NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Southern Vermont College baseball team was tapped with 13-6 and 19-5 losses to Mitchell College Sunday afternoon in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) doubleheader at Alumni Field.
The Mountaineers (6-12-1, 1-5 NECC) now prepare to host Norwich University for their home opener on Wednesday—that non-conference tilt slated for 3:30 p.m.
GAME 1: Mitchell 13 – Southern Vermont 6
MC never trailed in the opener after scoring three runs in the bottom of the second. The Mariners posted five runs in both the fourth and fifth frames to go ahead 13-1—making SVC's five-run seventh short of being a difference maker.
Southern Vermont senior left fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) went 3-4 with an RBI out of the leadoff spot, and junior third baseman Kyle Liddy (Oriskany, N.Y.) added a 2-4 showing with a two-run homer in the seventh. Sophomore second baseman Zac Cronk (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was 1-3 with two runs scored and another batted in for the Mountaineers.
SVC senior righty Joe Braim (Saratoga, N.Y.) struck out one batter through his 3.1 innings on the hill during the loss (2-3).
After Mitchell chalked up three runs in the bottom of the second, Southern Vermont answered with one of its own as a Stacey double to left-center brought Cronk around to make it 3-1. The Mariners then used three doubles and a home run, however, to score five runs in both the fourth and fifth frames.
The Mountaineers tried to stage a comeback in the seventh—Cronk batting in the first run of the inning with a single to center. SVC would scratch across another pair before Liddy knocked out a two-run dinger to bring the difference down to seven. That would be as close as Southern Vermont would get, however, as MC closed out the victory.
GAME 2: Mitchell 19 – Southern Vermont 5
Both teams tallied a pair of runs in the first inning of game two, and scoring went back-and-forth through the fifth. SVC, however, didn't score more than one run after the first while MC scored no less than three after the second. With Mitchell leading 12-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the hosts recorded a crooked-seven spot to pull away.
Liddy again went 2-4 with another two-run home run, and Cronk added a 2-3 showing with two runs scored to his day. Senior first baseman Ryan Serrato (Whittier, Calif.) and sophomore catcher Jason Marcello (Daytona Beach, Fla.) were both 2-3 with a run scored in the effort.
Mountaineer junior left-hander Ryan Richardson (Pasadena, Md.) was touched with the loss (1-4) after going the first 3.1 innings on the mound; he struck out a pair in the outing.
Liddy put Southern Vermont ahead in the top of the first when he sent his fifth homer of the year over the fence in right; that ties him for fifth on the program's all-time single season record list. MC came right back with two runs in the bottom of the box, and both teams would continue to score through the remainder of the contest.
SVC notched a lone run in the third—only to see Mitchell post four of its own in the home half of the inning. Southern Vermont again scored once in the fourth before MC responded with three, and the Mountaineers added one more solo tally in the fifth to make it 10-5. The rest would be all Mitchell, however, as the hosts registered three runs in the fifth and another seven in the sixth. SVC couldn't chip away at its sizable deficit for Mitchell to claim the sweep.
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