MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Southern Vermont College softball team lost its first two games of the Snowbird Softball Classic Tuesday, first dropping a 10-0 decision to New England College in six innings before being defeated by St. Joseph's College Long Island in five by a 10-1 margin.
SVC was scheduled to play two games Monday, but rain forced the contests with St. Joseph's and Clarion University to be cancelled. The Mountaineers drop to 0-4 on the season with the pair of losses while NEC moved to 1-0 and St. Joseph's improved to 4-4 with the wins over Southern Vt.
New England College 10, Southern Vt. 0 (6)
Against the Pilgrims, the Mountaineers managed just six hits, none of which could account for a run. NEC was able to tack up five runs in the top of the fifth before throwing up four more in the sixth to put the game out of reach for the Mountaineers.
SVC freshman third baseman Mallory Celeste (Gansevoort, N.Y.) was 2-3 at the plate, the only Mountaineer to reach base twice. Senior center fielder Erika Garay (Walnut, Calif.) was 1-3 out of the lead-off spot while junior catcher Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) had a 1-3 showing from the clean-up position.
New England sophomore center fielder Kiley Williams (Salem, Utah) was 3-4 with three RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base in the win. Freshman catcher Gina Drappi (Bloomfield, N.J.) went 3-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base out of the nine-hole, and sophomore left fielder Maranda Johnson (Huntsville, Utah) was 1-2 with a walk and two runs scored, her lone hit being a double.
Junior pitcher Olivia Stanley (Walpole, N.H.) took the win from the circle (1-0) in the Pilgrims' first game of the season. Mountaineer junior Hayley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.) suffered the loss (0-1) in her first action on the rubber. Williams struck out seven hitters on the day while McDonald had six of her own.
St. Joseph's LI 10, Southern Vt. 1 (5)
SVC scratched across a run in the top of the first to take an early lead over the Eagles, but that would be all the Mountaineers could muster as SJC hurler Amanda Eremita (Sayville, N.Y.) held them to just five hits in the game. St. Joseph's put up five runs in the bottom of the second to take back the lead and added three more in the third and two more in the fourth to put it away.
Once again, Celeste went 2-3 for the Mountaineers, adding a double to her day, while sophomore captain Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.) was 1-3 at the dish with the lone run scored. Freshman shortstop Lauryn Zovistoski (Granville, N.Y.) added a 1-3 performance with an RBI and a stolen base.
Eagle sophomore second baseman Megan Leun (Hauppauge, N.Y.) had a perfect 3-3 showing at the plate while scoring three runs and knocking in another. Junior third baseman Nicole Reda (Saint James, N.Y.) went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, hitting a homer in the bottom of the second.
Eremita moved to 2-0 on the season from the circle after giving up just the one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three. SVC junior righty Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) took the loss (0-2), recording three strikeouts in the effort.
The Mountaineers are back in action with three games on Wednesday, starting with a 9:30 a.m. first pitch against Division II Philadelphia University. They face New England College again at 11:30 a.m. before taking on Waldorf College, an NAIA institution, at 1:30 p.m.