Maryville College opened the Berea College series with an offensive explosion, as the Scots downed the Mountaineers, 14-5, on Scotland Yard.
Freshman Hayden Hollingsworth had a huge day, as the third baseman went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, an RBI and a walk. The freshman also tallied a trio of stolen bases on the day. Andrew Henry was 3-for-4 with a three of runs, one RBI and a walk on the afternoon for the Scots.
MC's Bryce Redaja tallied his USA South leading seventh home run of the season during the game to spur the Scots' first surge. He also recorded his 27th RBI of the 2017 season.
Evan Heffner earned his third victory of the season, after the junior tossed 5.1 innings. He gave up only one earned run on nine hits, as he struck out six.
An error proved costly in the top of the second for the Scots, as Berea got Andrew Akins to second via a wildly thrown ball. William Hislope's bunt single moved him to third with runners on the corners and no outs. An RBI single up the middle from Nicholas Bottom would score Akins from third, before Joshua Works scored Hislope with an RBI single of his own. Both runs ranked unearned, as the Mountaineers led 2-0 going to the bottom of the second.
Maryville drew back-to-back walks to start their half of the inning, before Evan Ezell's sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third with one out. McKenzie Jackson's sacrifice fly to right-center scored Drew Johnson, as Maryville closed the gap, 2-1.
Redaja planted a blast off the light pole in right-center field, as his solo homerun in the bottom of the third knotted the game at 2-all. A single and a steal by Hollingsworth were followed by a bunt single from Andrew Henry to put runners on the corners with no outs. An error scored Hollingsworth, as Johnny Carpenter recorded the RBI fielder's choice, before Johnson's sacrifice fly to left would plate Henry. Carpenter would score on Alden Wright's RBI groundout, as Maryville would go to the fourth with a 5-2 advantage.
The Mountaineers would plate their third run in the top of the fourth, as Josh Wilson's RBI down the left-field line would score Hislope. Going to the bottom of the inning, Maryville held a 5-3 lead.
Hollingsworth would score Jackson from second after back-to-back walks with an RBI single through the left side. Redaja caught Berea sleeping, stealing third after the play was over. Henry would score him with an RBI groundout, as the Scots carried a 7-3 advantage going to the fifth.
Cambridge Dacci used a single and a stolen base to reach third, before Bottom would score him with an RBI single through the left side. The run would cut Maryville's lead to three, 7-4.
Maryville loaded the bases to start the bottom of the sixth with no outs. Johnson reached on a fielder's choice error, as the third baseman sailed the throw over the catcher head. Hollingsworth and Henry both scored on the play, leaving runners on second and third. Wright's sacrifice fly plated Carpenter from third, before an error would score Johnson. After stealing second, Patrick Messinger would score Jackson with an RBI up the middle. Going to the seventh, Maryville held a commanding 12-4 lead.
MC added to its lead in the bottom of the seventh, after Carpenter's sacrifice fly scored Hollingsworth from third. Curt Bennett laced an RBI single through the left side to score Henry from second, as the Scots led 14-4 going to the eighth.
Berea would tally a run in the top of the inning, as the final would rank 15-4.
Maryville (16-15) saw Hollingsworth and Henry lead the way. Carpenter was 1-for-4 with a pair of runs and a pair of RBIs, while Johnson added two runs on a 1-for-1 effort. Jackson had two runs and an RBI for Maryville, as Messinger added an RBI in a 1-for-2 afternoon. Redaja was 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, as Wright tallied two RBI in a hitless day. Bennett was 1-for-1 with an RBI for the Scots.
For Berea (9-14), it was Hislope whoe had a 3-for-4 afternoon with a trio of runs. Bottom and Works went 2-for-4 each, as Bottom tallied two RBI. Works had one.