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Late Rally Not Enough to Send Scots Past Carson Newman 5-4

March 6, 2012
By Eric Etchison of Maryville College

The Maryville College Fighting Scots rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but surrendered a pair of unearned runs in the final inning to fall to Carson Newman College by the score of 5-4 on Tuesday evening on MC’s Scotland Yard.

The Eagles (9-12) tallied single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on RBI singles of MC hurler and starter Nick Bowers to take a 2-0 advantage. Carson Newman pushed across an unearned run in the eighth inning off Scots’ reliever Dan Roselli just before their game tying rally.

With six outs remaining, Maryville used a single by Sam Waltermyer and an error by the Eagle’s second baseman to put runners in scoring position. Cory Kopec promptly singled to right field driving in Garrett Gresham who had pinch run for Waltermyer. Blake Gentry sacrificed both runners into scoring position before Mikee Moore drove in Baker with a sacrifice fly. A Nick Dean single sent Kopec home and the Scots tied the game 3-3 going into the final inning.

A two out error in the ninth allowed the Eagles to score a pair of runs. MC, trailing 5-3, rallied with a run followed by a Travis Scates single, but left two runners on base to finish the game.

Austin Patton (1-2) suffered the loss in relief. Both of his runs were unearned. Starter Nick Bowers was impressive going 4.2 innings and allowing only three hits to the NCAA Division II squad. The relief efforts of Wes Dobson, James Ridgway, and Keylon Holloway did not allow a run in 2.1 innings of work.

Offensively, MC had a nine hit offensive attack and out paced the Eagles who finished with eight hits. Cory Kopec was the only Scot with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.

Maryville College (7-6) will travel to Berry College on Thursday for a 3:00 non-conference challenge.

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