Strambler, Smith lead Scots, as MC scores most runs since 2012 in 18-0 win over Wesleyan

Strambler, Smith lead Scots, as MC scores most runs since 2012 in 18-0 win over Wesleyan

Maryville College moved to 2-0 in the USA South Athletic Conference on Sunday evening, as a huge offensive effort pushed the Scots to an 18-0 sweep of the series.

Those 18 runs mark the most scored by the Scots since April 1, 2012, when Maryville bested Spelman College 23-3 and 18-0 in a Great South Athletic Conference double-header.

Maryville used an 11-run third inning, as Essence Strambler blasted a grand slam. The left fielder recorded five RBI in the inning, as she would finish the game with six runners scored and a pair of runs to her credit.

However, hidden among the offense was Katlyn Smith. The freshman right-hander hurled a one-hitter, as she pitched a complete five-inning game. She had a trio of strikeouts to go with only one hit batsman.

Smith nearly completed the no-hitter in the fifth inning, but Valerie Clower found a gap down the left-field line with two outs in the fifth.

The Scots would record 16 RBI in the contest, though, as the pushed 28 runs across on the afternoon.

An error in the opening inning aided the Scots early. With a pair of runners on second and third, Wesleyan had the chance to get out of the inning, but a throwing error kept the inning alive with two outs. Morgan Brewer would score on the play after singling earlier, before Alexus Murray would tally a two-RBI double to right-center. That hit plated Christina White and Taylor Campbell, as the Scots led 3-0 after one complete inning.

A two-out rally in the second inning would add to MC's lead. A single by Brewer and a walk by White put runners on first and second, before Essence Strambler would trickle a single through the left side. Brewer would score on that play, before Rachel Taylor would load the bags with a failed fielder's choice. Campbell would continue her onslaught of the Wolves, as she ripped a three-RBI triple down the right-field line. White, Strambler and Taylor would score on the play. Campbell's seventh RBI of the two-game day gave the Scots a 7-0 lead going to the third.

A pair of singles to start the third would put runners on the corners, before Ashton Hayden's infield single would score Christen Torres from third. Brewer would add her third single in as many innings with a shot to the warning track in center. Pinch runner Grace Gordon would score in place of Sarah Gordon on the play, before White's third walk of the afternoon would load the bags. Strambler would quickly deposit her grand slam over the left-center fence, giving Maryville a 13-0 lead.

The inning wouldn't end there, however, as a pair of singles and a walk would juice the bags again. Pinch hitter Aly Snider used a bases-clearing double just past the outstretched glove of the center fielder, as Murray, Torres and Sarah Gordon would score on the play. An error would only exacerbate the problems for the Wolves, as Hayden would score from second on the play. Strambler would earn her sixth RBI of the ball game and fifth of the third inning with a single down the left-field line to score Brewer from second, as the Scots score 11 in the fourth for an 18-0 win.

Maryville (9-6, 2-0 USA South) was led by Strambler who went 3-for-4 with six RBI and a pair of runs scored, as she tallied her third homer of the season with her grand slam.

Brewer was 3-for-4 with four runs scored and an RBI, as the speedy sophomore swiped four bags in the game. That mark was just one off the USA South record of five. White scored a trio of runs on an 0-for-0 afternoon, as she drew four walks.

Campbell continued her onslaught with a 2-for-4 day, as she had three RBI and a run scored to go with her triple. Murray was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run,  as Hayden went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Snider was 1-for-1 with a trio of RBI, while Torres was 1-for-2 with two runs plated. Both Taylor and Sarah Gordon scored runs on one-hit days, as Grace Gordon scored as a pinch runner.

Wesleyan College (4-10, 1-3) saw Clower get the only hit of the day.

Maryville will look next to a road trip, as they travel to Brevard College on Sunday, March 11. The non-conference double-header is set to begin at 3 p.m.