COLCHESTER, Vt. – Southern Vermont College held a five-run lead in the third inning Wednesday afternoon, but hosting Saint Michael's College came back to overtake the Mountaineers before finishing off a 13-9 non-divisional win at Doc Jacobs Field.
SVC tacked up five runs in the top of the first and then had an 8-3 advantage going into the bottom of the third. SMC chalked up a pair in the home half of the frame, and the Knights then scored four in the sixth and another three in the seventh to pull ahead for the victory.
Next up for the Mountaineers (5-15) is a 4 p.m. Friday matchup at Elms College; that New England Collegiate Conference series finale, which was originally scheduled to be played at SVC, will have Southern Vermont batting as the home squad.
Junior right fielder Ryan Cullam (Guilderland, N.Y.) went 3-5 for the Mountaineers while junior center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) was 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Junior designated hitter Dan Mason (Bloomingdale, N.J.) had a 1-3 showing at the dish with a walk, two runs batted in, and one run scored.
SVC sophomore righty Kevin Murphy (Milton, Mass.) struck out three in his one inning of work, but he allowed the go-ahead run to score for him to be credited with the loss (0-1).
Southern Vermont jumped on top quickly with five runs on just two hits in the top of the first. Mason worked a walk with the bases loaded, and a Saint Michael's error in the outfield then allowed three runs to cross the dish. After the Mountaineers added their fifth score, however, the hosts came right back to notch three runs of their own and cut the deficit to a pair.
The Mountaineers were able to extend their upper hand with two runs in the second as senior shortstop John Arancio (Oradell, N.J.) roped an RBI double before Mason tagged a run-scoring single down the line in left. An SVC sacrifice fly in the third then made it an 8-3 difference.
After SMC trimmed the separation down to one with a pair in the home half of the third, Southern Vermont got one back in the sixth when Hickey scored on a base hit to right off of Stacey's bat. That would the last Mountaineer run of the game, however, as the rest of the offense was provided by the hosts. Saint Michael's cross the plate four times in the sixth, three times in the seventh, and once more in the eighth while holding SVC scoreless to take the first meeting between the two since 2009.
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