Bennington, Vt.- The Southern Vermont College Mountaineers baseball team opened their 2011 NECC campaign Saturday afternoon with a double header against the 2010 NECC champions, Daniel Webster Eagles. The Mountaineers and Eagles split the double header with Daniel Webster taking game one 11-3 and SVC winning game two 11-6.
Daniel Webster used a six run third inning to defeat the Mountaineers in game one after jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Elliot Kilgore and Korey LeLievre led the third off with back to back doubles before Rich Lizotte, Darrick Marstaller, Tyler Calkin, and Josh Chasse each singled to make the score 7-0 in favor of the Eagles.
The Mountaineers however would give Daniel Webster a challenge in the fifth inning when SVC took advantage of a leadoff error. After the error senior second baseman Dave Gage singled, setting up a Pat Warrington RBI single and a two RBI double from Corey Armstrong. The three runs were all the Mountaineers could muster in game one though as Korey Kiro and the Eagles bullpen held SVC to five hits.
Kiro won his fourth game against SVC in three years, and improved to 3-0 in 2011, pitching five innings allowing two earned runs on four hits and striking out six. For SVC freshman Devin Rhodes earned his first loss allowing five earned in three innings of work.
The start of game two seemed to be heading down the same path as the Eagles flew out to a 3-0 lead in the top half of the first. Although SVC answered in the bottom of the first when Gage walked and Armstrong chased him home with an RBI single. SVC would take their first lead of the day in the second when they plated four more runs. Dan Vardaro, Dave Northup and Corey Briggs all singled in the inning.
Daniel Webster once again tied the game in the top of the third scoring two unearned runs. Dan Cook became the Mountaineers all time hit leader (119) in the bottom of the third inning when he singled to center field; but SVC couldn't regain their lead after a sacrifice bunt put Cook on second with one out.
The Mountaineers scored two in the fourth, one in the fifth, and three in the sixth to run out to a 11-6 lead and final score. Cook ended the day with three hits, while Dave Northup and Warrington had two, and Gage and Diotte collected a hit a piece.
Connor Murray won his first game of the season throwing five and two thirds innings surrendering six runs, four earned, on five hits and five walks. Murray also retired four batters by himself. Joel DeFedele continued his tremendous pitching earning his first save of his career pitching one and a third and striking out two.
The Mountaineers improve to 5-10 (1-1 NECC) with the split, as Daniel Webster moves to 7-4 (3-2 NECC). The two teams will meet Sunday for the rubber match of the series with first pitch scheduled for 1:00PM at Daniel Webster in Nashua, NH.