Bennington, VT- For the second time in the 2011 season the Southern Vermont College baseball team swept a NECC series. This time against conference rival Elms College. The Mountaineers took game one last Thursday by the score of 10-3; and finished the feat Friday afternoon at Bill Epstein Field. The Mountaineers took game one 2-0 and completed the sweep with a 7-6 victory in the nightcap.
Sophomore pitcher Connor Murray was lights out for SVC in game one. Murray pitched a complete game shutout, and only allowed four hits with a walk and struck out three. Murray has now thrown sixteen consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
The Mountaineers got on the board in game one when Dave Northup led off the third inning with a single. He was then sacrificed to second by Dave Gage setting up an RBI double off the bat of Pat Warrington. SVC added to their lead in the next inning when Adam Northup led off with a double and Keith Diotte chased him home with an RBI single.
The Blazers closest opportunity came in the third inning when Carm Bonavita and Brendan Cordiero each singled setting up 1st and 3rd with one out. Murray came back to strike out the next hitter and a fly out to centerfield to retire the side.
Bonavita, Cordiero, Anthony Pagano and Stephen Fisher all had base hits for the Blazers. Warrington led the SVC attack with two hits. Corey Armstrong, Adam Northup, Keith Diotte, Andrew Morin, and Dave Northup also tallied a hit in game one.
In the nightcap, Ben Naaktgeboren flustered the Blazer hitters throughout the first four innings. Naaktgeboren only allowed one hit in the first four frames and struck out six. In the fifth however, Elms got to Naaktgeboren putting up three runs on four hits. Joel DeFedele entered in the fifth to get the first batter he saw to lift a ball to right fielder Morin. Morin made a sliding catch and quickly made a throw to first to double off the runner and end the inning.
Gage, Warrington, Armstrong, and Adam Northup all had multi hit games for SVC in game two. The Mountaineers scored four in the fourth, and three in the fifth to notch the 7-6 victory. Gage came in to record his second save of the season, inducing three fly balls to Warrington in centerfield.
The Mountaineers will host league leading Mitchell College this weekend in a three game set. The Mountaineers will by vying for their third straight playoff appearance; needing two wins. Saturday will be a double header with first pitch scheduled for noon and Sunday is slated for one nine inning game, first pitch at noon.