Baseball Falls 17-1, 3-1 to Elms in NECC Doubleheader

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College fell 17-1 and then 3-1 to Elms College Saturday afternoon in a pair of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball contests at Bill Epstein Field.

The two teams are set to complete the series on Sunday with Southern Vermont (7-21, 5-6 NECC) visiting Elms (9-19, 7-6 NECC) for a 12 p.m. first pitch.

GAME 1: Elms 17 – Southern Vermont 1
The Blazers put up a pair of runs in the top of the first of game one before adding a crooked-five for a comfortable lead. SVC got on the board in the fourth, but Elms continued to score in the next two frames to pull away for the win.

Mountaineer sophomore catcher Dan Mason (Bloomingdale, N.J.) was 1-1 with a solo homer as freshman second baseman Noah DuBois (Barrington, N.H.) went 1-1 with a walk.

EC senior right fielder Stephen Harrison (Southbury, Conn.) went 5-5 with two homers for a total of eight RBI's and four runs scored. Senior third baseman Tim Gelzinis (North Dighton, Mass.) had a 3-4 showing with two RBI's as senior Brad Hungerford (New Preston, Conn.) went 2-4 with two runs batted in and another run scored.

Sophomore Thomas Owens (Suffield, Conn.) improved to 2-2 on the bump while striking out eight in the win for NC. SVC senior righty Joshua Hay (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) took the loss (2-5) from the hill.

Harrison tagged a two-run homer in the top of the first, and the Blazers never looked back. They got SVC to leave two runners on base in the home half of the inning before putting up five runs in the second; Harrison and Hungerford each tallied an RBI-single in the frame for EC to go on top 7-0.

Mason registered his third career home run in the bottom of the fourth, but Elms would answer with four more over the next two innings to stake a sizable victory.

GAME 2: Elms 3 – Southern Vermont 1
A slew of zeros went on the board as a scoreless game went into the fifth during the backend of the doubleheader. Elms then got across the plate twice before adding a lone run in the sixth. Southern Vermont tried to rally and got one back in the seventh, but EC was able to close out the sweep for the series win.

DuBois was 2-3 for the Mountaineers while senior designated hitter Anthony Mercuri (Ridge, N.Y.) was 1-3 at the dish.

Elms senior center fielder Aedin Wadja (Lebanon, Conn.) went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored as senior first baseman Jordan Zima (Berlin, Conn.) was 2-4 with a run batted in.

Senior lefty Kyle Platner (Northfield, Mass.) went a strong six innings for the Blazers—striking out six while allowing just one hit and one walk. Classmate Tim Gelzinis (North Dighton, Mass.) picked up his fifth save of the year despite letting up a lone run in the final frame. Mountaineer freshman Tyler Graham (Amsterdam, N.Y.) went all seven innings—giving up just three runs while striking out three.

Neither side could get a runner past second until a Wadja ground out put a Blazer 90 feet away from scoring with two down in the third. Graham induced an inning-ending grounder to the corner, however, for the Mountaineers to retain the scoreless tally.

Elms finally broke through in the fifth by putting up a pair of runs. With two down, Wadja doubled to right to score a Blazer from first. Zima later tagged an RBI-single to left-center for Elms to go on top 2-0. Gelzinish then scored in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to right—making it a three-run game which went into the bottom of the seventh.

Mercuri started the home half of the final frame with a single to center, and his pinch runner then took second without a throw. Sophomore Joseph Braim (Schuylerville, N.Y.) notched an RBI-ground out to third for the Mountaineers to get on the board, but Elms was able to record the final out to conclude the sweep.