Maryville College took game two and the series in dramatic fashion over Covenant College on Friday afternoon, winning 10-9 in 10 innings.
After forcing extra innings, Covenant looked to take full control with a three-run 10th inning. However, the Scots would score on a double steal for the victory.
After scoring two runs in the bottom of the 10th, Maryville had runners on first and third. The Scots would go for the double steal, as Hayden Hollingsworth stole home for his fifth stolen base of the game. Covenant would attempt to throw down Andrew Henry at second, before tossing home for an attempt on Hollingsworth. The throw sailed high, as Henry rounded third and scored on the error for the win.
Hollingsworth led the Scots, going 4-for-5 with three runs, an RBI and his five stolen bases. The steals give him a total of 30 on the year.
MC would have 24 players see the field in the game, as Jacob Gossett earned the win to move to 2-0.
Covenant College would strike in the first inning, as Joel Johnson sent a shot to left field. Devin Cerrato who walked earlier in the inning scored on the play, as the Georgian Scots led 2-0 after the top of the first.
A pair of singles by Hollingsworth and Henry put a pair on in the bottom of the first, before both added steals. Johnny Carpenter was hit-by-pitch, as the Scots loaded the bags with no outs. Jake Petersen lobbed an RBI single over the short stop to plate Hollingsworth. A balk would allow Henry to trot home and knot the game at 2-all, before Mike Homan's two-RBI single to left would plate Petersen and Carpenter. MC led 4-2 after one inning.
Maryville would tack on another in the bottom of the second. Hollingsworth singled and stole second, before Henry drew a walk to put a pair on. Carpenter laced a curling shot to center to score Hollingsworth from second, before Alden Wright was hit by a pitch to juice the bags. A double play would end the threat, as the Scots led 5-2.
Back-to-back singles to lead off the fifth allowed Covenant to cut into the lead. Cerrato's sacrifice bunt moved them to scoring position, before Caleb Bloye's two-RBI single up the middle scored Tyler Moore and Austin Trammell. It made the score, 5-4.
A walk and a single would put a pair on in the top of the eighth, before Moore would give Covenant the lead. The second-baseman lofted a ball to the warning track in right-center. Pinch runner Jay Epperson pushed Trenton Nobles around the bags to score both runs, 6-5, in the Georgian Scots' favor.
Maryville would answer in the bottom of the eight. Bryce Redaja drew a lead-off walk, before pinch runner McKenzie Jackson would steal third. An errant throw on the play pushed him to third, before Evan Ezell scored the speedster with an RBI single through the left side. A pair of walks would load the bases to force a pitching change, as a groundout would keep the score knotted at 6-all.
A single and a pair of walks in the top of the ninth would load the bases with one out for Covenant. Jerod Dickey would come in and shut the door, as Hollingsworth made a beautiful play behind second base to end the inning on what appeared to be an RBI single up the middle. The play kept the game tied going to the bottom of the ninth.
A Joey Tomlinson walk would put a runner on in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch runner Logan Hayes would steal second, before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Covenant would work their way out of it, forcing extra innings.
Covenant would load the bases again in the 10th with only one out, behind a pair of singles and an intentional walk. A bases-loaded Donny Lewis walk would score the go-ahead run, pushing John Mitchell from third. Nobles found a gap through the right side, as the two-RBI slap scored Bloyce and Cerrato. That would give Covenant a three-run advantage, 9-6.
A Brandon O'Neill single to third and an error put a pair of runners in scoring position. Hollingsworth used an RBI single through the right side to score O'Neill. The second baseman would tally his fourth steal of the game to put the tying run in scoring position for MC. The double steal would earn MC the win in walk-off fashion, 10-9 in 10 innings.
Maryville (21-5, 6-5 USA South) was led by Hollingsworth, as Henry went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Ezell was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Homan had two RBI on a one-hit effort.
For Covenant (9-15, 7-7), it was Moore who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Bloye was 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run, as Johnson and Nobles had a pair of RBI each. Cerrato scored two runs for the Georgian Scots.