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Diamondmen sweep Berea behind a pair of Mabini game winning singles

MARYVILLE -- Maryville College Head Baseball Coach Paul Henry earned his first collegiate coaching victories as the Scots used dramatic come-from-behind heroics to sweep Berea College in the 2012 season opener on Sunday.

In the first game, Maryville gave the Mountaineers a five run advantage on four hits in the top of the second inning. Berea extended their lead to six runs in the third until MC's home half of the inning took place. The Scots used singles by Cory Kopec, Blake Gentry, Mikee Moore, and Nick Dean to close the gap. Following a Berea error, the game was tied at 6-6.

Maryville took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning following a Jeremey Goolsby sacrifice fly. The Mountaineers took the lead back after a four run fifth inning that featured five hits and a Maryville error. The Scots posted a pair of runs in the sixth with an RBI walk by Travis Scates and an RBI sacrifice fly by Nic Baker. Trailing by one run, MC would use their final at-bat to secure their comeback win.

Mikee Moore singled and stole second base. Nick Dean singled to tie the game at 10-10 scoring Moore. A walk to Landon Talley and a single to Goolsby loaded the bases. Sophomore shortstop Andrew Mabimi stepped to the plate and delivered the game winning infield single to push Dean across the plate.

Dean finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate while Cory Kopec was 3-for-3 in the lead-off role. Mikee Moore was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Austin Patton earned the win in relief as the Scots used five hurlers to combat Berea's 12 hit attack.

In the second game, the trio of Matt Dyer, Trevor Brackett, and Austin Patton cooled off the Mountaineer bats, surrendering only four hits. Dyer went 4.2 innings allowing only a pair of unearned runs. Bracket picked up the win in relief, while Patton earned the save with a perfect final inning.

MC took the early lead in the first inning when Mikee Moore doubled down the left field line to score Cory Kopec who had singled. Berea regained the lead with a pair of hits and two MC errors. The Scots rallied in the fifth with a run as Berea's right fielder misplayed an MC single. Maryville took the lead for good in the sixth when Andrew Mabini laced his second game-winning single to score Nick Dean. MC added an insurance run Jesse Crisp plated Mabini with a single. Patton came on to close the door and push the Scots to a 2-0 start of the season.

On the day, Cory Kopec finished 4-for-6 with a pair of runs scored. Nick Dean was 4-for-7 with four runs scored while driving in three runs. Mikee Moore was 3-for-7 with three runs scored.

The Scots (2-0) will host Tennessee Temple University on Tuesday. The double header on Scotland Yard will begin at noon.

Source: Maryville College Athletics Department

Published February 13, 2012

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