Crazy finish, Ballard's two RBI lift Scots to sweep of Emory & Henry, 4-3

Crazy finish, Ballard's two RBI lift Scots to sweep of Emory & Henry, 4-3

In a game full of crazy plays, it was only fitting the Scots would win on one in their second game of the double header against Emory & Henry College.

The Wasps battled back from a 3-0 deficit, knotting the game with a two-out rally in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, the Scots would find an unconventional run for the 4-3 victory.

Christina White doubled to center field to lead off the inning, as she would score on Taylor Campbell's at-bat. Campbell laced a shot to third, as Allyson Steadman came up to tag White.

The ball flew out of Steadman's glove on the tag, allowing White to round third for home. Left-fielder Holly Britt collected the loose ball, her throw ricocheting off White who scored the unearned run.

The double error gave the Scots the go-ahead run and the sweep of Emory & Henry. Maryville held off a Wasp rally in the first game, taking both by the 4-3 score.

Maryville College broke the silence in the bottom of the fourth, as Essence Strambler broke a 5.2-inning drought against Cameron Derr with a comebacker to the pitcher. Derr pitched the final two innings of the first game of the day and the first 3.2 of the second. Until Strambler's hit, Derr had been perfect with only a walk 11 total strikeouts.

However, Strambler broke the silence that unleashed a fury for the Scots. Taylor Campbell doubled to the wall in left, scoring pinch runner Amaya Goodloe from first. Alexus Murray singled through the left side, stealing second two pitches later. Reid Ballard laced a single up the middle, score both Murray and pinch runner Gabrielle Rathmell. The two-RBI shot gave MC a 3-0 lead after four innings.

Emory & Henry found a two-out rally in the top of the sixth. A walk and a single put runners on, as Kendall Varner snuck an RBI double down the left-field line. Pinch runner Caitlyn Yates scored on the play, as Kyndall Hiatt added a two-RBI single to right. Varner and pinch runner Anna Thomas scored from second and third, the Wasps knotting the game at 3-all going to the bottom of the sixth.

MC won it in the bottom of the inning.

Maryville College (3-1) had five hits on the day scattered across five different Scots. Ballard was 1-for-3 with two RBI, while White and Murray went 1-for-3 with a run. Campbell was 1-for-3 with an RBI, as Goodloe and Rathmell scored runs. Essence Strambler also added a hit for the Scots with a 1-for-3 day.

Casey Joliff earned the win to move to 1-0. She pitched a complete game, giving up eight hits and only one walk.

Emory & Henry College (3-4) saw their pitchers combine for 11 total strikeouts, as they outhit Maryville 8-5. Hiatt went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while Steadman was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Maryville will have three days off before the Scots take on Averett University and Mary Baldwin University this weekend. The games – non-conference, cross-divisional contests – will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 against the Cougars.

The Scots will face the Fighting Squirrels in a double-header on Sunday, March 3, as well. First pitch is also set for 1 p.m.