Maryville College's Ryan Jones started his MC career with a bang this weekend, as the freshman outfielder was named the USA South Rookie of the Week.
Jones – a Forsyth, Ga. native – went a combined 4-for-10 with four RBI, three runs scored, two doubles and a pair of walks in his inaugural series with the Scots.
"It's big," Head Coach Cody Church said. "It's big for him to get some confidence going early in the year. He didn't need to prove to us anything as a coaching staff or as a team, because he did that all fall. He's just a really good hitter, great player and a great competitor. He just plays the game really hard, so we're excited to see him get rewarded so early in his career."
The left fielder had a .400 batting average in Maryville's 3-0 weekend, as he tallied a .538 on-base percentage.
Jones added in a .600 slugging percentage, as he aided the Scots in starting the season 3-0 for the second-straight year.
In his first collegiate game, Jones went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI. He also drew a walk in the 5-2 win over Belhaven University.
Jones scored the game's go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, as he broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double to left center. Cody Gregory scored on the play to give MC a 3-2 lead they would never relinquish.
He also scored on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth after reaching on a Belhaven error.
Finally, the First Presbyterian Day School product had his biggest performance thus far against Millsaps. Jones went 3-for-4 with a trio of RBI and a pair of runs scored, as he led the Scots to a come-from-behind 17-7 victory over Millsaps College.
"He was huge," Church said. "I don't think the stat line really tells how big some of those hits were. He came up in a lot of really big momentum opportunities, and he kept coming through for us. That really helped turn the tide, I think, in the middle of that game. That kind of helped us capture the lead and run with it there in the back end of the game. He had a really good weekend, and I think he capped it with the Millsaps game, for sure."
Jones reached on an error in the top of the fourth, scoring on a Peyton Sawyer single to cut Millsaps' lead to three, 7-4.
In the fifth, he would cut into the lead again with an RBI double down the left field line that plated Mike Homan for a 7-5 score. Jones added a two-RBI single in the sixth, and scored on a Jake Petersen RBI single in the eighth.
The Scots scored 15 unanswered runs in the game to complete the comeback victory.
Maryville will look to continue their win streak this week, as the Scots travel to Rome, Ga. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Scots play Berry College at 5 p.m., before their home opener this weekend against Lynchburg College.