Scots’ Salem split snaps streak; sinks Spirits, 7-5

Scots’ Salem split snaps streak; sinks Spirits, 7-5

The Maryville College Scots ended their eight-game skid with a huge win on Saturday, as MC downed the USA South top-ranked Spirits, 7-5, in a conference split.

Maryville used a key seven-run fourth to earn the victory over Salem, who currently sits atop the USA South Western Division. That big inning helped the Scots to end their eight-game losing streak on Saturday behind 12 hits.

After giving up a run in the bottom of the second, Maryville trailed 1-0. Breanna Herman used an RBI single to score Amanda Dacunto.

However, a seven-run top of the fourth would give the Scots the lead for good. Back-to-back singles by Essence Strambler and Aly Snider put two runners on, before Alexus Murray's RBI double scored Strambler. Christen Torres added a two-RBI double behind Murray to make the score 3-1 in favor of Maryville. A two-out error would give Maryville new life with runners on the corners, before Ashton Hayden would steal second. Jenna Roberts blasted a two-RBI single to score Hayden and Torres, before Rachel Taylor added an RBI double of her own to score Roberts. Morgan Brewer added an RBI single to score Taylor, as the Scots led 7-1.

Jennifer Vitarelli would add a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut into MC's lead, as Madison Burch and Herman scored. Going to the fifth, the Scots held a 7-4 lead.

Salem would make a rally in the bottom of the seventh, after loading the bags. Brianna Morris would add an RBI single to score Vitarelli with only one out, before a pair of flyouts ended the threat.

Roberst would lead Maryville (18-14, 9-9 USA South) with a 2-for-3 effort. The senior would add two RBI and a run in the game. Torres was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, while Murray went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Snider was 2-for-4, as Strambler went 1-for-2 with a run. Hayden, Taylor, Brewer and White all added hits in the game, as Hayden and Gabrielle Rathmell added runs. Taylor had a run and an RBI, as Brewer tallied an RBI.

Nicole Blackburn earned the victory, as she pitched 4.0 innings. She gave up just eight hits and four runs, while striking out a pair. Casey Joliff earned the save, while going 3.0 innings with only a single run. She gave up four hits while striking out one.

In the day's second game, Salem College took the victory, 8-0, in five innings. The Scots could manage only one hit in the second game, as Roberts went 1-for-2 to end Sydney Vaughn's no-hitter bid.

The Spirits tallied five second-inning runs, before tallying three in the fourth inning for the victory.

Maryville will look next to face Piedmont College tomorrow, Sunday, April 2. First pitch for the USA South double header is set for 1 p.m.