Scots fall in first round of the USA South Tournament, 8-6

Scots fall in first round of the USA South Tournament, 8-6

The Maryville College Scots fell in a heart-breaking USA South Athletic Conference Tournament first-round match-up on Wednesday, as Piedmont College rallied for an 8-6 victory.

Wednesday's loss to the Lions is their fourth-straight by the Scots, as Piedmont rallied for wins in a three-game series over the weekend.

Maryville will look to stay alive in the USA South Tournament tomorrow, as they face off with the No. 3-seeded Ferrum College Panthers. Ferrum was upset in the first round by the sixth-seeded LaGrange College Panthers, 2-1.

First pitch at Point University's West Point Field is set for 1:30 p.m.

The Scots posted an impressive six-hit attack on the afternoon, but four errors in the contest proved costly. Only four of Piedmont's eight runs ranked as earned.

Maryville College struck in the opening inning, hanging five hits on the Lions. Back-to-back singles by Johnny Carpenter and Jake Petersen put runners on, before Alden Wright blasted a two-RBI double off the fence in left. Wright's 15th and 16th RBI of the season gave MC a 2-0 lead.

Piedmont would retaliate in the bottom of the second. Andrew Burden's lead-off single was promptly followed by an RBI double off the fence in left field by Jonathen Burkett. Burkett would take third on a sacrifice bunt, before scoring on a Noah Heatherly sacrifice fly to right. The game would go to the third with a 2-2 score.

The game saw three scoreless innings, before Maryville could tally two more in the top of the sixth. Back-to-back singles by Wright and Mike Homan put runners on, before Evan Ezell's RBI single through the right side plated Wright from second. Hayden Hollingsworth would do the exact same – an RBI single through the right side – to score Homan from second for a 4-0 MC lead.

The Lions would rally again, however, in the bottom of the inning. A Brady Ballstadt single and an error put a pair of runners on for Piedmont College. Burkett would find his second RBI of the day with a stinger through the right side to score Ballstadt. A wild pitch would move the runners, before a throwing error by the Scots attempting to catch the trailing runner would sail into center. Burden scored on the error. Burkett would move to third on a sacrifice bunt, before Heatherly's sacrifice fly to left scored Piedmont's go-ahead run.

Jabin Smith drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the seventh, before a pair of wild pitches put him on third. Ballstadt's sacrifice fly to right would plate Smith, before a single, a hit-by-pitch and a walk would juice the bags. An error on what would have been the third out allowed two more runs to score to give the Lions an 8-4 advantage going to the eighth.

Maryville cut the lead to only two in the top of the eighth. Patrick Messinger had a single, before his was advanced to third on a ball-four wild pitch that put Andrew Henry on first. Henry stole second, before Carpenter's two-RBI double down the left-field line score both for an 8-6 score.

Maryville would bring the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth inning, but they could not cross the plate. Piedmont College would take their fourth-straight come-from-behind win over the Scots, 8-6.

Maryville College (26-9) was led by a pair of three-hit attacks by Petersen and Wright. Wright was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a run, as Petersen went 3-for-5 with a run. Carpenter was 2-for-4 with two RBI and run, as Homan was 2-for-4 with a run. Ezell and Hollingsworth each were 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Piedmont College (23-10) was led by Burden's 2-for-4 effort, as the first baseman scored a trio of runs. Burkett was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and a run, as Heatherly added a pair of RBI on a hitless afternoon.