LEICESTER, Mass. – Southern Vermont College Softball dropped two at Becker College in New Englad Collegiate Conference (NECC) action Saturday afternoon. BC sophomore shortstop Megan Bolduc (Dover, N.H.) hit a walk-off grand slam over the centerfield wall to lead the hosts to a 10-6 win in game two of the doubleheader at Russell Field. Earlier, Becker won the first game, 4-3 in the Hawks' home-opener.
Becker moves to 6-8 with a 3-1 conference mark while the Mountaineers drop to 2-11 and 1-3 in the NECC.
Game 1 – Becker 4, SVC 3
In game one, the Hawks struck first in the bottom of the third when Bolduc hit an RBI single to right to give Becker a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, sophomore pitcher Megan Cordon(Watertown, Conn.) drove in Bolduc as the Hawks went up 2-0. The Mountaineers tied it up in the top of the sixth, taking advantage of some Becker miscues with RBI hits from freshman Julianna Burnley (Scotia, N.Y.) and sophomore Kirstin Buchan (Colonie, N.Y.). But Becker freshman outfielder Jessica Wheelahan (Watertown, Conn.), facing a 0-2 hole in the bottom of the sixth, hit a single down the right field line to drive in freshman outfielder Jaclyn Orangio (Maynard, Mass.) and sophomore second baseman Lauren Lavalle (Millbury, Mass.), giving her team the 4-2 lead.
Southern Vermont got a run back in the top of the seventh when junior Erika Garay (Walnut, Calif.) scored on an errant throw, but Becker senior outfielder Maggie Levesque (North Adams, Mass.) made a fantastic catch to shut the door.
Becker freshman pitcher Kelsey Norberg (Uxbridge, Mass.) earned her fourth win of the season (4-4), striking out nine Mountaineers in seven innings. Southern Vermont sophomore pitcher Emily Fleming (Gansevoort, N.Y.) finished with six strikeouts over six innings in the loss (1-6).
Game 2 – Becker 10, SVC 6
In the second game, the Mountaineers scored early off an RBI single by sophomore Hayley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.) in the top of the first. In the bottom of the inning the Hawks responded, loading the bases with no outs as Orangio scored from third on a fielder's choice. Wheelehan again put her team ahead, this time with an RBI single in the bottom of the second to score freshman outfielder Victoria Horning (Riverview, Fla.) as Becker went up 2-1. That remained the score until the top of the sixth, when Southern Vermont posted four runs to take a commanding 5-2 lead, highlighted by a two-RBI single to left-center by Nathalie Ruelas (Paramount, Calif.).
Down to their last six outs, Wheelehan got the Hawk rally going with an RBI single down the left field line to score junior catcher Melissa Rhodes (Mendon, Mass.). With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, a critical error by the Mountaineers allowed Bolduc and Cordon to score, tying the game at 5-5 and headed into extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Southern Vermont sophomore Meagan Fleming (Gansevoort, N.Y.) hit an RBI single to score freshman Katie Raymond (Bristol, Conn.). Needing to rally from behind once again in the bottom half of the inning, Cordon hit an RBI single to right field to score Orangio and tie the game. On the very next at-bat, Bolduc came to the plate with the bases loaded and won it in dramatic walk-off fasion.
Cordon, the defending NECC pitcher of the week, went six innings with seven strikeouts to pick aup the win (2-4), allowing only three earned runs. McDonald struck out six Hawks in seven innings of work while taking the loss (1-5).
Up next, Southern Vermont will host Bay Path College for a doubleheader on Sunday with a start time of 1 p.m. Becker travels to Wheelock College on Sunday for two games beginning at 3 p.m.