Six Run Second Pushes Maroons Past Mountaineers

Six Run Second Pushes Maroons Past Mountaineers

BENNINGTON, VT- The Southern Vermont College Mountaineers baseball team lost the final game of the weekend series against Roanoke College Sunday by the score of 7-0. Roanoke completed the sweep of SVC by putting a six spot on the scoreboard in the second inning and never looking back.

In the second inning Roanoke's first five hitters reached base before relief pitcher Devin Rhodes induced a groundout to second base. After a Jacob Clifton double made the score 5-0, Robbie Scott hit an RBI single to right field pushing Clifton across for the sixth run of the inning. Rhodes then settled in and only allowed two hits over the next five innings of work; one being a solo home run over the left field fence from Clifton.  Clifton finished the afternoon 3-5 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI's. Rhodes finished the game pitching six innings allowing two runs on four hits and struck out two. Fellow freshman southpaw Kurt Kowalczyk pitched the final inning for the Mountaineers and struck out two of the three batters he faced.

SVC captains Dave Gage and Dan Cook led the Mountaineers at the plate each going 1-3. Gage who started in his SVC record 101st game was also hit by a pitch while Cook walked in the second inning.

"It was disappointing to lose all three games this weekend," said Cook "It wasn't all negative though, our two freshman pitchers threw well."

Sophomore first baseman Corey Armstrong also went 1-3 for SVC on Sunday. Pat Warrington continued his hot hitting on the weekend going 1-4, while Ian Valentine broke into the hit column on Sunday as well.  SVC left 11 runners on base Sunday including three runs in the eighth when it left the bases loaded. Southern Vermont also struck out 11 times on Sunday, eight looking on called third strikes.

"We didn't do enough to win this weekend," stated Gage "Although, we did learn what we need to do this week in practice and we will be ready for Arizona."

SVC will make the bus ride home for a week before traveling to Tucson, Arizona next weekend to play eight games during spring break. The Mountaineers first game in Arizona will be against regional opponent Wesleyan Sunday March 6th at 4:00PM.