Joliff pitches scoreless two-hitter, as Scots down Blue Streaks, 3-0

Joliff pitches scoreless two-hitter, as Scots down Blue Streaks, 3-0

The Maryville College Softball Scots recorded a 3-0 win over John Carroll University on Sunday morning, as Casey Joliff threw a near-perfect ball game.

The sophomore hurler gave up just two hits in the complete-game effort, as she tallied nine strikeouts. Joliff (1-1) gave up not a single walk, as the defense play exceptionally well behind her.

Maryville got runners to third in both the first and second innings, as they stranded a trio of runners through the first two.

Rachel Taylor assured that wouldn't happen in the third stanza, as Morgan Brewer drew a lead-off walk. She stole second, before taking third on a throwing error by the catcher. Taylor's hard-hit single up the middle plated Brewer for the unearned run and a 1-0 Maryville lead.

The Scots again struggled in the bottom of the fourth, as they were able to load to bags. A groundout ended the threat, as Maryville left seven runners stranded through four innings.

In the fifth inning, John Carroll's Caitlin Fitzsimmons thwarted Joliff's perfect game attempt with a double in the right-center gap. Until that point, the junior in the circle had been flawless with six strikeouts and four assists. The right-hander pitched her way out of any trouble, tallying her seventh strikeout of the afternoon.

Maryville would take advantage of their loaded-base opportunity in the bottom of the fifth, as Christen Torres lined a single off the shortstops glove. The two-RBI hit plated Taylor and Alexus Murray, as the Scots took a 3-0 lead to the sixth.

Joliff would close out the game, garnering an extra pair of strikeouts in the final to innings to earn the 3-0 victory.

Maryville (2-1) was led in their eight-hit effort by Torres' 2-for-3 afternoon, as she had a pair of RBI. Taylor was also 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, as Essence Strambler went 2-for-3. Brewer scored a run while drawing a trio of walks, while Murray also scored a run on a walk. Taylor Campbell and Christina White each had hits in the contest.

The Scots drew five walks on the day, as they left nine runners stranded.

For the Blue Streaks (0-1), Jessica Cook took the loss, as she struck out three Scots. Fitzsimmons ended Joliff's volley for a perfect game with a double, while Lindsay McKnight went 1-for-3 for John Carroll.

Maryville will look to face the Blue Streaks again this afternoon at 2 p.m. on MC's Softball Complex, before taking on DePauw University for a 4 p.m. first pitch.