Averett University jumped out to a quick start in the second game of the double-header, as the Cougars defeated the Scots, 8-0, in six innings.
Averett jumped to a lead on the first pitch of the game. Kaitlyn Aherron took the first offering she saw down the right-field line for a solo home run. Erin Rankin found a hard-hit single to left, as Hannah Thompson promptly followed that with an RBI double to the wall in left-center. Rankin scored on the play, before Anna Coleman followed suit with an RBI single to center. Zamyiah Mangum used an RBI single to left-center to score pinch runner Myka Patterson for a 4-0 Cougar lead after one inning.
The Cougars added to their lead in the top of the third. Coleman doubled to left to leadoff the inning, as she advanced third on a Nicole Cauthen infield single. Mangum's sacrifice fly to left plated the catcher for a 5-0 lead.
Averett added another run in the top of the fourth, as a pair of run-saving throws ended the threat. Aherron singled before taking second on an MC error. Rankin scored her with a single to right-center. Ashton Hayden and Torres both tossed out runners at home to end the threat, the Scots trailing 6-0.
A pair of singles in the sixth inning by Rankin and Thompson put runners on. Coleman lifted a shot to center just past a diving Hayden. Ranking and Thompson scored on the play, as Averett went on for the 8-0 win in six innings.
Averett (7-2) had 16 hits in the second game, as Coleman went 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run. Rankin was 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Thompson went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Aherron was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, as Mangum added a pair of RBI for the Cougars.
Maryville's scheduled double-header versus Mary Baldwin University on Sunday has been cancelled due to weather. The Scots will look next to face off No. 9 Berry College.
First pitch for the two-game series is set for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.