April 25, 2012

Baseball Falls on Senior Day to Middlebury

BENNINGTON, Vt.- As the Southern Vermont College baseball team wrapped up its final home game of the 2012 season, the Mountaineers recognized seven seniors who played in their final game at Bill Epstein field Wednesday afternoon. SVC went on to lose Wednesday's contest 15-2 to visiting Middlebury College in non-conference NCAA baseball action.

Three seniors earned a hit in their final home game as Pat Warrington, Ian Valentine, and Keith Diotte all reached on singles. The Panthers pitching held Southern Vermont to six hits Wednesday however, as Mountaineers junior captain Dillon Desiderato recorded the other three SVC hits. Desiderato finished the day 3-3 with an RBI.

Zach Roeder, Tim Rafferty, and Thomas Driscoll led the Panthers with three hit days. Roeder and Driscoll also had home runs for Middlebury. Rafferty also had a double and scored four times in the win. Will Baine and Tyler Wark each recorded two hits as well.

On the mound, Dirk van Duym earned the start and worked four innings. Van Duym scattered three hits while allowing two unearned runs, while he struck out one.  Freshman, Edmund Murphy came on for two innings and earned the victory for the Panthers, before Spencer Egan threw a scoreless seventh inning.

Southern Vermont senior Greg Gilmore earned the start for senior day. Gilmore allowed four hits and four run on short rest. The senior recorded the first out of the second inning, before he was welcomed with a standing ovation from the crowd for his work over the past four years. Kurt Kowalczyk then came on to pitch four innings before handing the ball over to Dustyn Marfyak and Mike Larsen to finish the game.

The Panthers got on the board early as Driscoll led off with a full count home run over the right field fence.  After back to back errors from SVC Roeder and Rafferty each doubled. Baine would later single in the inning to make the score 4-0 in the top of the first.

In the bottom half of the inning, Diotte led off with a single. On the next pitch it looked as if NECC Rookie of the week Sal Sciara had bounced into a double play but a throwing error from Middlebury put runners on first and second. After a balk, Warrington put the Mountaineers on the board with his 33rd RBI in 2012 and 133rd in his career. Desiderato cut the Middlebury lead in half at 4-2 when he singled to plate Sciara.

However, that was the only offense SVC would muster the rest of the game, as Middlebury held the Mountaineers scoreless over the next six innings.  SVC held the Panthers off the board in the second, third, and fourth innings; but Middlebury would explode for two in the fifth, five in the sixth, and four more in the seventh to win the game 15-2.

Middlebury improves to 13-12 while the Mountaineers are now 9-28. Southern Vermont will finish its season this weekend when they travel to Mitchell College for its final three games.

NOTE: The seven seniors honored were, manager Jon Geissler, Connor Murray, Rob Murawski, Diotte, Warrington, Valentine, and Gilmore.