Scots spit with Tennessee Wesleyan for 24th win of season

Scots spit with Tennessee Wesleyan for 24th win of season

Maryville College exploded for a 14-hit attack, in defeating NAIA foe Tennessee Wesleyan University, 10-5.

The Scots earned their 24th win of the season, as they edge closer to the 27-win school record.

Maryville fell in the second game of the day, 4-1, to the Bulldogs. The Scots will look next to the USA South Tournament first round set for Saturday, April 7. The double header against Wesleyan College (Ga.) is set to begin at 1 p.m.


GAME ONE: Maryville College 10, Tennessee Wesleyan University 5

Maryville's Alexus Murray exploded offensively for a 3-for-4 afternoon with three runs and three RBI to lead the Scots, while Nicole Blackburn came in to shut the door.

The junior hurler earned her seventh win of the season, as she pitched 4.1 innings of relief. Blackburn allowed just two hits in 15 batters faced, as she struck out a pair. She didn't allow a run to score, as the Scots' offense rallied for the come-from-behind win.

A costly double error aided Tennessee Wesleyan to put a run on the board in the first inning. A throwing error allowed Mackenzie Jackson to reach, before a second error on the back up pushed her to third. Baylee Sutton's sacrifice fly to center would score Jackson for a 1-0 Bulldogs lead.

Maryville would rally with two outs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-1 lead. Christina White tripled, before Rachel Taylor's single through the left side scored her. Taylor Campbell doubled to left-center to put a pair in scoring position, before Murray's two-RBI double plated Taylor and Campbell. Christen Torres singled to right-center to plate Murray from second for the three-run lead.

Tennessee Wesleyan tallied a second run in the second inning with back-to-back doubles. Laken Collier doubled to the warning track in left, before Katelyn Cantrell's double to right would earn an RBI and a 4-2 score.

The Bulldogs would take back over the lead in the top of the third, again with a two-out rally. Back-to-back doubles for the second consecutive inning would plate Sutton from second, before Briana Muller would loft a two-run shot to left-center to score Courtney Black. Tennessee Wesleyan had five hits through three innings – all extra-base knocks – to lead 5-4.

Four consecutive pitches would give MC the lead and load the bases in the bottom of the third. Taylor lofted a double to left-center, before Campbell's single to center put runners on the corners. Murray would single to right-center on the next pitch would plate Taylor, before Torres would put a runner on in four consecutive pitches with a hit-by-pitch to load the bases. A fielding error plated Campbell from third, before Brewer would earn an RBI with an errant sacrifice fly, scoring Murray. White's RBI single to left-center plated Hayden, as MC took an 8-5 lead.

The Scots would add a pair more in the bottom of the fourth. Murray's bunt single was quickly followed with a Torres double down the left-field line. Aly Snider's double to left would score both for a 10-5 MC win.

Maryville (24-10) accomplished five doubles and a triple in the win. Murray added a double with her performance, as Taylor went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI. Campbell was 2-for-4 with two RBI, as Torres went 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Snider was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI, as White was 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a triple. Essence Strambler had a hit, as Hayden a run and Brewer and RBI.

Tennessee Wesleyan (12-11) saw their seven-hit attack spread across seven different Bulldogs. Muller led the way with a 1-for-2 effort with a run and two RBI in her two-run blast.


GAME TWO: Tennessee Wesleyan University 4, Maryville College 1

Tennessee Wesleyan would strike first in game two of the day. Olivia Housewright singled down the left-field line, before Baylee Sutton's two-run shot to left-center scored both for a 2-0 Bulldog lead.

Maryville pushed runners to scoring position for the first time of the day in the third inning. Snider was hit-by-pitch, before Hayden's bunt single put a pair on. Brewer's groundout pushed them to second and third, but MC couldn't find their first run to leave thing at 2-0 going to the fourth.

Percy would double in the top of the fourth for Tennessee Wesleyan before adding another run. Sutton singled up the middle, as a fielding error on the play allowed Housewright to score from third. Courtney Black would get an RBI with a single to right-center, plating Mackenzie Jackson for a 4-0 lead.

MC would strike in the sixth with Strambler's double down the left-field line. A wild pitch would put her on third, before Taylor's RBI single to center plated the designated hitter. It left the score at 4-1.

MC was led by Taylor who went 2-for-3 with an RBI, as Strambler was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Tennessee Wesleyan saw Sutton go 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI, while Housewright was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs. Black was 2-for-4 with a run, as Percy went 2-for-2.