The Maryville College softball team fell short of advancing to the NCAA regional final by losing the second of its two games played Saturday afternoon in Greencastle, Ind.

Maryville opened the day by beating Saint Vincent College 5-3 in an elimination game. The Scots lost to host Depauw University 2-1 in the elimination game that followed.

Maryville ends its season with a 29-11 record. The Scots achieved their second consecutive USA South Athletic Conference Tournament title in 2019 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for a second year in a row for the first time in school history.

Against Depauw, the Scots took the lead in the home half of the first inning on Reid Ballard’s RBI double.

They had base runners in five of the next six innings but came up short all five times. Maryville left the bases loaded in the third. In the sixth, the Scots got a runner to third base with one out but the next two batters struck out.

Depauw scored two runs on a double in the fifth inning.

Maryville’s offense fared better against Saint Vincent. The Scots scored two runs in the top of the second inning on Christen Torres’ home run. They scored three more in the third inning on Taylor Campbell’s two-run single and Sarah Gordon’s RBI single.

Katlyn Smith pitched all 14 innings Saturday. Against Saint Vincent she gave up three hits and walked four while striking out nine. Against Depauw she gave up nine hits and walked one while striking out four.

The USA South Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, Smith finished her final season with a 21-5 record.

This account is used by The Daily Times freelance sports writers and for staff reports.

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