BENNINGTON, Vt. – Timely hitting and great defense propelled the Southern Vermont College Mountaineers to sweep visiting with SUNY Cobleskill 12-3 and 3-2 wins at Willow Park Tuesday afternoon. A three-run fourth inning preceded Mountaineers scoring seven unanswered runs in the fifth which was cut short due to the eight run mercy rule. Southern Vermont tied the game in the bottom of the third with a leadoff home run from sophomore starting pitcher Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.). She also drove in five runs on the day.
SVC improves to 7-20 on the season (4-12 NECC) while the Fighting Tigers drop to 13-13 overall (7-5 NEAC).
SVC 12, SUNY Cobleskill 3 (5 inn.)
SUNY Cobleskill started off the scoring in the first inning with a leadoff single down the third base line from Madeline DeMilio (Valhalla, N.Y.) then getting driven in by a Kelsey DeZalia (Slingerlands, N.Y.) RBI single up the middle. The Mountaineers would respond quickly with their leadoff batter and junior center fieler Erika Garay (Walnut, Calif.) singling to right field, then being plated by an RBI single on a first pitch hit by Fleming.
Cobleskill would start the third inning off with three consecutive singles, all with one out, getting an RBI from Mattea Bagley (Salisbury, Vt.) to make the score 3-2 in favor of the visitors. Fleming then led off the home half with a home run to left field, tying the game at three apiece. SVC would continue to tack on runs with a three-run fourth inning rally with no one on and two outs. Fleming would plate two runners and back-to-back singles from sophomore Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) and freshman shortstop Julie Burnley (Colonie, N.Y.) gave SVC a 6-3 lead. Seven more runs would come in the fifth to seal the game in five innings.
Fleming improves to 3-11 in the circle for the Mountaineers, allowing the three runs on five hits and one walk. She struck out six Fighting Tigers in 5.0 innings of work. Cobleskill sophomore starter Brianne Gray (Hornell, N.Y.) suffered the loss (5-8) by giving up 12 runs (six earned) on 15 hits.
Fleming finished 4-4 with the five RBIs and three runs scored while Jones went 3-4 with one run batted in and another scored.
DeZalia was 2-3 with a run scored and another knocked in.
SVC 3, SUNY Cobleskill 2
The Mountaineers and the Fighting Tigers went back-and-forth with great defense and pitching from sophomore right-hander Hayley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.), starting with a play that saved a run when a ground ball hit to third went off freshman Jen Sicinski's (Shelton, Conn.) glove; she then picked it up and threw to first where a nice scoop from Fleming ended the inning.
SVC would strike first in the third inning. With runners on first and third and speed on the bases, freshman second baseman Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.) executed a suicide squeeze that allowed freshman left fielder Katie Raymond (Bristol, Conn.) to slide safely under the tag with the first run. With two down and runners on first and second, Jones would hit the first pitch she saw off the right center fence to bring in two more, making the score 3-0 Mountaineers.
Cobleskill would not go quietly, starting with a lead off bloop single to right. A sacrifice bunt moved her to second, and a left center single that dropped scored a Tiger run making the deficit 3-1. To lead off the sixth, Cobleskill would tack another run on when DeZalia ripped a lead-off single past Sicinski, and a sac bunt with an overthrow to first allowed the Tigers to have runners on second and third with just one out. A sac fly by Kayla Shea (Elizaville, N.Y.) made it a one-run ballgame.
McDonald would shut down the Tiger bats, however, with a 1-2-3 seventh by changing speeds and continuing to throw strikes late in the game. She betters her circle record to 4-9 with the 7.0-inning outing in which she allowed just two runs on five hits and two walks; she struck out seven batters in the complete game start. Gray took her second loss of the day to drop to 5-9 despite giving up only three runs on six hits and one walk.
Jones went 2-3 with the two RBIs in the day-cap.
Southern Vermont returns to the diamond on Saturday with a home conference doubleheader against Regis College, starting at 1 p.m., while SUNY Cobleskill turns to its Wednesday matchups at SUNYIT with a 3 p.m. start time.