Baseball Ends Spring Trip on High Note

Baseball Ends Spring Trip on High Note

Tucson, AZ- The Southern Vermont College Mountaineers baseball team ended its spring break trip to Tucson, Arizona with a 19-5 win over Presentation College. After falling in game one to Presentation by the score of 9-8, SVC came roaring back to score 12 runs in the first two innings of game two. The Mountaineers end the trip 2-6 and 2-9 overall.

The Mountaineers first six hitters all reached base as Dave Gage, Pat Warrington, and Corey Armstrong all singled before senior catcher Dan Cook delivered the big blow with a bases clearing triple. Cook capped the first inning scoring when Dan Vardaro drove him home with a sacrifice fly to right field.

In the second, it was much of the same for SVC as Gage tripled, Warrington and Cook each singled, Armstrong and Adam Northup walked, and Corey D. Briggs was hit by a pitch. This time it was Dave Northup who hit a three run triple to give the Mountaineers a 12-2 lead.

SVC would score seven more runs after a scoreless third inning including a two run home run over the left field fence by Armstrong. Armstrong's blast was the Mountaineers first in the 2011 campaign.

On the hill, freshman southpaw Devin Rhodes earned his first collegiate win pitching a complete game eleven hitter. Rhodes struck out six and only walked one for the Mountaineers who never trailed in the game.

Game one was a synopsis of the entire week for the Mountaineers who once again trailed early and battled back only to fall short in the end. After falling behind 5-0 in the opening frame SVC scored two in the bottom of the second, and answered a four run fifth inning with four runs of their own.

Trailing 9-6 in the bottom of the seventh SVC's Briggs and Adam Northup singled and Dan Cook was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Andrew Morin then doubled over the right fielder's head to put the Mountaineers within one and the winning run on second. SVC couldn't manage to push the final run across though losing 9-8.

Briggs, Morin, and Adam Northup all had two hits for SVC in game one along with base hits by Gage, Warrington, and Dave Northup.  Greg Gilmore earned the start for the Mountaineers pitching two thirds of an inning after being plagued with two costly errors. Gilmore allowed two hits and two earned runs  before being relieved by Ben Naaktgeboren. Naaktgeboren threw three and two thirds striking out two. Max Ginter saw his third appearance in relief on the trip, pitching two and two thirds scoreless innings.

The Mountaineers will leave the sunny weather of Tucson to go back home for a week of practice before starting their Northeast schedule with a double header at Emerson on Saturday March 19th. The Mountaineers open at home on March 23rd.