Murray's grand slam leads MC to win over Union (N.Y.); errors prove costly against Tufts

Murray's grand slam leads MC to win over Union (N.Y.); errors prove costly against Tufts

Maryville College split on day two of their spring break trip to Clermont, Fla., as the Scots tallied 21 runs on the day.

The Orange and Garnet run-ruled Union College (N.Y.) in game one of the day, 12-3, in five innings, after Maryville jumped on 10 runs in the first inning. In game two, five errors proved costly, as they fell to Tufts University, 10-9.

The Scots are 2-2 in the trip, as they look to face off in their final two games tomorrow, March 23. Maryville plays Buffalo State at 9 a.m., before taking on Wisconsin-Superior at 2 p.m.


GAME ONE: Maryville College 12, Union College (N.Y.) 3 (5 innings)

Maryville College scored 10 unearned runs in the first inning to take an early lead on Union College, as Alexus Murray blasted a grand slam.

It was Murray's only hit of the game, as she had a run and four RBI, while Morgan Brewer went 3-for-4 with a trio of RBI and a pair of runs.

Nicole Blackburn earned the win inside the circle, going 4.1 innings. She allowed just five hits and not a single earned run, as she struck out six.

Christina White would reach on an error, before a single and a walk placed her on third. A wild pitch would plate her, before a second error loaded the bases for Maryville. Murray would blast her grand slam to right, as the Taylor Campbell, Rachel Taylor and Essence Strambler scored. The Scots led 5-0 through the first six batters.

Three consecutive singles would load the bases again for Maryville in the first inning, however, before Brewer's bases-clearing triple down the left-field line scored Ashton Hayden, Sarah Gordon and Christen Torres. White would earn an RBI with a bunt single to the pitcher, scoring Brewer, before Taylor's RBI single up the middle plated White from second. After one inning, the Scots led 10-0.

A pair of singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bags for Maryville in the top of the third inning. Campbell would lace a single up the middle, scoring Brewer and Hayden for a 12-0 MC advantage.

Union College (N.Y.) would rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, however, as a pair of MC errors to lead off the inning put runners on. Courtney Casey singled up the middle to load the bags, before a bases-loaded walk by Kendall Rogoff scored Makayla Koehler. A no-out fielder's choice scored Stuart Buxton, before Kara Brown's RBI single scored Casey. A Gigi Kietltyka hit would find Nikki Ditizio running to second, as she was called out for interference to end the game, 12-3.

Maryville (17-7) was led by Brewer and Murray. Strambler was 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Hayden was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs. White went 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, as Campbell was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Taylor was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI, as both Torres and Gordon went 1-for-3 with a run each.

For the Dutchmen (0-1), it was Puzo that was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Casey went 2-for-3 with a run scored.


GAME TWO: Tufts University 10, Maryville College 9

Five Maryville College errors allowed Tufts University to rally late, as the Jumbos came rumbling back for a 10-9 win in the seventh inning.

A late error left the door open for Tufts on what would have been the final out of the game and win in Maryville's favor. The Jumbos would score two runs, as they would come back from three down in the final three innings for a 10-9 win.

Tufts struck in the top of the first inning, as a pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Sarah Finnigan pulled a two-RBI single up the middle, as Jamie Stevens and Samantha Siciliano scored on the play. The Jumbos led 2-0 after one inning.

In the bottom of the second, Maryville would rally. Three-straight singles loaded the bases, before Gordon's groundout scored pinch runner Gabrielle Rathmell. Murray scored on a fielder's choice, before Torres would be plated on a Brewer groundout. Maryville led 3-2 after two.

MC would extend that lead in the bottom of the third. Murray tallied and RBI single through the right side to score Strambler who walked earlier in the inning. Campbell would score on a on a fielder's choice from Torres, as the Scots led 5-2 after three innings.

Tufts would tally four runs in the top of the fourth to regain the lead. A double and an error put a pair of runners on to lead off the inning, before Sarah Willner-Giwerc singled through the left side to score Maria Ostapovich. Isabel Smokelin would score on the next play, as Siciliano earned the RBI with a single to center. Kristen Caporelli's groundout RBI and Stevens RBI single – the fourth consecutive RBI – plated Willner-Giwerc and Siciliano, as the Jumbos led 6-5.

A walk, a single and a wild pitch put runners on second and third for Maryville in the bottom of the fifth, before Brewer's two-RBI single through the left side scored Hayden and Gordon. Three-straight walks loaded the bags, before a two-RBI single by Campbell would plate White and Strambler. The four-run fourth would give MC the lead again, 9-6.

A pair of errors to start the fifth would put runners on, before Siciliano's sacrifice fly would score Smokelin. Caporelli's RBI single up the middle would score Willner-Giwerc. Both unearned runs would cut the Scots' lead to one, 9-8.

A final-out error in the seventh would have ended the game, however, Willner-Giwerc would score on the play after doubling earlier. Stevens would slap an RBI single to left-center to score Caporelli, as Tufts' fourth-straight unearned run would give them the win, 10-9.

Maryville (17-8) was led by Campbell who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Murray was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, as Brewer went 1-for-4 with a trio of runs batted in.

Torres and Hayden each had an RBI and run scored on one-hit days, as Gordon had a run and an RBI. White had a run on a one-hit effort, as Stramber had two runs and Rathmell, one.

Tufts (7-2) saw Stevens go 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run. Willner-Giwec was 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, while Caporelli was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Siciliano was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, as Finnigan had two RBI on a two-hit afternoon. Smokelin scored two runs on a no-hit effort.