Maryville College opened the 2019 season with a strong offensive performance, as the Scots toppled Webster University, 12-1, in five innings.
MC had a pair of key innings, including a four-run first inning and a six-run fourth inning. The squad took advantage of five Gorlok errors on the day for the convincing 11-run victory.
"It's huge, and it's a great start to our season," Head Coach Leah Kelley said. "We understand that this is the first game, and there's still stuff that we're going to continue to work on. Obviously, Morgan Corland had a fantastic game pitching, which helped our offense to relax. I think we did well playing on both sides of the ball."
Maryville's Taylor Campbell went 1-for-2 on the day with a pair of runs and a trio of RBI, as the sophomore blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth.
Christina White added a 1-for-2 afternoon with three RBI and a run with a triple on the day.
Alexus Murray, Ashton Hayden, Morgan Brewer, Essence Strambler and Campbell scored two runs each on the day, as Reid Ballard added a pair of RBI in her first game with the Scots on a 1-for-3 afternoon.
"Through our entire lineup, everybody has the potential to put the ball in play, score and come big for us," Kelley said. "I'm excited, especially with what I saw from my offense and the returners coming back. We have such an explosive offense, and they did a great job of putting the ball in play, backing each other up and putting everybody in scoring position."
Murray was the only MC player with two hits on a 2-for-3 performance, while Hayden and Amaya Goodloe each went 1-for-1.
The Scots also tallied a trio of steals on the day, as Hayden added two and Brewer, one.
Maryville also saw a strong outing from senior hurler Morgan Corland. The right-hander went the complete five-inning game to earn the win.
Corland allowed just two hits with one earned run on the day, as she struck out a pair of Webster hitters looking.
"Let me tell you what, Morgan Corland wants it this year," Kelley said. "She wants the ball in her hand. She struggled a little bit last year and kind of had a down year, but this year, she wants the ball in her hand. Today was her opportunity to show me and her team how bad she wanted it. She's been working extremely hard, so she earned that spot today as our starting pitcher. She excelled in it, and she's going to have an outstanding senior year."
Maryville (1-0) struck early in the top of the first, taking a commanding 4-0 lead. Brewer drew a leadoff walk to open the 2019 campaign, as she advanced to second on a White groundout. A Webster miscue allowed Strambler to reach, as Brewer would score on the errant throw from third. A Campbell walk and a Murray single loaded the bases for MC, as Christen Torres earned the Scots' first RBI with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Strambler. Ballard's first Maryville College hit – a two-RBI single to center – scored Murray and pinch runner Ashleigh Geary, as the Scots took a four-run lead to the second inning.
Webster (0-1) found their only run after an Abby Burroughs' walk in the second inning. Sheyla Iniguez sacrificed her to second with a bunt, before Brienna Shepherd's RBI single down the left-field line scored Burroughs from second. Going to the bottom of the second, Maryville led 4-1.
The Scots got that run back in the bottom of the inning without a single hit. Hayden drew a leadoff walk before stealing second. Brewer would advance Hayden with a groundout, before White's sacrifice fly scored Hayden from third for a 5-1 score.
MC took advantage of a pair of Gorlok errors, as Campbell found first on an error at second. She advanced to second, before an error on Ballard's drive to second scored the second baseman. The Scots stretched their lead to five, 6-1, going to the fourth.
A six-run bottom of the fourth would extend the lead, giving Maryville the win in five innings. A Hayden single and a Webster error put a pair of runners on, before White's two-RBI triple to center scored Brewer and Hayden. Strambler was hit by a pitch, before Campbell came through with a three-run home run. Strambler and White scored on the play to make the score 11-1. Murray doubled to right-center, before a Gorlok error allowed her to score from second to make the final score, 12-1.