Maryville opened play in Clermont, Fla. on Wednesday morning, as the Scots went 1-1 to begin their spring break trip.
Three errors proved costly in the first game of the day, as Maryille fell to Plymouth State University, 7-3. However, the Scots roared back in game two to knock off Manchester University, 9-1, in six innings.
GAME TWO: Maryville College 9, Manchester University 1 (6 innings)
Reigning USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Week Kaitlyn Smith earned her seventh win inside the circle against the Spartans. The freshman allowed seven hits while striking out seven Manchester batters. Smith gave up just one earned run in 29 batters faced.
Maryville would appear to get on the board in the top of the first inning, as Essence Strambler blasted what would have been her team-leading sixth homer of the season. However, Manchester appealed the play, as the inning was ended with a batting out of order call.
The score would remain 0-0 until the top of the third inning, as Maryville scored two. A Gordon double, coupled with an Ashton Hayden single and a Morgan Brewer walk loaded the bases for the Scots. White would notch her two RBI with a single up the middle to score Hayden and pinch runner Gabrielle Rathmell. MC led 2-0 after three innings.
The Scots would tally another run in the top of the fourth on a Spartan error. With two runners on, Hayden placed a perfect bunt down the third-base line to beat the throw. Manchester threw the ball away, as Alexus Murray rounded third from second to score the unearned run for a 3-0 score.
Maryville would add a trio more in the top of the fifth. White doubled to lead off the inning, before Taylor Campbell – the reigning USA South Rookie of the Week – would slap an RBI single down the right-field line. Gordon would add two RBI with a single up the middle to score Murray and Campbell three batters late for a 6-0 Scots' lead.
Manchester found it's only run of the day in the bottom of the fifth. Krystal Sellers used a two-out RBI single to right-center to score Laurren Ladwig. The Spartans trailed 6-1 going to the sixth.
MC plated three more runs in the top of the sixth to force the run rule following the sixth inning. A Brewer walk and a White single put two runners on, as Taylor would score both with a double up the middle. Strambler would trade place with a double of her own to center, as Taylor scored for the 9-1 win.
Maryville (16-7) was led by White's effort, as Gordon went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Murray was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, as Campbell went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Strambler was 2-for-3 with an RBI, as Taylor went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Brewer and Rathmell each added a run for Maryville.
For Manchester (4-6), it was Shakira Perez who went 2-for-3. Ladwig went 1-for-2 with the only run, as Sellers was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
GAME ONE: Plymouth State University 7, Maryville College 3
A trio of errors proved costly in the opening game of the Scots' spring break trip to Clermont, Fla., as MC fell to Plymouth State, 7-3.
The Panthers scored four unearned runs between the sixth and seventh innings, as they took the non-conference game by a four-run margin.
White and Taylor combined for four of Maryville's seven hits on the day, as they left six runners stranded.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning. Cassidy Emerson doubled to left-center, before Jen Landers' two-out RBI single through the left side scored her. Maryville could not answer, as Plymouth State led 1-0 going to the fifth.
Another two-out RBI would add a second run for the Panthers in the fifth. Mary King singled through the left side with two outs, before Nina Murray's double up the middle plated King from first for a 2-0 lead.
In the sixth, it was a pair of errors that proved costly for the Scots, as Plymouth State scored a trio of runs – all unearned. A fielding error on what would have been the third out put a pair of runners on for the Panthers. Nora Butler's RBI double to left-center scored pinch runner Autumn Beyor, before Lindsey Halls' single to left scored both Butler and Mell Goss. The three unearned runs stretched the Panthers' lead to five.
Maryville would find footing in the bottom of the sixth. Campbell would earn the RBI with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to score white. Murray singled to right-center one batter later, scoring Strambler from third. Gordon would push Campbell to score with a RBI groundout, as MC trailed 5-3 going to the seventh.
A leadoff error in the top of the seventh would put Emerson on, before Ashley Deyo would blast a homer to center. The two-RBI shot – one of those unearned – would give the Panthers a 7-3 win.
Maryville saw White go 2-for-4 with a run scored, as Taylor added a 2-for-3 effort. Strambler, Murray and Hayden would each add hits, as Campbell had a run and an RBI. Strambler had a run, while Gordon added an RBI.
Plymouth State (5-4) was led by Deyo, who was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Hall was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI, as Landers went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Emerson was 1-for-4 with a pair of runs.
Maryville College will return to action tomorrow in Clermont, Fla. as the Scots face off with Union College of New York (9:00 a.m.) and Tufts (11:30 a.m.).