Scots down Buffalo State, Wisconsin-Superior in spring break finale

Scots down Buffalo State, Wisconsin-Superior in spring break finale

Maryville College completed their spring-break swing on Friday morning, as the Scots earned a 4-2 record in Clermont, Fla.

Maryville toppled Buffalo State College, 14-4, in the opening game of the day, before they downed University of Wisconsin-Superior, 4-2, in their final game.


GAME ONE: Maryville College 14, Buffalo State College 4

The Maryville College softball team advanced to 18-8 on the final day of their Florida Spring Break trip to Clermont, Florida with a thrilling 14-4 victory over Buffalo State on Friday morning.

Maryville College used a two-run home run from Rachel Taylor and combined pitching effort from Katlyn Smith and Casey Joliff to earn a 14-4 victory over Buffalo State.

Smith (8-1) continued her outstanding pitching allowing three earned runs in 4.1 innings of work while scattering six hits. Joliff relieved Smith with 2.2 innings of four-hit work while not allowing an earned run.

MC's offense, hitting a collective .366, was paced by Morgan Brewer, Christina White, Essence Strambler and Alexus Murray each collecting a pair of hits. White, Taylor, Murray and Christen Torres each tallied a trio of RBI.

Taylor – the lone senior – blasted a two-run homerun in the first scoring White.

A Murray single drove in a pair in the third with an opposite field single, before Torres added a pair of runs on a single to left field.

Following a four run third inning, MC posted five runs in the fourth highlighted by RBI singles by White and Murray before Torres drove home Taylor Campbell with a groundout.

Buffalo State posted a trio of runs in the fourth and fifth before Joliff silenced the Bengal bats.

Maryville tallied three runs in the top of the seventh when MacKenzie Frye drove in Torres, before White plated Frye with an RBI single to right field. The Scots finished their scoring with a bases-loaded walk to Taylor.


GAME TWO: Maryville College 4, University of Wisconsin-Superior 2

Maryville College again followed the strong arm of Nicole Blackburn on Friday, as the junior right-hander shut down the Bengals.

Blackburn allowed just six hits in the complete game effort, as she struck out three and walked only one. Her pitching allowed the Scots to find their rhythm in a nine-hit effort, as she moved to 6-2 on the year.

The win on Friday afternoon is the Scots' 19 of the season, as they look for No. 20 in a two-game road swing against Piedmont College on March 27. First pitch in Demorest, Ga. is set for 1 p.m., as it will be a battle for first place within the USA South.

A Brewer RBI single through the right side in the third scored Ashton Hayden who singled on a bunt.

The Scots would add two more in the bottom of the fourth, while a Torres RBI scored Taylor from third. Frye followed suit with an RBI single of her own as the next batter to score Murray from second, as Maryville would lead 3-0.

Wisconsin-Superior's Ciarra Stavang would blast a two-run shot to right-center to score Sarah Fjeran in the top of the fifth, cutting the Scots' lead to only one, 3-2.

Strambler's RBI single to score Brewer in the bottom of the fifth would extend the lead back to two, as Blackburn would shut the door through the final two innings for the 4-2 win.

Maryville was led by Strambler's 2-for-3 effort, as she added an RBI. Brewer was 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI, as Taylor added a run. Hayden and Murray had a run each on one-hit efforts, as Torres and Frye had RBI on one-hit days. Campbell and White each had a hit for Maryville.

Stavang led Wisconsin-Superior (4-12) with a 1-for-2 day, as she had two RBI and a run scored.