Bennington, VT- The Southern Vermont College Mountaineers baseball team continued their hot streak Thursday at Epstein Field with an 11-2 victory over the Norwich Cadets. The Mountaineers have now won five of their last six games and are 4-1 since returning from their spring trip to Arizona. SVC improved to 6-10 overall with the win as Norwich dropped to 0-9.
The Mountaineers combined for seven runs in the 3rd and 4th inning to open up a 8-0 lead that they would never relinquish. With a 1-0 lead in the third Dave Gage walked before back to back singles from Corey Briggs and Pat Warrington made it 2-0. Adam Northup came up with a big 2 RBI triple to cap the scoring in the third. In the fourth, three consecutive one out hits put the Mountaineers back on the board. Keith Diotte walked and stole second setting up a Gage RBI double, Briggs RBI single, and Warrington RBI triple. Corey Armstrong then hit a sacrifice fly to score Warrington for the fourth run of the frame.
The Mountaineers had seven players crack the hit column on the day. Warrington led the crew with three hits and Briggs had two. Gage and Armstrong each went 1-2, as Max Ginter, Adam Northup, and Dillon Desiderato also had hits.
The Cadets were paced at the plate by David Maxfield and Jordan Patton who each went 2-4. Travis Dyke, Dustin Shimkus, Sean Kennedy, and Jonathan Waldron also had hits for Norwich.
On the hill Tim Johnson got the start for SVC and pitched three scoreless innings and struck out two while allowing only one hit. Dave Northup earned his first victory of his career throwing the next three innings scoreless. Northup struck out four and scattered three hits in his three innings of work. Will Warner gave up two runs in two innings of work before Kurt Kowalcyzk closed out the ninth. Kowalczyk worked a scoreless ninth for the Mountaineers striking out one.
Southern Vermont will continue play on Saturday at home against NECC foe Newbury College. The Mountaineers and Nighthawks will play a double header Saturday with first pitched scheduled for noon; before traveling to Boston for a single game on Sunday.