Softball Ends Season With Sweep of Wheelock

BENNINGTON, Vt.- The Southern Vermont College softball team ended its season with a pair of wins against New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opponent Wheelock. The Mountaineers earned the double header sweep over the Wildcats by scores of 14-5 and 14-9, Saturday afternoon at Willow Park in Bennington.

In game one, the Mountaineers used a 13 hit performance to score 14 runs in a five inning 14-5 victory. Shelby Jones, Emily Fleming, Tasha Smith, Brianne Nichols, Haley Morgan, and Hannah Cross all had multi-hit games as each of them had two hits. Smith and Morgan each doubled, while Alyssa Davis tripled and Cross had a three run home run.

In honor of senior day Davis threw the first pitch allotting her the first start of her career on the mound. After the first pitch, Haley McDonald took over and threw five innings earning her fifth win of the season. McDonald allowed five runs, one earned, on six hits and struck out six Wildcat batters.

After allowing one run in the top of the first, Southern Vermont answered with five run over the next two innings. In the top of the third the Wildcats scored another run to make it 5-2 but a six run bottom of the fourth gave the Mountaineers a lead they wouldn't relinquish at 11-2. Facing the mercy rule in the fifth, Wheelock scored three runs but the Mountaineers answered with three of their own in the bottom of the fifth to win the game 14-5.

The second game of the day saw the Mountaineers bats keep rolling as SVC scored 13 runs in the first two innings. However, facing the mercy rule again in the fifth inning Wheelock scored seven runs to pull the score to 14-8. The Wildcats would score one more in the sixth but that was all they could muster as the Mountaineers were able to win 14-9.

The senior standout, Davis finished her career off with a 4-5 performance with two doubles and a triple along with five RBI's. Davis finishes her Southern Vermont career as the leader in numerous categories as she hit .434 for her career with 29 doubles, 13 triples and 17 home runs. Davis also drove in 75 runners and scored 104 times while stealing 63 bases.

Cross had another stellar game with three hits while Jones and McDonald each had two hits as well. Also picking up hits for the Mountaineers were Smith, Nichols, Jessica Eldridge and senior Leigh Meolla. Emily Fleming earned her first collegiate victory on the mound with a complete game eight hitter. Fleming held Wheelock to three earned runs and struck out six batters.

The Mountaineers finish their season at 6-32, with the six wins being the most since 2005 and the second most in program history.