Scots follow Murray for 6-3 win in extra innings

Scots follow Murray for 6-3 win in extra innings

Maryville College fought off a late LaGrange College rally in the second game of the day, as the Scots kept their USA South mark unblemished with a 6-3 extra-inning victory.

Maryville plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning to take a 3-2 lead, but the Panthers knotted it back up in the bottom of the inning. The Scots held them scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, scoring a trio of eighth-inning runs for the 6-3 win.

The victory marks the second victory via comeback for Maryville on the day, as they propel their conference record to 8-0 overall.

"Today was a big day all around for our team," Head Coach Leah Kelley said. "I think the biggest missing link for our team recently has been pushing those big runs across when we need them. Going into extras today, and then so many people coming up with big hits and moving runners, it was a big day for our offense."

It breaks a streak of 0-5 in extra-inning contests for the Scots dating back to 2016.

MC's Alexus Murray was key for the Scots' success, as the senior catcher went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run.

Murray plated a pair of RBI in the eighth inning to secure the key victory.

"She's our senior," Kelley said. "She's our senior, and she's been a rock. She's our rock behind the plate. She's a competitor in the box, and when it's your senior year, you push a little bit more. She has such quality at bats, and that's really helped her out. She's coming up clutch for us. We needed somebody to step up in that leadoff spot, and she's done that."

LaGrange got on the board first in the bottom of the opening inning. Taylor Long reached on a bunt single, stealing both second and third. Sydney Hodorff's sacrifice fly to center scored Long for a 1-0 Panther advantage.

Maryville knotted the game at one-all in the top of the third. Morgan Brewer found a leadoff single, advancing to third on a Casey Joliff hit-by-pitch and an Ashton Hayden sacrifice. Murray earned the RBI with a groundout, making the score 1-1 through three innings.

LaGrange again took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Hodorff led off the inning with a double to right-center, as pinch runner K Whitaker advanced to third on a groundout. Haley Coleman's RBI single to right gave LaGrange a 2-1 lead through four.

Maryville found their first lead in the top of the sixth. A Murray single and an Essence Strambler walk put runners on, as Taylor Campbell scorched an RBI single up the middle. Murray scored to knot things at 2-2. Sarah Gordon earned the RBI with a double to right-center, scoring pinch runner Amaya Goodloe for a 3-2 MC advantage.

The Panthers tied it again in the bottom of the inning to send it to extras following the seventh. Hodorff singled up the middle tot lead the inning, as a ground out and a foul out allowed her to advance to third. Coleman added her second RBI of the game, doubling to left-center for a 3-3 ballgame.

Maryville scored a trio of runs in the eighth to secure the 6-3 victory. Reid Ballard was placed on second as a rule in the eighth, as Gordon's sacrifice moved her to third. She scored on a passed ball, before Christen Torres, Ashton Hayden and Brewer drew walks to load the bases. Murray scored both Brewer and pinch runner Kylie Canova with a single to short.

Maryville (16-8, 8-0 USA South) was led by Murray's performance. Brewer went 1-for-2 with a pair of runs, while Campbell and Gordon were each 1-for-3 with an RBI. Strambler went 1-for-4, as Goodloe, Ballard and Canova added runs for the Scots.

Casey Joliff pitched a gem through 5.2 innings, allowing just three earned runs. She gave up seven hits, while striking out one. Katlyn Smith pitched 2.1 innings to close out the game, earning her second win of the day. She went that span without allowing a hit or a run, as she walked one and struck out another.

LaGrange (6-10, 2-6) was led by Coleman who went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Hodorff was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, while Long went 2-for-3 with a run.

Maryville will return to action tomorrow, as they round out their USA South road swing with a trip to Huntingdon College. First pitch against the Hawks is slated for 2 p.m. eastern.