Poultney, VT – The Southern Vermont College softball team split today's doubleheader at Green Mountain College. In game one SVC fell just short in a tough 6-5 loss before the team bounced right back with a 5-3 victory.
Game one was a pitcher's duel through four innings as the Eagles' Cass Neimeth-Lazar (Red Hook, NY) and the Mountaineers' Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, NY) held the opposition in check up to that point. At the end of the fourth, SVC held a narrow 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, GMC's bats came alive and the team scored four runs to lead 5-2. With the bases loaded, Emma Lord (Greenville, NY) singled in a run. A passed ball and a wild pitch would score two more before Casey McGill (King of Prussia) finished of the scoring with an RBI single to centerfield.
The Mountaineers would answer right back in their top half of the next inning. After a Vanessa Ruelas (Paramount, CA) single, Alyssa Davis (Lyndonville, VT) connected on her second homerun of the game to bring SVC to within one at 5-4. A single and an error would put a SVC runner on third with one out for Hayley McDonald (Latham, NY) and she delivered an RBI single up the middle to notch the game at 5-5.
The Eagles would pull ahead with a run of their own in the bottom half of the sixth to retake the lead 6-5. With one out in the seventh, a walk and two singles would load the bases for the Mountaineers. Fortunately for the Eagles, Neimeth-Lazar forced Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, NY) to bounce into a 6-2-3 double play to end the game in dramatic fashion and give GMC its first win of the year.
Neimeth-Lazar (1-3) picked up her first win of the year while Fleming's record fell to 0-5 with the loss.
The second game would see the Eagles take a slim 3-1 lead into the top of the sixth inning. Both Lord and McDonald pitched brilliantly limiting each side up to that point. The Mountaineers' offense would finally get to Lord; however, as it erupted for three unanswered runs on RBI singles by Davis, Fleming and Jones. McDonald blanked the Eagles' bats the rest of the way to secure the win for SVC.
The Eagles received excellent performances at the plate from Chanleigh Casey (Hartford, NY) McGill, and Lord. Casey went 3-for-6 while driving in two, McGill had a 4-for-6 day at the plate with three RBI and Lord was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
SVC standout Davis led the Mountaineer offense going 6-for-7 with two homeruns, four runs scored and four RBI. McDonald also had a good day at the dish, going 4-for-7 with a run scored and an RBI. Fleming also notched an RBI during her 3-for 7 performance.
With the win, McDonald runs her record to 3-5, while Lord (0-4) is still looking for her first victory of the season.
With the split the Eagles' record moves to 1-7 on the year while the Mountaineers are now 3-11 overall. The Eagles take on Sage College on Thursday, March 29th at 3:30 p.m. in non-conference play. The Mountaineers will open up New England College Conference (NECC) play against Elms College on Saturday, March 31st, as the team takes on the Blazers in a doubleheader match-up scheduled for 10:00 p.m