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.
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