Maryville College struggled in the first game of a double-header against No. 19 Berry College, as the Scots couldn't find their way past pitcher Kassie Howard.
Howard would hold the Maryville offense through the first three innings, as the Vikings would launch a pair of homers before taking the victory, 10-0, in five innings.
Howard struck out the first six batters she faced, as the senior recorded only six balls in her first 25 pitches. She would go 3.0 innings without allowing a hit, as only a walk kept her from being perfect.
The Scots would rally in the fourth, loading the bases, but it wouldn't be enough.
After Howard struck out the side in the top of the first, the Vikings added a pair of runs. A leadoff walk left Brittany Tuttle on third, before Elisabeth Federici sent a high-hit ball to left. It sailed the fence, giving Berry a 2-0 lead going to the third.
Howard again struck out the side in the top of the second, putting the Vikings in good position. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases, before a Kylie Aiken two-RBI double to center scored Kaitlyn Seger and Madison McGarrah. Bayleigh Masterson would launch a three-run homer to left to plate Brooke Whittemore and Aiken. Through two innings, Berry College led 7-0.
Howard had her first miscue of the game in the top of the third with a four-pitch walk. However, she would pick up her seventh strikeout before a fly out would end Maryville's chances again.
Berry loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk to start the bottom of the third. The Scots would record a pair of outs, before Masterson could strike again. She used a three-RBI double to left-center – her sixth RBI of the game – to plate Whittemore, McGarrah and Seger. The Vikings extended their lead to 10-0 going to the fourth.
Berry pulled Howard in the fourth, as Maryville found momentum. Three consecutive singles by Rachel Taylor, Taylor Campbell and Alexus Murray would load the bases, but a groundout would end Maryville's threat.
The Scots (7-5) was led by Taylor, Campbell and Murray, as the trio combined for the three Maryville hits on the day. Each went 1-for-2 in the five-inning game.
Berry (10-2) saw Masterson go 2-for-3 with a run scored and six RBI. Whittemore was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs, while Seger was 2-for-3 with two runs. Federici was 1-for-2 with her two-run home run, as she had a run scored and two RBI. Aiken went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run on the afternoon, as Tuttle scored a run on an 0-for-2 afternoon.
Maryville plays in game two of the double-header shortly, as they can be followed via LIVE VIDEO.