Scots' brooms busy; MC earns third-straight USA South sweep

Scots' brooms busy; MC earns third-straight USA South sweep

Maryville College's brooms have been busy over the past week, as the Scots earned their third-straight sweep and their sixth-consecutive win on Sunday.

MC swept the Agnes Scott College Scotties in USA South play, taking both games by a 2-1 and 6-0 score.

Maryville moved to 6-0 in conference play, as each of their trio of sweeps came against USA South competition this week. Both the Scots and the Lions of Piedmont College rank atop the Western Division with unblemished records through six games.


Game One: Maryville 2, Agnes Scott 1

Maryville College earned a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon in the opening game with the Scotties, as the Scots followed sophomore pitcher Katlyn Smith for her fourth victory of the week.

Smith pitched a complete game, giving up just four hits to the Decatur, Ga. squad. She fanned eight, while allowing just one earned run.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth, as the Scots struck first. Reid Ballard led off the inning with a single, as she took second on a throwing error. Sarah Gordon promptly scored pinch runner Ashleigh Geary with a double to left center, giving Maryville a 1-0 lead.

Maryville would find the eventual winning run in the top of the fifth, as Ashton Hayden singled and stole second. The center fielder advanced to third on an Alexus Murray fly out, as Taylor Campbell used an RBI single up the middle to score Hayden. Going to the bottom of the fifth, Maryville led 2-0.

Agnes Scott rallied in the bottom of the sixth, as Valerie Rivas drew a leadoff walk. She stole second, before a KayLeigh Fitzgerald single down the left-field line plated Rivas from second. The Scots ended the threat, as Essence Strambler threw Fitzgerald out trying to stretch her hit to a double.

Maryville was led by Ballard and Hayden who each went 2-for-3. Hayden added a run and a pair of stolen bases, while both Sarah Gordon and Campbell went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Murray had a stolen base, as Strambler added a hit. Geary also plated a run for the Scots.

Agnes Scott scattered their four hits across four different players, as Rivas was 1-for-2 with a run. Fitzgerald was also 1-for-2 with an RBI on the day.


Game Two: Maryville 6, Agnes Scott 0

Maryville earned the sweep with a shutout in the second game of the day, as the Scots' offense came alive.

MC had a home run from Strambler, a trio of doubles and six stolen bases in the second game, as Casey Joliff pitched a gem.

The senior hurler tossed a complete game, allowing just two hits and four walks while striking out one.

Strambler had a big outing, going 2-for-4 with a homer and a double. She scored two runs, while adding an RBI.

MC used a two-out rally in the top of the first, as Campbell found a single to left. Geary – a pinch runner – stole second before scoring on a Ballard RBI single through the right side. The Scots led 1-0 after one inning.

In the second inning, Maryville plated four runs on five hits. After a Strambler double, Morgan Brewer would plate the left fielder with an RBI double to left of her own. She stole third, before stealing home on a strikeout. Murray singled to left to score Amaya Goodloe, before Campbell's double to right field plated Murray from second. After two innings, MC led 5-0.

Strambler added a solo home run in the top of the fifth, as her shot to left gave MC the 6-0 win.

Maryville (14-6, 6-0 USA South) was led by Strambler, as Brewer went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, a run and an RBI. Murray was 2-for-4 with two steals, a run and an RBI, as Campbell went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Ballard was 1-for-4 with an RBI, as Sarah Gordon added a 1-for-3 effort. Goodloe and Geary each scored a run in the victory.

Agnes Scott (2-20, 0-6) saw Rivas and Kayla Quesenberry each go 1-for-3 in their two-hit attack.

Maryville will have a couple days off before hosting Birmingham-Southern College on Wednesday, March 27. First pitch is set for noon at the MC Softball Complex.