YAPHANK, N.Y. – Southern Vermont College dropped a pair of non-conference baseball games Saturday afternoon at Baseball Heaven as the visiting Mountaineers fell 8-2 and then 10-0 to SUNY Maritime College.
SVC (1-4) is now off until its five-game Spring Break trip to Virginia; the first two of those contests come as a 1 p.m. doubleheader at the University of Mary Washington on Monday, March 12.
GAME 1: Maritime 8 – Southern Vermont 2
SVC grabbed an upper hand early on with a lone run in the top of the first, but the Privateers seized the lead in the second with a pair of runs before getting one more in the third. After Maritime padded its advantage with a solo run in the fifth, the Mountaineers got it right back in the top of the sixth; the hosts then crossed the plate four times in the home half of the frame, however, before keeping Southern Vermont off the board in the last inning to close out the opener.
Mountaineer sophomore first baseman Jordan Banks (Bristol, Conn.) went 2-3 at the plate while batting in both of the visitors' runs. Junior center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) and senior third baseman John Arancio (Oradell, N.J.) each had a 1-3 showing with a run scored in the effort, and Stacey added a walk to his line.
Southern Vermont junior righty Joe Braim (Saratoga, N.Y.) was strapped with the loss (1-1) after giving up six runs through five innings of work.
Stacey led-off the game with a single back to the pitcher and would make his way around to third before being knocked in on a two-out Banks base hit through the left side. Maritime went on top with two runs on two hits in the second, and the Privateers then took a 4-1 lead by the end of the fifth.
After Arancio got on the pond with a double to left-center in the top of the sixth, Banks came through with two outs once again as he drove a run-scoring single to the opposite gap and get SVC within two. That difference would be opened up to six, however, in the bottom of the frame, and the Mountaineers then stranded a runner at first in the seventh for the Privateers to finish off their second win of the young season.
GAME 2: Maritime 10 – Southern Vermont 0
Maritime tacked up four runs in the bottom of the first of game two and never looked back. The Privateers doubled their lead in the second, and they notched an additional insurance run in each of the next two innings while holding SVC to four hits during the shutout.
Stacey was 1-2 with a walk as Banks and senior left fielder Niko D'Agnese (Mahopac, N.Y.) were both 1-3 from the batter's box.
Senior right-hander Nick Hartman (East Hartland, Conn.) took the loss (0-2) from the bump—being charged with five earned runs while striking out three.
Southern Vermont stranded a runner at third in both the second and sixth while leaving one at second in the third and fifth, but the Mountaineers were unable to push those ducks across the dish as the hosts extended their lead through the first half of the game to take the sweep.
– #LetsGoSVC –