MC's Smith earns USA South Pitcher of the Week behind 2-0 record, 18 strikeouts

MC's Smith earns USA South Pitcher of the Week behind 2-0 record, 18 strikeouts

Maryville College's Katlyn Smith earns USA South Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, after the sophomore hurler had a pair of complete game victories for the Scots.

Smith – a Loganville, Ga. native – tossed 14.0 innings on the week, as she posted 18 strikeouts.

The reigning USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Year also posted a 14-strikeout performance, toppling No. 7 Berry College, 3-1, before earning her second win, 2-1, over Emory University.

"That speaks volumes to her and her work ethic," Head Coach Leah Kelley said. "These aren't just any types of competition. These were in the top-10 regionally ranked teams last year. She's really competing for us right now on the mound, and she's really stepping up in those big games when we need her the most. Just going back to last year, she just had so much composure. She's brought that into her sophomore year."

Maryville played both squads in the NCAA Regional Tournament in Atlanta, Ga. last spring, as Berry eventually eliminated the Scots in the Regional Championship.

Smith came back in Wednesday's game, tossing a gem with 14 strikeouts.

The sophomore allowed just three hits from the top-10 squad, while walking three. She gave up just one run in the key game.

"She wanted it that game," Kelley said. "She'd been looking forward to that game since we lost 1-0 [in the Regionals]. She felt like she had to put the team on her back and carry us. She did. Fourteen strikeouts against the No. 7 team in the nation is pretty outstanding statistics. She was looking forward to that game and ready to compete against them."

Smith came back in a Sunday double-header with Emory to earn her fourth-straight win and move to 4-1.

The Grayson High product struck out four in the complete-game effort, as she didn't walk a single batter. She allowed just one run on seven hits for the Eagles to earn the win in just 72 pitches – 54 of those going as strikes.

"When you play such great teams with such explosive offenses – and we know that going into it – to have her out there so composed, that's huge for us," Kelley said. "Last year, those teams beat us, but this year to have the confidence to know that we can beat them with her on the mound is exciting."

On the year, Smith has five complete games under her belt, pitching 34.0 innings. She's allowed just eight runs, striking out 39 batters.

She holds a stellar 1.65 ERA on the season.

Maryville will look to a weekend road swing, as they travel to North Carolina on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16. The Scots will face Methodist University in a non-conference double-header at 2 p.m. on Friday, before facing N.C. Wesleyan College – also a non-conference double-header – at 1 p.m. Saturday.