THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – Southern Vermont College dropped a pair of non-conference baseball games on the road Sunday afternoon as the visiting Mountaineers fell 10-0 and then 8-7 to SUNY Maritime at Reinhart Field.
With frigid temperatures in the 20's and a steady sea breeze making for brisk conditions, the hosting Privateers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second inning of the opener before extending their separation throughout the rest of the game.
Maritime staked a 6-0 advantage through the second frame of game two before SVC came back to go in front 7-6 by the end of the fourth. That score stood until the Privateers reclaimed the upper hand with two in the sixth, and they were able to hold off Southern Vermont in the last box for the sweep.
The Mountaineers (2-2) now prepare for their annual Spring Break trip—this year heading out to play in the California Invitational during which SVC will visit six members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Southern Vermont starts that string of games in the Golden State next Sunday, March 12 with a doubleheader at Occidental College slated to begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
GAME 1: SUNY Maritime 10 – Southern Vermont 0
The Privateers jumped on the scoreboard quickly with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, and the hosts then padded their lead with five in the second and another two in the third. Maritime added a lone run in the fourth while keeping SVC hitless through the first five innings. Southern Vermont was able to string together a few singles in the final couple of frames, but those couldn't be turned into runs as the hosts finished off the shutout.
Mountaineer junior shortstop John Arancio (Oradell, N.J.) broke up Maritime's team no-hitter in the sixth as he turned in a 1-3 performance at the dish, and sophomore Peter Schmidt (Stewartsville, N.J.) added a pinch-hit single in the seventh. SVC freshman Nate Hickey (Bristol, Conn.), who entered the game in the third as a defensive replacement, also had a single in the seventh to go 1-2 in the game.
Southern Vermont senior righty Dylan Angelo (Amsterdam, N.Y.) suffered the loss (1-1) after just two innings on the bump—striking out three Privateer batters in his short appearance.
SVC went down in order in the top of the first, and Maritime then put up two runs in the bottom of the box with the help of three hits—two being doubles. The Mountaineers stranded a runner at second in the next frame before the hosts took a sizeable upper hand with five runs on just three hits to make it 7-0.
The Privateers' second arm of the day got the visitors to once again go down 1-2-3 in the third, and Maritime then got some two-out action going to score twice in the home half of the inning. After the hosts tacked up their final run in the bottom of the fourth, a walk and a hit by pitch put a pair of Mountaineers aboard with two down in the fifth; neither would make it to third, however, as the Privateers got the final out to keep SVC scoreless.
After a one-out walk in the top of the sixth, Arancio singled through the left side to once again put two on for the Mountaineers. Maritime worked out of it, however, with a pair of strikeouts to leave the runners stranded.
In its final trip to the plate, Southern Vermont made a push to end the shutout with two down. Schmidt sent one back up the middle to get on base, and an ensuing Hickey hit to center put Mountaineers at the corners; Hickey moved up 90 feet on an uncontested play by Maritime, but neither he nor Schmidt would get any further as the Privateers tallied one final strikeout to put it away.
GAME 2: SUNY Maritime 8 – Southern Vermont 7
Maritime chalked up its second five-run inning of the day in the backend of the twin bill—registering the crooked number in the bottom of the first for another early lead. The Privateers added a solo run in the second to go ahead 6-0, but Southern Vermont quickly cut into that deficit with four scores in the top of the third.
SVC then went on top in its next at-bat—crossing the plate three times in the fourth for a 7-6 edge. That score stood until the bottom of the sixth when Maritime pushed across a pair for the late lead change, and the hosts retired the Mountaineer side in order in the seventh to close out the win.
Hickey was 1-3 with two runs and two stolen bases for Southern Vermont, and freshman second baseman Noah DuBois (Barrington, N.H.) went 1-3 with another run scored. Sophomore center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.), sophomore Joseph Braim (Schuylerville, N.Y.), and freshman left fielder Connor Pingitore (Amsterdam, N.Y.) each worked a walk and turned it into a run with Stacey adding a stolen base to his line.
Mountaineer freshman left-hander Tyler Graham (Amsterdam, N.Y.) came on in the second and tossed 4.1 innings of relief, allowing just two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk; he also struck out four in his appearance but was strapped with the loss (0-1) after surrendering the go-ahead run in the sixth.
After SVC went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, Maritime tallied five runs on four hits and three walks in the home half of the inning. The Privateers retired the Mountaineers in order once again in the top of the second before using a lead-off homer in the bottom of the frame to go on top 6-0.
Southern Vermont then started to get some offense rolling with the help of Maritime miscues in the third. After the first two batters made it to first and third on a pair of throwing errors, a wild pitch brought in the lead Mountaineer for the visitors to get on the board. Two-consecutive walks loaded the pond, and another wild pitch made it a 6-2 ballgame. Two more wild pitches ensued for Pingitore and Stacey to both score and trim the SVC deficit down to two.
In the top of the fourth, DuBois led off with a single up the middle before moving up as Braim worked a walk. A third Maritime throwing error loaded the bases, and a wild pitch then allowed DuBois to scamper home while being followed by Braim for the tying run to touch the dish. A double steal put a pair of Mountaineers in scoring position, and another wild pitch put the visitors in front 7-6.
Graham struck out the Privateer side in order in the fourth, and he got the hosts to strand a runner at second in the fifth. Hickey made it to third in the top of the sixth, but that's as far as he would get as Maritime got out of the inning with a K. The hosts then regained the lead in the bottom of the box with a two-run triple to left center giving them an 8-7 upper hand.
Southern Vermont was unable to manufacture any offense in its attempt to tie the game during the top of the seventh as the Mountaineers went down in order for the Privateers to close out the sweep.
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