Scots barrel by Berea behind Smith's no hitter, Hayden's inside-the-park homer, 10-0

Scots barrel by Berea behind Smith's no hitter, Hayden's inside-the-park homer, 10-0

Maryville College's Katlyn Smith pitched a no-hitter, as Ashton Hayden's inside-the-park homer lifted the Scots to their 11th-straight USA South Athletic Conference victory, 10-0, over Berea College.

MC holds the lead in the USA South, as the only remaining unbeaten squad in conference play.

Smith led the way for the Scots, striking out 11 of the 16 batters she faced. The sophomore hurler moved to 14-3 on the season, as she gave up just one walk in the five-inning contest.

"The one thing about Katlyn is that she's always consistent, no matter who we're playing," Head Coach Leah Kelley said. "She's never one of those pitchers that will slack up or bring it more for a more competitive team. She is level-headed and consistent, not matter who she faces. That showed today."

Smith pitched 48 strikes in 70 total pitches to earn the win.

Hayden had her inside-the-park blast, while Taylor Campbell went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs and a pair of RBI, Hayden was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run, while Christen Torres tallied a trio of RBI.

"We're hitting the ball right now," Kelley said. "It's all about peaking at the right time, and right now, we're peaking. It's showing with our offense, it's showing with our defense, and it's definitely showing with our pitching, as well."

Maryville got on the board early in the bottom of the first inning. An Alexus Murray walk and an Essence Strambler single to center put a pair of runners on. Campbell would score both with a two-RBI shot down the right-field line for a 2-0 lead. Campbell advanced to third on a groundout, before Sarah Gordon's RBI single through the left side made it 3-0 Maryville.

The Scots added five additional runs in the bottom of the third, as Hayden's inside-the-park shot came into play. Campbell drew a lead off walk, before pinch runner Ashleigh Geary stole second. Reid Ballard plated her with an RBI single to right, before Gordon singled to center. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, as Torres earned an RBI on a Berea error, Gordon also scoring on the play. Brewer also reached on an error, before Hayden's two-RBI inside-the-park homer to right center made the score 8-0.

MC added to their lead in the fourth, as back-to-back singles by Strambler and Campbell put runners on. Torres would double to right, scoring Campbell and Gordon. The scores gave Maryville a 10-0 lead, as Smith shut the door in the top of the fifth.

Maryville (19-8, 11-0 USA South) was led by Campbell and Hayden, as Gordon went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and an RBI. Strambler was 2-for-3 with a run, as Torres went 1-for-3 with three RBI. Ballard was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI, as Brewer and Geary each plated runs.

Berea (11-20, 3-10) saw Kara Winchester as the only runner. The designated player drew a walk to bust up Smith's perfect game bid.