BENNINGTON, Vt.- After dropping a 8-6 decision, Friday night at Elms College the Southern Vermont College Mountaineers bounced back with a pair of victories at home Saturday. The Mountaineers swept Elms on Saturday by scores of 6-3 and 12-10 at Bill Epstein Field in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action.
In game one the Mountaineers rallied behind, sophomore Kurt Kowalczyk. For the second straight week, Kowalczyk pitched a complete game gem. The left hander pitched six scoreless before his 20.1 scoreless innings streak was snapped. Kowalczyk gave up three runs only one earned in the seventh inning to snap the streak.
On the offensive side, Southern Vermont cashed in six times on five hits and four walks along with two Elms errors. Five of SVC runs came in the third inning when Keith Diotte and Pat Warrington walked before a Corey Armstrong single plated Diotte. Cody LaBadia then walked to load the bases and set up a Sal Sciara inside the park grand slam.
Rey Rivera led the Blazers with a 2-4 day and an RBI in game one. Alex King also had a multi-hit game with a 2-3 performance. In the seventh, Brady Forrest led off with a double and came around to score when SVC fumbled the ball in the outfield. King then walked and scored when Nico Iavicoli singled. Iavicoli later scored in the inning on SVC's third error of the inning.
In game two, Southern Vermont used back to back big innings after trailing 1-0. The Mountaineers scored five runs in the second and third innings each to take a 10-1 lead. Elms answered with three in the fifth and four in the sixth sandwiched around two SVC runs that had SVC take a 12-8 advantage into the final inning. The Blazers added two run in the seventh but couldn't put the final runs across with the tying run at the plate.
Max Ginter pitched four and a third innings before he was pulled due to injury. Ginter improved to 3-5 on the season as he scattered three hits and walked four. Corey Briggs came on in relief of Ginter to pitch one inning before Dave Northup finished the game with a inning and two thirds of work.
Derek Leal earned the loss for the Blazers as the right hander was knocked out in the third inning. Adam Bunger pitched in relief, as the senior threw three and a third innings. Each pitcher allowed six runs with only four of Bunger's runs being earned.
At the plate Sciara went 4-4, to finish his week 10-15. The freshman was joined by a 3-4 day from LaBadia. LaBadia hit his second home run of the season in the third inning when he hit a ball over the 415 marker in deep right center field. Fellow freshman, Jarod Hayen went 2-4 in game two with two RBI's.
Every Mountaineer had a hit in the second game as Corey Armstrong, Dave Northup, and Keith Diotte also had two hit games.
Elms was led at the plate by Fished who scored three runs. Seven Blazers had a tally in the hit column in game two but no Elms hitter had more than one.
Southern Vermont improves to 9-26 while the Blazers drop to 12-18. Elms is now 8-6 in NECC play while the Mountaineers hold a slim chance at the playoffs with a 5-10 record in conference play.