Baseball Takes NECC Series Over Dean With Saturday Split (W 6-3, L 5-2)

ryan cullam takes a throw down at second

HARTFORD, Conn. – Southern Vermont College split a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball doubleheader against Dean College on Saturday at Trinity College's DiBenedetto Stadium as the Mountaineers won the opener 6-3 before falling 5-2.

With the series victory, thanks to a Friday night win, SVC is now 3-3 in league action (4-10 overall). The Mountaineers are next on the diamond Tuesday with a 7 p.m. Conference tilt at Elms College; Southern Vermont will bat as the home team in that matchup.

GAME 1: Southern Vermont 6 – Dean 3
SVC went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first during the day's opener. Another pair of runs saw the Mountaineers take a 4-1 edge in the fifth before Dean cut it to a one-run ballgame in the top of the sixth. Southern Vermont responded with two more in the home half of the inning and kept DC from crossing the dish in the seventh to claim the season series.

Mountaineer senior shortstop John Arancio (Oradell, N.J.) went 2-3 with an RBI while senior designated hitter Luigi Magliocca (Broadalbin, N.Y.) was 1-2 with a walk, two runs batted in, and another run scored. Junior second baseman Ryan Cullam (Guilderland, N.Y.) also knocked in a pair—going 1-3 with a run scored.

SVC senior right-hander Nick Hartman (East Hartland, Conn.) went the distance from the mound for his second-straight complete-game victory (2-2). He struck out two while allowing just one earned run on seven hits and two walks.

With one out and a pair aboard in the bottom of the second, Magliocca doubled to left to bring both runners around and score the day's opening scores. Dean came back with a lone run in the fourth before Southern Vermont crossed home twice the fifth; Cullam singled to center to bring in the first of those runs, and Arancio then did the same for Cullam to cross the plate.

DC scored twice in the sixth to cut it down to a one-run lead for SVC, but the Mountaineers had an answer in the home half of the frame. Hickey rolled an RBI fielder's choice to second with one out, and Cullam then knocked a fly ball deep enough to right field for freshman Zac Cronk (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) to tag up and score from third. Dean started the bottom of the seventh with an infield single, but Hartman worked out of it as he retired the next three batters to wrap up the win.

GAME 2: Dean 5 – Southern Vermont 2
Both teams scored once in the second before Dean went ahead with a pair in the fourth. Each side notched another lone run in the fifth, and DC then extended its advantage with a solo run in the sixth while holding the Mountaineers scoreless through their final two trips to the plate.

SVC senior right fielder Niko D'Agnese (Mahopac, N.Y.) went 3-4 with a run scored while junior center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was 1-4 with an RBI.

Mountaineer sophomore righty Rees LeSoine (Florence, Mont.) tossed the first 4.2 innings—striking out four in the loss (0-3).

Arancio came home from third on a sacrifice fly to center by junior catcher Dan Mason (Bloomingdale, N.J.) in the top of the second, but a Dean RBI double in the home half of the frame tied it up. A two-run double in the fourth put the Bulldogs in front before Cronk had a run-scoring extra-base hit of his own in the fifth to make it a 3-2 affair.

That would be the last SVC run of the day, however, and DC provided some insurance in both the fifth and sixth innings, with a run in each, to go up 5-2. Southern Vermont went down in order in the top of the seventh for Dean to prevent the Mountaineers from sweeping the season series.