Taylor's blast, seventh-inning rally not enough against No. 19 Berry, 9-3

Taylor's blast, seventh-inning rally not enough against No. 19 Berry, 9-3

Maryville College's Taylor Campbell blasted a two-run shot, as the Scots had a seventh-inning rally, but it wouldn't be enough in game two against the 19th-ranked Vikings of Berry College, 9-3.

Maryville College would threaten in the top of the first inning in game two, as Christina White drew a two-out walk. She stole second, before a wild pitch would put her on third. A fly out would end the inning, however, still tied at 0-0.

Brittany Tuttle used a leadoff single right side to start the inning for Berry, before she stole second and was moved to third on a groundout. Bayleigh Masterson would earn her seventh RBI of the series with a groundout to score Tuttle. Elisabeth Federici walked, before Madison Morgan's two-out double would plate her. Katlin Seger doubled down the right-field line as the next batter, scoring Morgan from second to lead 3-0 after one inning.

Kaitlyn Smith tossed back-to-back strikeouts looking in the second to start the inning, but the Vikings would rally. Tuttle would find a bunt single, before an error would move her to second. Kylie Aiken would score Tuttle with a double to left, before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Masterson's eighth RBI of the night would score Aiken, as Berry led 5-0.

Maryville would find momentum in the fourth, however, plating their first runs of the series. Essence Strambler singled to left, before she advanced to second on a passed ball. Campbell would blast a two-run shot to dead center field, cutting the lead to three, 5-2.

A triple, a walk and an error would load the bases for Berry in the bottom of the inning, however. Federici launched a two-RBI double to left-center, scoring Tuttle and Brooke Whittemore. Smith would get the last two on whiffs to end any further damage, 7-2.

Masterson would continue her onslaught during the bottom of the sixth. The shortstop towered a homer to left – her second of the series – in a two-run bomb. Samantha Crabtree scored on the play, as Masterson accounted for her 10th RBI in the two-game night. That would give the Vikings a 9-2 lead going to the seventh.

Christina White would use a throwing error by the catcher on a strikeout to give Maryville another life with two outs in the top of the seventh. She advanced to second on the throw, before Strambler could lace an RBI single up the middle to score White. Rachel Taylor would single up the middle, advancing Strambler to third who dodged the tag to put runners on the corners. A groundout would end MC's rally, however, 9-3.

Maryville (7-6) was led by Campbell's 1-for-4 afternoon, as she tallied her two-run blast. Strambler added a two-hit night, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, as Christen Torres matched her at 2-for-3. Taylor and Murray each added hits, as White tallied a run.

Berry (11-2) was led by Masterson's 2-for-4 afternoon, as she added four RBI and a run scored. Tuttle went 2-for-3 with three runs, as Federici was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run plated. Aiken was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run, as Morgan and Seger tallied RBI for the Vikings.

Maryville will look next to USA South play, as the host LaGrange College on Friday, March 2 at 1 and 3 p.m. Wesleyan College (Ga.) will make the trip to Maryville on Monday, March 4, for a 12 and 2 p.m. first pitch.