Maryville College ended their USA South regular season on Sunday in heartbreaking fashion, as the Scots dropped two close games to Piedmont College — the conference's Western Division Regular Season champions.
Piedmont took game one, 1-0, before earning the sweep over Maryville with a heartbreaking 6-5 victory in game two.
The Scots end the 2017 USA South season as the sixth-ranked team in the Western Division. MC will play Piedmont in a best-of-three series next weekend, April 8, beginning at 2 p.m.
Maryville left six runners on base, after collecting just three hits in the 1-0 loss to the Lions.
Piedmont would score only one run in the bottom of the fourth. Josie Coker — a pinch hitter — would use an RBI single to center to score Alexis Owens from third. That run would be enough in the 1-0 loss for the Scots.
For Piedmont, it was the eight-hitter that proved costly. Kory Best was 2-for-2 on the day, while Coker pinch hit for her in the fourth with a 1-for-1 afternoon and an RBI. Three of Piedmont's five hits came from the pair.
In the second game of the day, the Lions would earn the victory in walk-off fashion, 6-5.
Piedmont struck first in the bottom of the third, plating a pair of runs. After loading the bags on catcher's interference, Jessica Bagwell would use an RBI single to third to score Haley McCurry. Coker would add an RBI single to left to plate Haley Hixon, as the Lions led 2-0 after three.
Roberts would score a run to end the top of the fourth for the Scots, as Maryville would cut into the lead. Morgan Brewer earned the RBI to cut Piedmonts lead to 2-1.
The Scots would tie the game in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of a Lion error. Essence Strambler scored after Christina White single to center. A wild throw allowed the unearned run and a 2-all score.
A two-run fifth would put Piedmont back in the lead, however. Bagwell tallied an RBI double to left to score Hannah Hoban, before Coker doubled to center to score Hayden Savage. Going to the sixth, Piedmont led 4-2.
MC would fight back, plating two runs in the top of the sixth. Taylor tallied an RBI single to center, scoring Jenna Roberts from second. Taylor would score on Aly Snider's sacrifice fly, as Maryville tied the game for the second time, 4-4.
A Hixon RBI double in the bottom of the inning would put the Lions back in the lead, as Best would score. Maryville would tie it in the top of the seventh, as Essence Strambler homered to left-center as the first batter of the inning, as the game went to the bottom of the seventh at 5-all.
A double by Coker would put a runner on, before Audrey Esakoff would earn the walk-of with an RBI single and a 6-5 final in favor of the Lions.
Maryville was led by Strambler's 2-for-3 effort, as she added two runs and an RBI. Roberts was 1-for-4 with two runs, while Taylor went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Brewer and Snider each added RBI, while White went 1-for-3.
Coker went 4-for-4 for Piedmont, as she had two RBI and a run scored. Hixon, Bagwell and Esakoff each had two-hit day's in the Lions' 13-hit afternoon.
Maryville will look next to face the nation's No. 1 team, Berry College, on the MC Softball complex. First pitch for the double header is set for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5.