LEICESTER, Mass. – Southern Vermont College dropped the first two games of its New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball series against Becker College Saturday afternoon as the visiting Mountaineers fell 5-3 and then 10-5 at Rochdale Park.
SVC (6-17, 4-9 NECC) and the Hawks wrap up the three-game set at Rochdale on Sunday with first pitch slated for 12 p.m.
GAME 1: Becker 5 – Southern Vermont 3
SVC grabbed an early edge with a run in the second, but Becker notched two in the third and four in the fourth to go in front. Southern Vermont was able to tie it with a pair in the sixth—only to see the Hawks respond with two of their own in the home half of the frame before closing it out.
Six Mountaineers recorded a hit with sophomore first baseman Jordan Banks (Bristol, Conn.) going 1-3 with two RBIs. Freshman designated hitter Will Iannacone (Winchendon, Mass.) was 1-2 with a walk, a solo homer and a total of two runs scored.
Southern Vermont senior righty Nick Hartman (East Hartland, Conn.) struck out five from the hill during the loss (3-4).
Iannacone lifted his first collegiate home run to left in the top of the second for SVC to go in front early, but the lead would be short-lived as Becker came back with a pair in the third. An RBI single up the middle made it a 3-1 Hawk lead in the fourth before Banks came through with a two-run triple in the sixth to tie it up.
Those would be the last Mountaineer scores, however, and the hosts were able to notch a pair of their own with a couple of extra-base hits in the sixth to go on top. SVC worked a runner to second with two down in the seventh, but Becker got Southern Vermont to strand that Mountaineer while finishing off the opener's victory.
GAME 2: Becker 10 – Southern Vermont 5
The Hawk bats exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the first in game one, and the hosts were able to sustain the advantage for the afternoon sweep. SVC put up three runs in the fourth and one in each the sixth and seventh frames, but Becker prevented the visitors from getting any closer.
Southern Vermont junior center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) went 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while senior right fielder Niko D'Agnese (Mahopac, N.Y.) had a 3-3 showing at the dish with a run scored and another batted in.
SVC freshman lefty David Payne (Milford, Conn.) went the first three innings from the bump for SVC and struck out three in the loss (0-2). Sophomore right-hander Kevin Murhpy (Milton, Mass.) tossed three innings of relief and struck out four while giving up just one hit and a walk.
Becker scored three times in the bottom of the first before a three-run homer helped open it up. Stacey tallied an RBI single to left in the fourth to start SVC's scoring, and a D'Agnese double to center in the sixth helped make it a 10-4 ballgame. Sophomore left fielder Nate Hickey (Bristol, Conn.) then tagged his first collegiate home run in the top of the seventh, but that would be the final run of the day as the Hawks finished off the sweep.
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