Baseball Clipped 13-9 at Mary Washington

rob spatafore swings at a pitch

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – A four-run seventh made the difference Tuesday afternoon in a Southern Vermont College 13-9 non-conference baseball loss to the University of Mary Washington at Dickinson Stadium.

The back-and-forth saw the hosting Eagles go up 6-0 in the first before SVC responded with seven over the next two frames to take the lead. UMW pulled back on top in the bottom of the third with a pair—only to see the Mountaineers tie it up with a lone run in the fourth. Both teams touched the dish once in the sixth, but Mary Washington then crossed home four times in the seventh for the final runs of the game.

The Mountaineers (1-6) finish their trip to the Old Dominion on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. tilt at Hampden-Sydney College.

Southern Vermont junior catcher Dan Mason (Bloomingdale, N.J.) went 2-4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in while senior third baseman Rob Spatafore (Mahopac, N.Y.) knocked in three runs on another 2-4 showing.

Mountaineer sophomore righty Rees Lesoine (Florence, Mont.) took the loss (0-1) as he gave up the go-ahead run during his 2.2 innings of relief.

After UMW put up six runs on five hits in the bottom of the first, Spatafore tagged a two-run single to left in the top of the second to put his team on the scoreboard. The Mountaineers then tallied five runs in the third as Mason drove in two with a single to center before Spatafore tallied another RBI with a base hit back to the pitcher.

The Eagles reclaimed the edge in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs, but SVC came right back to tie it at 8-8 in the fourth when senior shortstop John Arancio (Oradell, N.J.) grounded out to second with two runners in scoring position. A UMW miscue by the catcher allowed Southern Vermont to go on top in the sixth before the hosts evened the score once again on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the box.

Southern Vermont didn't leave a runner on base through the final three innings after a double play in the seventh and a consecutive pair of 1-2-3 frames. Meanwhile, the Eagles registered what proved to be the winning run and three pieces of insurance in the home half of the seventh to take their second win over the Mountaineers in as many days.