Ballard's RBI, Murray's run lift Scots over Emory, 2-1

Ballard's RBI, Murray's run lift Scots over Emory, 2-1

Maryville College used a Reid Ballard RBI and an Alexus Murray pickle play on Saturday afternoon, as the Scots defeated Emory University, 2-1.

Murray managed to score on a five-throw pickle play for the go-ahead run – an eventual errant throw scoring the catcher. MC's Essence Strambler threw out Emory's best chance to tie the game at the plate for a 2-1 win.

The Scots' Katlyn Smith had another stellar performance in the circle, allowing just one earned run in the complete-game seven innings. She moved to 4-1, while striking out four Eagles on the day.

Emory struck first in the top of the second, as Natalie Arreguin took the first pitch she saw for a solo shot. The home run crossed the left-center fence for a 1-0 Eagles' lead.

Maryville battled back bottom of the third to regain the lead, however. Taylor Campbell outran a single to third, as Murray drew a walk to put two runners on. A Christen Torres sacrifice bunt put runners in scoring position, as Ballard earned an RBI with a single up the middle to plate pinch runner Ashleigh Geary. Murray played pickle to perfection, outlasting five throws before an error at the plate allowed the catcher to score for a 2-1 lead.

A two-out double put Sarah Katz in scoring position for the Eagles in the bottom of the sixth. Cassie Bacca singled to left, but Strambler came up throwing. The junior's throw beat Katz by 30 feet to the plate, preserving MC's one-run victory.

Maryville (6-3) was led by Ballard's 2-for-3 effort with an RBI. Strambler, Campbell and Ashton Hayden each added a hit, while Murray and Geary plated runs.

Emory (2-3) saw Mattie Ryan go 2-for-3, while Arreguin was 1-for-3 with an RBI and run on her home run. The four other hits for the Eagles were spread across four different players.