Mountaineers Pounce Lions in Non-Conference Sweep

Mountaineers Pounce Lions in Non-Conference Sweep

BOSTON, Mass. - The Southern Vermont College Mountaineers baseball team opened their northeast schedule where it left off in Arizona. The Mountaineers who won their final game 19-5 in Arizona, swept the Emerson College Lions Saturday by the scores 5-4 and 9-0. Devin Rhodes and Ben Naaktgeboren each earned complete game victories on the mound for the Mountaineers (4-9).

The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead in game one when Corey D. Briggs was hit by a pitch, before Pat Warrington hit a scorching double in the left center gap. SVC was held at bay in the second before Warrington again doubled, this time off the centerfield fence and Corey Armstrong hit an RBI single.

The Lions came roaring back to tie the ball game at 2 though. Austin Fontanella singled and came racing home after a Mountaineers error in the third. Then in the fifth inning Adam Speakman doubled and Cal Ciarcia singled him home with a base hit to center field.

SVC was there to answer the call however scoring three runs in the top of the sixth. Dan Cook led the sixth off with a walk and then was bunted over to second by Andrew Morin. Cook gave the Mountaineers the lead when Max Ginter singled. SVC wasn't done with its scoring as Dave Northup had an RBI single, moved to second on a Dave Gage walk then stole third and scampered home on a throwing error.

Emerson would give it one last run in the bottom of the sixth when the Lions scored two runs to make the score 5-4. Peter Maltzan reached on an error and Geoff Lopes singled to start the last of the inning. Later in the inning Ryan Garber singled and Speakman hit a sacrifice fly.

The Lions couldn't muster anything else though as Rhodes was able to retire Emerson 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Rhodes earned his second win on the young season pitching a complete game allowing two earned runs on seven hits, and struck out five. Connor McDonough earned the loss for Emerson.

In game two, SVC once again jumped out to an early lead when Gage doubled to lead off the game and Armstrong hit a sacrifice fly to center field. The Mountaineers kept the pressure on scoring six more runs in the second. Andrew Morin singled, Keith Diotte and Dave Northup walked, and Gage was hit by a pitch to start the second. Briggs and Warrington each singled to plate three more runs, one on Briggs' and two on Warrington's. Adam Northup and Cook finished the scoring when Northup hit a sacrifice fly and Cook singled.

The Mountaineers jolted back on the scoreboard in the third when Dave Northup tripled and Gage hit an RBI single up the middle. In the fourth Dave Northup once again put SVC on the board singling in Cook. For the game SVC was led by Gage who finished 3-4 with 2RBI's, Warrington was 2-2 with 2RBI's, and Dave Northup was 2-3 with an RBI.

On the hill Ben Naaktgeboren earned his first win of the season throwing a complete game shutout. Naaktgeboren only allowed three hits and two walks and struck out a career high nine.

SVC improves to 6-8 all time versus Emerson with the double header sweep. The Mountaineers will next play host to Middlebury College in the team's home opener Wednesday March 23rd.