Scots' offense struggles in game two of split with Averett

Scots' offense struggles in game two of split with Averett

Averett University jumped out to a quick start in the second game of the double-header, as the Cougars defeated the Scots, 8-0, in six innings.

The loss forced a split between the two schools after Maryville defeated Averett 3-1 in the opening game behind Christen Torres and Katlyn Smith.

The Scots added some stellar defensive plays from Reid Ballard, Ashton Hayden, Christina White and Torres in the second game of the day, but MC's offense struggled with only three hits.

Averett jumped to a lead on the first pitch of the game. Kaitlyn Aherron took the first offering she saw down the right-field line for a solo home run. Erin Rankin found a hard-hit single to left, as Hannah Thompson promptly followed that with an RBI double to the wall in left-center. Rankin scored on the play, before Anna Coleman followed suit with an RBI single to center. Zamyiah Mangum used an RBI single to left-center to score pinch runner Myka Patterson for a 4-0 Cougar lead after one inning.

The Cougars added to their lead in the top of the third. Coleman doubled to left to leadoff the inning, as she advanced third on a Nicole Cauthen infield single. Mangum's sacrifice fly to left plated the catcher for a 5-0 lead.

Averett added another run in the top of the fourth, as a pair of run-saving throws ended the threat. Aherron singled before taking second on an MC error. Rankin scored her with a single to right-center. Ashton Hayden and Torres both tossed out runners at home to end the threat, the Scots trailing 6-0.

A pair of singles in the sixth inning by Rankin and Thompson put runners on. Coleman lifted a shot to center just past a diving Hayden. Ranking and Thompson scored on the play, as Averett went on for the 8-0 win in six innings.

Averett (7-2) had 16 hits in the second game, as Coleman went 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run. Rankin was 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Thompson went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Aherron was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, as Mangum added a pair of RBI for the Cougars.

Maryville (4-2) saw Essence Strambler, Alexus Murray and Torres all record one-hit afternoons in the second contest.

Maryville's scheduled double-header versus Mary Baldwin University on Sunday has been cancelled due to weather. The Scots will look next to face off No. 9 Berry College.

First pitch for the two-game series is set for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.