Baseball Topped 8-6, 18-1 (7 innings) at Redlands to Conclude California Trip

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REDLANDS, Calif. – The Southern Vermont College baseball team concluded its play in the California Invitational on Saturday with the Mountaineers getting edged 8-6 by the University of Redlands in the first game before falling 18-1 in a shortened, seven-inning contest.

SVC returns to New England and is scheduled to next visit Eastern Nazarene College on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. non-conference first pitch.

GAME 1: Redlands 8 – Southern Vermont 6
The Mountaineers jumped on top in the doubleheader's opener with a lone run in the first inning, but that slim upper hand was passed up in the fourth when the Bulldogs got two in the home half of the frame. Southern Vermont got one back in the next box to tie it at 2-2 before Redlands scored another pair in the fifth.

UR kept the twos coming in the sixth for a 6-2 lead, and the Bulldogs added a solo run in the seventh. The Mountaineers cut it to an 8-4 ballgame with a pair in the top of the eighth—only to see the hosts score once in the bottom to push it back to a five-run difference. Southern Vermont scored twice with two outs in the ninth, but it would not be enough to complete the comeback as Redlands finished off the win.

Sophomore center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) was 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and a run batted in for SVC. Senior designated hitter Anthony Mercuri (Ridge, N.Y.) went 2-5 with an RBI while freshman second baseman Noah DuBois (Barrington, N.H.) knocked in a pair of runs by going 1-4 with a sacrifice fly.

Southern Vermont freshman left-hander Tyler Graham (Amsterdam, N.Y.) went five innings with the start—giving up four runs (two earned) on eight hits and four walks while suffering the loss (0-3).

GAME 2: Redlands 18 – Southern Vermont 1 (7 innings)
The Mountaineers tacked up a single run in the top of the first once again for an early lead in the second game of the day, but UR answered with six in the bottom of the box to pull ahead. The Bulldogs added another six in the second and scored at least one run in each of the next four trips to the plate to pull away and cause the game to be ended ahead of schedule.

Stacey capped his strong trip to the Golden State with a 2-2 showing as the sophomore extended his hitting streak to eight games, and he also scored a run. The Mountaineer center fielder went 11-27 (.407) while in California—adding four walks, seven RBI's, and eight runs scored.

SVC freshman infielder Cameron Clark (Fulton, N.Y.) was 2-4 in the backend of Saturday's twin bill, and classmate Nick Santoro (Syracuse, N.Y.), who was the DH for game two, batted in the lone Mountaineer run.

Southern Vermont senior right-hander Joshua Hay (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) was strapped with the loss (1-3) after tossing the first and conceding what proved to be the game-winning run.


HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Southern Vermont College softball team was finally able to open up its 2017 campaign Saturday with a doubleheader at Eastern Mennonite University, but the Mountaineers fell 23-0 and then 23-2 in a pair of five-inning games at Gehman Field.

SVC (0-2) is slated to next visit Skidmore College on Thursday for a twin bill set to start at 3:30 p.m.

GAME 1: Eastern Mennonite 23 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 innings)
The hosting Royals tacked up five runs in the bottom of the first of game one and padded their lead with eight in the third. A 10-run bottom of the fourth sealed the deal as the run rule was invoked for the contest to end early.

SVC junior right-handed pitcher Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) was 1-1 from the batter's box and got on base a second time by taking a pitch to the body in the first. Freshman first baseman Carly Gillman (Stamford, Conn.) turned in a 1-2 showing at the plate in her first collegiate game.

Wilson went all four innings from the circle for the Mountaineers, striking out one in the loss (0-1).

GAME 2: Eastern Mennonite 23 – Southern Vermont 2 (5 innings)
SVC got on the board first in the backend of the doubleheader with a lone run during its opening at-bat, but the Royals answered in a big way as they put up eight in the home half of the inning. EMU then crossed the dish 13 times in the second before adding another two in the third. The Mountaineers got one back in the top of the fifth, but that would be it as Eastern Mennonite remained undefeated and took the sweep.

Southern Vermont sophomore shortstop Lizzy Bench (St. Petersburg, Fla.) went 2-3 with a run scored as junior righty Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) was 1-3 with an RBI. Freshman left fielder Sarah Billow (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) was also 1-3 with a run batted in, and freshman second baseman Brooke Gates (Pittsfield, Mass.) went 1-1 with a walk.

Matthews made the start on the rubber—striking out four Royal batters in the defeat (0-1).