Tucson, AZ- The Southern Vermont College Mountaineers baseball team earned its first win of the 2011 season on Wednesday with a 9-8 victory in game one against Dakota Wesleyan. SVC dropped game two of the double header 14-12, after falling behind 11-2 in the first inning. The Mountaineers are 1-5 on their spring trip in Tucson and 1-8 in 2011.
In game one Corey D. Briggs led the Mountaineers offense with two RBI's and a 2-3 day at the plate. Junior outfielder Pat Warrington also compiled two hits and two RBI's in the game one win. Andrew Morin, Corey Armstrong, and Adam Northup also had RBI singles for SVC.
On the hill Connor Murray got the start for SVC and he gave them the outing they needed. Murray pitched four and a third innings allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits and struck out four. After surrendering two hits in the fifth inning Murray was replaced by sophomore Joel DeFedele. DeFedele earned his first collegiate victory throwing one and two thirds only allowing one hit.
Looking for the sweep in game two the Mountaineers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, when Dave Gage was hit by a pitch, Warrington singled, Armstrong walked, and Northup singled. The lead was short lived though as Dakota Wesleyan came storming back to score 11 runs in the bottom of the first, nine before SVC recorded an out.
SVC didn't surrender though as they would score at least one run in each inning after the second making the score 13-12 Dakota Wesleyan heading into the bottom of the 6th. Dakota Wesleyan scored an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 14-12. However the Mountaineers had the tying run on first base with one out before Morin hit a line drive at the short stop and SVC was doubled up to end the game.
In game two the Mountaineers recorded 16 hits. Warrington and Briggs each had three, Gage, Armstrong, Adam Northup, and Dan Cook had two, while Max Ginter and Dave Northup had one each. Warrington had three RBI's while Briggs had two. Leadoff hitter Dave Gage reached base all five times getting hit by pitch three times pushing the season total to 13, 11 away from the NCAA record.
Kurt Kowalczyk threw five innings out of relief for SVC allowing three earned runs on six hits and struck out four Dakota Wesleyan batters. Will Warner pitched the sixth inning allowing one run on one hit and one walk.
The Mountaineers conclude their Arizona trip on Friday with a double header against Presentation College with first pitch scheduled for noon.