Baseball Downed 16-3 by Union at Shuttleworth Park

cameron clark runs to first

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – Southern Vermont College fell 16-3 to Union College Wednesday night in non-league action at Shuttleworth Park in lieu of playing a home conference doubleheader that had to be postponed.

SVC tacked up a quick two runs for a lead in the top of the first, but UC answered with five in the home half for a lead that would be big enough for the win. The Dutchmen scored another three in the fourth and six in the fifth to go ahead comfortably for the win.

Southern Vermont (4-12) is scheduled to next play at Springfield College Thursday with first pitch slated for 3:30 p.m.

Mountaineer sophomore center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) tallied a base knock to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, and sophomore first baseman Cody Sullivan (Schuylerville, N.Y.) went 1-3 with a pair of runs batted in. Sophomore catcher Dan Mason (Bloomingdale, N.J.) worked two walks and scored a pair of runs while stealing a base, and freshman left fielder Anthony LaBella (Exeter, N.H.) was 1-2 with a double.

Southern Vermont freshman lefty Tyler Graham (Amsterdam, N.Y.) went three innings with the start—striking out four in the loss (0-4).

A single through the left side by Mountaineer senior designated hitter Anthony Mercuri (Ridge, N.Y.) put a pair aboard with two down in the top of the first, and an ensuing walk loaded the pond for Sullivan. The sophomore came through with a single down the line in right for the two lead runners to cross the plate and give the visitors the early 2-0 advantage. That was the sixth-straight game and 11th time in 16 games this year in which the Mountaineers scored during their first trip to the plate.

Union responded with a five-spot in the bottom of the frame for a lead that would prove to be big enough for the victory. UC then scored once more in the second and three times in the fourth. Mason was able to touch home on a wild pitch in the fifth, but the Dutchmen came back with six in the home half of the box for a strong 15-3 upper hand.

That score stood until the eighth when the hosts tacked up a solo run before retiring the Mountaineer side in order in the ninth for the win.