Scots claim ninth-straight victory with 4-1 win over Iowa Wesleyan

Scots claim ninth-straight victory with 4-1 win over Iowa Wesleyan

Maryville College picked up its ninth-straight victory to move to 14-5 on the season, as the Scots downed Iowa Wesleyan University, 4-1, in the nightcap on Wednesday.

MC's Hayden Hollingsworth led the way offensively with a 2-for-3 effort with a pair of runs in MC's six-hit attack. Senior Derek Hurt had a pair of RBI on two sacrifice flies.

Trevor Townsend moved to 2-0 with the victory on the mound, as Alex Rodriguez earned his third save of the 2020 campaign. The duo combined with Jacob Hanson to secure the three-hit victory.

Maryville's Shannon Reagan pitched the game's first pitch, as the senior soccer standout was honored after earning one of just 126 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships nationally. The reigning USA South Player of the Year was also earned First Team Academic All-District and First Team Academic All-America from CoSIDA, as well as Scholar All-South Region from United Soccer Coaches.

Reagan became the first MC student-athlete to earn the NCAA scholarship, as she was also the first to be named a CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America Team Member of the Year following the fall campaign.

Maryville College got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning. Hollingsworth drew a leadoff walk, before Jimmy Meredith advanced him to third with a single to right. Hurt earned the RBI with a sacrifice fly to left to give the Scots a 1-0 lead early.

Iowa Wesleyan knotted things at one-all in the top of the second, however. Joseph Mitchell walked, as a Tavares Williams single to center and a Cole Turman sacrifice bunt put a pair of runners in scoring position. Dominic Gerace earned the RBI with a groundout to short, as the game went to 1-all.

Both teams went scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, as the Scots found a rally. Hollingsworth singled to center and stole second, before Meredith and Gabe Lopez drew back-to-back walks. Garrett Bair's first pitch in relief sailed wild, scoring Hollingsworth from third, before Hurt's second sacrifice fly of the game plated Meredith. Wright followed suit with a sacrifice fly of his own to score Lopez, as the Scots took a 4-1 victory.

Maryville (14-5) saw Lopez go 1-for-2 with a run, while Wright was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Meredith went 1-for-3 with an RBI, as Jack Shuttleworth chipped in a hit on a 1-for-2 effort.

Iowa Wesleyan (1-4) saw Tavares Williams and Cole Turman go 1-for-2 each, as Jack De Burgh went 1-for-3. Mitchell scored the run and Gerace the RBI, both with no-hit efforts.

Maryville is set to take on Methodist University in a three-game USA South series this weekend. The Scots will face the Monarchs in a double header on Saturday, March 14 with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch, weather permitting.