The Maryville College Softball team dropped their last four contests against USA South Conference foes Meredith College and Emory University.
On Sunday, March 19, the Softball Scots celebrated Senior Day for Jenna Roberts and Jessica McMahan. The two seniors have been a key role in the turnaround of the Softball program. They combine for a 42-24 record as Maryville College Scots. In the first game of a double-header against Meredith College, Meredith would capitalize on loaded bases and take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Meredith added to their lead in the fifth and went into the sixth inning with a 4-0 lead. In the bottom half of the sixth, the Maryville bats came alive. Rachel Taylor singled, and was replaced by pinch runner Christina White, who moved to third on a walk and a fly out. White would take home on a wild pitch.
Then, Casey Joliff smacked a two-run ball off the warning track to put the Scots down by one. McMahan took third on a wild pitch before Essence Strambler roped an RBI shot up the middle to tie the ballgame. Both teams would score in the seventh and send the game into extra innings. In the eighth, Maryville was unable to answer Meredith’s run in the top of the inning, and fell in the first game 6-5.
In the second game, Maryville struggled offensively and only put two runs on the board. A three-run third inning put Meredith up 3-0 early. They would add two runs in the sixth inning into stretch their lead to 5-2. Meredith completed the two-game sweep, adding a run in the seventh, and taking the second game 6-2.
On Tuesday, March 21, the Scots faced the no. 18 Emory University Eagles in an out-of-conference double-header. Emory gained the lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Maryville added two runs in the sixth, cutting the Emory lead to 7-2, but couldn’t score in the seventh inning. The Eagles took the first game 7-2.
Later that day, Emory University would once again be too much for the Scots, who only had for hits in the game. Tied at 0-0 going into the third inning, Emory took a 1-0 lead and their bats came alive. The Eagles added eight runs through the fourth and fifth innings, compared to the Scots one run in the top half of the fifth. Emory would earn a 9-1 win, and a two-game sweep.
Maryville looks ahead to two USA South Conference double-headers against Averett University on March 25, and Greensboro on March 26.