WORCESTER, Mass. – Southern Vermont College was edged in a pair of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball contests Sunday afternoon as the Mountaineers fell 5-3 and then 11-9 to Lesley University at Clark University's Granger Fields.
SVC got within one run towards the end of game one but couldn't find the equalizer, and the Mountaineers came up short of erasing a six-run deficit during the bottom of the seventh in game two.
Southern Vermont (6-10-1, 1-3 NECC) is back in action on Saturday with a 12 p.m. non-conference twin bill at Skidmore College.
The Mountaineers hit three home runs Sunday—bringing their season total to 16 through 17 games; that is the most for the team since it tallied 25 through 38 games in 2009.
GAME 1: Lesley 5 – Southern Vermont 3
A three-run top of the second put the Lynx ahead for most of the game with LU making it a 4-1 lead by the end of the fifth. SVC got within one with a pair of scores in the sixth, but Lesley was able to get one back in the seventh before keeping the Mountaineers off the board in their final at bats.
Southern Vermont junior third baseman Kyle Liddy (Oriskany, N.Y.) went 2-3 with a run scored while sophomore shortstop Nick Guajardo (Mansfield, Texas) was 1-2 with three RBI's—two coming on a home run in the sixth.
SVC junior lefty Ryan Richardson (Pasadena, Md.) was tagged with the loss (1-3) after going all seven innings on the mound; he struck out a season-high six batters while allowing just two earned runs on four hits and three walks.
Lesley struck first with a two-run homer and an RBI-double in the top of the second, but the Mountaineers were able to scratch across a lone run in the bottom of the fourth when Guajardo poked a sacrifice fly out to right. After LU benefitted from a Southern Vermont mishap in the fifth to plate one, Guajardo raked his first dinger of the year over the fence in left to make it just a 4-3 ballgame.
The Lynx responded in the seventh as another SVC miscue allowed a runner to come home for a piece of insurance. Southern Vermont would send just three batters to the plate in the home half of the frame as Lesley closed out its first win of the day.
GAME 2: Lesley 11 – Southern Vermont 9
LU put up six runs in the top of the fifth in game two to stake an 11-1 upper hand, but the Mountaineers wouldn't go quietly and started to get their offense going late in the contest. Southern Vermont scored three times in the fifth, once in the sixth, and then four times in the seventh. With the tying run on deck, however, Lesley went to the bullpen and had their closer throw two pitches to earn his second save of the afternoon.
SVC freshman left fielder Jacob Villegas (Fontana, Calif.) went 3-4 with two triples, a double, three RBI's, and a run scored. Senior first baseman Cody Sullivan (Brunswick, N.Y.) and junior center fielder Brandon Lara-Mack (San Gabriel, Calif.) were both 2-4 with a run scored and another run batted in while Richardson, who moved to right field, was 2-3 with a pair of runs scored.
Southern Vermont used four pitchers throughout the game with sophomore right-hander Bryan Padilla (New Britain, Conn.) taking the loss (0-1) after going two innings with the start. Freshman righty Joseph Ruelas (Rowland Heights, Calif.) and sophomore left-hander David Payne (Milford, Conn.) combined for 2.2 innings of scoreless work—surrendering no hits and just one walk to Lesley.
After LU went on top 5-0 with a single up the middle in the top of the second, Serrato launched a double to center for Richardson to score and get his team on the board. The Lynx would open it up in the fifth, however, as they scored six runs on four hits and a pair of walks before SVC could secure the second out of the inning.
Southern Vermont started to chip away in the bottom of the box as Guajardo tagged another sacrifice fly before Villegas tripled to center—being thrown out trying to score after scoring a pair. Lara-Mack then cranked his second home run of the year to left for the Mountaineers to make it an 11-5 difference.
Lesley retired the first two SVC batters in the bottom of the seventh, but that's when Southern Vermont started to rally and make things interesting. Sullivan doubled to center for the first run to come around, and Villegas then smacked his second triple of the game to plate another.
Sophomore catcher Jason Marcello (Daytona Beach, Fla.) followed with his first home run of the season—forcing LU to give their starting pitcher the hook. The closer lived up to his title as he wrapped up the sweep by inducing a game-ending pop up to the catcher in foul territory.
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