Scots split doubleheader with William Peace to win league series

Scots split doubleheader with William Peace to win league series

The Maryville College baseball team claimed a key USA South series with William Peace University after splitting a doubleheader on Saturday on MC's Scotland Yard. The Scots took the opener on the day 10-3 before falling 8-1 in the nightcap.

 

Maryville's D.J. Cooper earned the victory on the mound in the first challenge after scattering five hits over the first 6.2 innings. The freshman right-hander allowed no earned runs while striking out four. Rocky Mauriello and Anthony Rodriguez combined over the final 2.1 innings of relief allowing only one hit to close the door on the key league victory.

 

The Scots went up 2-0 in the first inning when Eric Hart single through the right-side scoring Logan Hayes. Drew Johnson sent Christian Poulsen home on a groundball to the shortstop.

 

MC tallied an unearned run in the third before William Peace tied the game 3-3 on a trio of unearned runs in the fourth inning.

 

The Scots tallied five runs in the sixth on a pair of balks, a sacrifice fly by Gabe Lopez, a Logan Hayes 2 RBI single.

 

Maryville's 8-3 advantage was expanded in the seventh when Peyton Sawyer doubled to score Drew Johnson before Kolton Hicks drove a sacrifice fly to right field to score Matthew Petzelt for MC's final run.

 

The Scots' nine-hit offensive attack was paced by Logan Hayes and Christian Poulsen each recording a pair of hits.

 

In the series finale, William Peace's Austin Skipper did a great job working ahead in the counts and keeping the Scots' hitters off-balance. Skipper scattered six hits over eight shutout innings.

 

Gabe Lopez and Eric Hart tallied four of the Scots eight hits in the final game.

 

Maryville advances to 18-14 overall and 7-9 in USA South action. William Peace goes to 9-20 and 5-13 following the league split.

 

The Scots will prepare for their league series at Berea College next Friday in Kentucky.