Mountaineers Drop Pair in Season Opener

Mountaineers Drop Pair in Season Opener

BENNINGTON, VT- The Southern Vermont College baseball team opened their season with a pair of losses Saturday at Roanoke College. Roanoke took both games of the double header by the scores of 6-2 and 5-4 at Kiwanis Field. Roanoke led for all 14 innings of the two games after scoring one run in the first inning of game one and two runs in game two.

In game one the Mountaineers trailed 5-0 after a four run third inning for the Maroons. SVC chipped into the lead when Keith Diotte singled to left field to start a two out rally in the sixth inning. Junior outfielder Pat Warrington hit a double down the right field line allowing Diotte to scamper home on an error. After a Corey Armstrong walk Roanoke starter Michael Haslem settled down to strike out the Mountaineers next batter and end the inning.

Senior Tim Johnson was awarded the opening day start for SVC, pitching five innings allowing five runs while walking two and striking out a pair of Maroon hitters. Haslem threw a complete game four hitter allowing two runs while striking out nine SVC hitters. Haslem improved to 2-1 for Roanoke in the 2011 campaign.

Once again the Mountaineers fell behind early in game two, as Roanoke scored four runs in the first three innings off SVC starting pitcher Dave Northup. The Mountaineers once again battled back though when Corey D. Briggs reached on a fielder's choice following a Dan Vardaro single to start the 5th inning. Dave Gage then reached on a walk and Warrington singled setting up a two run single from Corey Armstrong. 

After surrendering another run in the bottom of the 6th Briggs and Gage reached on hit by pitches to start the top of the 7th. Warrington then hit an RBI single and Armstrong hit a sacrifice fly to make the game 5-4. An Adam Northup single put Warrington, the tying run, on second base, but Roanoke was able to get the final out and the win.

Warrington led the Mountaineers at the plate, going 4-7 with a RBI and a double in the two games. Diotte had a hit in each game and Armstrong had three RBI's for the Mountaineers on Saturday. Dillon Desiderato, Max Ginter, and Dave Northup also recorded hits for SVC.

Southern Vermont will try to avoid the weekend sweep Sunday when they take on the Maroons with first pitch scheduled for  12:00PM.