Baseball Drops 15-5 Decision at Hampden-Sydney in Darkness-shortened Tilt

niko d'agnese rounds the bases

HAMPDEN SYDNEY, Va. – Southern Vermont College wasn't able to take its final scheduled at bat Wednesday evening at Hampden-Sydney College as the hosting Tigers took a 15-5 victory at Ty Cobb Ballpark after the Mountaineers' trip to the plate in the eighth inning.

HSC tacked up five runs in the bottom of the first and added four more over the next three frames to lead 9-1 going into the fifth. Both teams scored once in the sixth before Southern Vermont cut it to a 10-5 deficit in the top of the seventh. Hampden-Sydney would extend its advantage with five in the bottom of the box, however, and saw the umpires call an end to the game after the visitors were unable to score in the eighth.

The next action for the SVC (1-7) has the Mountaineers beginning their New England Collegiate Conference schedule on Friday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader against Elms College at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass.

Southern Vermont senior shortstop John Arancio (Oradell, N.J.) went 2-4 at the plate with two runs batted in while junior center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) was 1-3 with another pair of RBIs. Senior left fielder Niko D'Agnese (Mahopac, N.Y.) had a 2-3 showing at the dish with a double, a walk, and two runs scored.

Mountaineer freshman lefty Dylan Ramirez (Orlando, Fla.) threw the first three innings from the hill—striking out three while giving up three earned runs in the loss (0-1).

After the Tigers scored five runs in the first, SVC sophomore Jordan Banks (Bristol, Conn.) got aboard with a one-out double in the second; he would later get batted in on a sacrifice fly to center by freshman second baseman Will Iannacone (Winchendon, Mass.).

HSC padded its cushion over its next three at bats to have the score stand at 9-1 going into the sixth. Southern Vermont got one back, after D'Agnese led-off with his double, when Stacey tagged a run-scoring base hit to bring his teammate in from third.

Hampden-Sydney answered with one of its own in the bottom of the sixth—only to see the Mountaineers tally three in the seventh to trim their deficit. With the bases loaded and two outs, Stacey worked a walk to bring Iannacone across the dish; Arancio then registered an ensuing two-run single to make it a 10-5 ballgame. HSC doubled the difference in the home half of the frame, however, and kept SVC from getting any closer in the eighth before enough daylight disappeared for the contest to be called.