Softball Sweeps Wheelock with Long-Ball: W 16-0, W 17-2

Softball Sweeps Wheelock with Long-Ball: W 16-0, W 17-2

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Sophomore catcher Meagan Fleming (Gansevoort, N.Y). went 7-8 and knocked in 12 runs to lead the Southern Vermont College softball team to a doubleheader sweep over host Wheelock College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play Sunday afternoon at the Pine Manor College Softball Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass.  The Mountaineers won the first game, 16-0, and the second tilt, 17-2.

Both games were halted after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.  Southern Vermont improves to 5-14 overall and 4-6 in league play, while the Wildcats fall to 0-19 and 0-12.

Fleming hit a home run in each game and also smacked a double while scoring five times as well for the Mountaineers.

SVC 16, Wheelock 0

Southern Vermont got all the runs it would need in the top of the second inning, scoring six times.  Fleming keyed the offense with a two-run single in the frame, while sophomore third baseman Brianne Nichols (Colonie, N.Y.) and junior centerfielder Erika Garay (Walnut, Calif.) each drove in a run with a single to help the cause. 

The Mountaineers tacked on two more runs in the third to take an 8-0 advantage, thanks to bases loaded walks drawn by Fleming and sophomore starting pitcher Emily Fleming (Gansevoort, N.Y.).  Fleming fueled a five-run fourth for Southern Vermont with a three-run homer to left field, following RBI singles off the bats of Garay and junior second baseman Nathalie Ruelas (Paramount, Calif.) for a 13-0 cushion.  The Mountaineers scored the final three runs of the contest in the fifth, getting a two-run double from Ruelas and a run-scoring single from Meagan Fleming for a 16-0 victory.

Emily Fleming hurled a three-hit, five-inning shutout, while striking out three without a walk to improve to 2-8 for Southern Vermont.  Freshman pitcher Kiersten Cosgrove (Pequannock, N.J.) (0-11) allowed eight runs (five earned) on five hits and nine walks in two and two-thirds innings of work, while fanning a batter in the loss for Wheelock.  Meagan Fleming was 3-4 with seven runs batted in for the Mountaineers while Ruelas plated four runs with a 2-3 showing.  Garay finished the game going 3-5 with two RBI's and a pair of runs scored, while Nichols scored four times, knocked in a run and collected a hit.  Freshman Katie Fleming (West Boylston, Mass.), senior Kim Perault (Medford, Mass.) and freshman Kayla Grosso (Barnstable, Mass.) all registered a hit for the Wildcats.

SVC 17, Wheelock 2

Southern Vermont scored the first 10 runs of game two, including a pair in the first frame on an RBI single from sophomore first baseman Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) and an error.  The Mountaineers put three more runs on the board in the third, including a run-producing single from sophomore pitcher Haley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.).  McDonald came through again in the fourth as part of a five-run effort with a three-run homer to left center field.  Ruelas and Meagan Fleming each forced in runs with bases on balls with the bases loaded to give the visitors a 10-0 lead. 

The Wildcats countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame when senior first baseman Jacky Hull (Braintree, Mass.) led off with a single, followed by consecutive base knocks from Fleming and Perault to load the bases for sophomore catcher Molly Rose (Weymouth, Mass.).  Rose delivered with a single through the left side to put Wheelock on the board.  The home team scored again on an error to cut the deficit to 10-2. 

Southern Vermont put the game away with seven runs in the fifth, highlighted by a grand slam blast from Meagan Fleming and a two-run homer by McDonald for her second round tripper in as many innings.

McDonald earned the victory to improve to 3-6 for the Mountaineers, yielding two runs (one earned) on five hits, while striking out four in five innings. Perault (0-7) was saddled with the loss, giving up 17 runs (11 earned) on 15 hits and six walks to go with three strikeouts.  McDonald helped her own cause with six RBI's and three hits, while Meagan Fleming was 4-4 with five runs batted in and four runs scored.  Jones and sophomore right fielder Hannah Cross (Bennington, Vt.) each collected two hits and drove in a run as well.  Hull went 2-3 with a run scored to lead the Wildcats while Fleming, Perault and Rose each picked up hits for Wheelock.

Southern Vermont will play host to Lesley University in NECC action Monday at Willow Park in Bennington (3:30/5:30) as Wheelock turns to its Wednesday doubleheader at Anna Maria College (3:30/5:30 p.m.).