One bad inning. Just one crooked inning makes a big difference.
In a key USA South Athletic Conference doubleheader, the Maryville College Scots were just one inning away from a home sweep.
Instead, Huntingdon College defeated MC 7-2 in the series opener before the Scots rallied for an 11-3 victory in the nightcap.
In the first challenge, Huntingdon posted a five-run fourth inning to secure the opening win. The Hawks used a two-RBI double by Taylor Fought to go up 2-0. Following an MC miscue, Huntingdon posted a trio of unearned runs after a two-RBI single by Will Cosby and an RBI double by Joseph Calvert.
Huntingdon tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth when catcher Jud Owens singled to left field scoring Garrett Breland and Taylor Fought.
After allowing three earned runs over six complete innings, MC's Anthony Rodriguez took the loss on the mound. He scattered six hits while striking out five.
Huntingdon's Carden Mellown (3-1) earned the win allowing only five hits over eight complete innings. He struck out five Scots.
Mc catcher Evan Ezell was the only Scot finishing with a pair of hits. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In the nightcap, Maryville's Christian Poulsen earned his fourth victory of the season on the mound after limiting Huntingdon's strong offensive attack to one earned run over 6.2 innings of work. Poulsen scattered nine hits.
An infield single by Hayden Hollingsworth sent Ezell home in the second inning to make the score 3-0.
The Scots added a run in the fourth with a Patrick Messenger RBI fielder's choice.
The Hawks made the score 4-1 in the 5th when Wes Powell drove in Joseph Calvert with a sacrifice fly.
Trailing 6-1, Huntingdon added a run in the 6th when Joseph Calvert singled in Will Cosby.
Right fielder Johnny Carpenter deposited his third homerun of the season onto Honaker Field in the7th to make the score 7-2.
Huntingdon added an unearned run in the ninth when Garrett Headley scored off a Maryville miscue.
Maryville (16-3, 2-3 USA South) will host the Hawks (11-7, 2-3 USA South) in the series finale on Saturday. First pitch on MC's Scotland Yard is set for 2:00 p.m.