NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – Southern Vermont College split its opening New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon as the Mountaineers bounced back from a 4-1 loss to defeat Newbury College 10-4 in the second game played at the New England Baseball Complex.
SVC (6-8-1, 1-1 NECC) is back on the road Sunday for its next NECC doubleheader—that being a twin bill against Lesley University with first pitch slated for 2 p.m. at Clark University.
GAME 1: Newbury 4 – Southern Vermont 1
The opener was scoreless until the top of the sixth when Southern Vermont put up a lone run for the slim advantage. Newbury came right back, however, and pushed four across the plate in the home half of the inning; the Nighthawks then blanked SVC in the seventh to start Conference action with a victory.
Mountaineer senior righty Joe Braim (Saratoga, N.Y.) threw all six innings of the loss (2-2)—striking out three while giving up the four runs on seven hits and a walk.
Southern Vermont stranded seven runners on base through the first five innings while Newbury only left a pair aboard as Braim retired the side in order three times during that stretch. After Sullivan singled in the top of the sixth to get on the pond, a Nighthawk error allowed him to come all the way around and put the visitors on the scoreboard.
The lead wouldn't last for long, however, with NC posting four runs on six hits in the bottom of the frame. The Mountaineers would then go down 1-2-3 in the seventh for Newbury to seal the win.
GAME 2: Southern Vermont 10 – Newbury 4
The SVC bats opened up in the backend of the twin bill with the Mountaineers scoring three runs in the top of the first before going ahead 7-0 midway through the fourth. The Nighthawks got three back through their next two trips to the plate, but Southern Vermont crossed the dish three more times the rest of the way while holding NC to just one run in the seventh.
Mountaineer junior third baseman Kyle Liddy (Oriskany, N.Y.) went 2-4 with two home runs, five RBI's, and two runs scored in the win. Serrato had a 3-5 showing at the dish with two more doubles, two runs scored, and one run batted in while sophomore shortstop Nick Guajardo (Mansfield, Texas) was 2-4 with a triple and a run scored.
SVC senior right-hander Ryan Richards (Beaumont, Calif.) improved to 2-0 on the year after going the first five innings—striking out a pair while allowing three runs on five hits.
Liddy connected for a three-run jack in the top of the first, and the Mountaineers never trailed after that. After Southern Vermont chalked up two more through the next couple of innings, Liddy put his third homer of the year over the fence in left to score another pair.
A Newbury sacrifice fly in the fourth and two-run dinger in the fifth made it a 7-3 game, but SVC answered in the sixth with the help of a hard-hit single through the left side by Serrato. Both teams notched a run in the seventh for the Mountaineers to stay in front and pick up their first league victory of the season.
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