Christian Poulsen tossed a complete game while going 3-for-4 at the plate to help Maryville College defeat No. 21 Methodist University 3-1 in a key USA South Athletic Conference road challenge on Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The Scots tallied a solo run in the sixth inning when Gabe Lopez doubled down the left-field line and advanced to third on a Christian Poulsen single. Lopez scored on a Cody Gregory sacrifice bunt giving MC a 1-0 lead.
Methodist answered in the bottom of the sixth when Tucker Criswell singled before dashing home on a Will May RBI double.
Maryville's Drew Johnson doubled with two outs in the top of the ninth with the score tied 1-1. Matthew Petzelt pinch ran for Johnson and scampered home on a Logan Hayes opposite-field game-winning RBI single. Kolton Hicks singled to advance Hayes before Gabe Lopez loaded the bases after getting hit by a pitch. The Scots plated an insurance run when Christian Poulsen placed an infield single scoring Hayes.
On the mound, Poulsen scattered seven hits while allowing only one earned run in the complete-game effort.
The victory advances Maryville to 11-7 overall and 4-4 in USA South action. The loss drops the Monarchs to 15-3, 6-1 in league challenges.