer added a run for the Scots.
For Meredith, Bucklin again came up big with a 2-for-4 effort with three RBI. Mabe was 2-for-3 with a run, a walk and an RBI.
Maryville will look next to face Emory University on Tuesday, March 21. The games are slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. in Atlanta, Ga.