MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Continuing its participation in the Snowbird Softball Classic, Southern Vermont College dropped three games Wednesday against varying levels of competition.
The Mountaineers first lost to Division II Philadelphia University 8-0 in five innings before getting knocked off by New England College 10-5. SVC then finished the day with a 6-0 defeat by Waldorf College, an NAIA institution.
Philadelphia 8, Southern Vt. 0 (5)
The Rams put up a quick two runs in the top of the first to take a lead they would not relinquish. PU added two more the next inning and another four in the third, enough to see the game end after the fifth as SVC was hard-pressed to push across any runs against junior pitcher Nicole Troisi (Norristown, Pa.).
Mountaineer freshman shortstop Lauryn Zovistoski (Granville, N.Y.) went 1-1 at the plate with a walk and a stolen base while senior center fielder Erika Garay (Walnut, Calif.) was 1-3 out of the lead-off position.
Philadelphia senior second baseman Meaghan Lewis (Binghamton, N.Y.) had a 4-4 showing at the bat with two RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base, and freshman third baseman Meghan Loughery (Phoenixville, Pa.) was 2-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman shortstop Gianna Bliss (Phoenixville, Pa.) went 2-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Troisi moved to 2-0 from the circle, giving up no runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six in her five innings of work. SVC junior Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) took the loss (0-3), striking out three in the effort.
New England College 10, Southern Vt. 5
In the top of the first, New England jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. That would not last very long, however, as a solo homer by Mountaineer freshman third baseman Mallory Celeste (Gansevoort, N.Y.) in the bottom of the second tied it up. The Pilgrims came back with two of their own in the top of the third, but SVC again responded with a pair in the bottom of the frame. NEC then took an 8-3 lead with a five-run top of the fourth which proved to be enough as Southern Vt. totaled just two more the rest of the way.
Celeste finished 1-3 while sophomore captain Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.) scored a run before leaving the game with an injury. She was replaced by freshman Lissa Marie Soler (Yonkers, N.Y.) who went 2-2, and senior shortstop Kirstin Buchan (Albany, N.Y.) was 1-3 with an RBI.
Pilgrim sophomore center fielder Kiley Williams (Salem, Utah) went 3-5 with an RBI and two runs scored out of the lead-off spot while freshman shortstop Christina Rubiano (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) was 3-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base.
NEC junior pitcher Olivia Stanley (Walpole, N.H.) improved her season record in the circle to 2-0 while striking out three. Zovistoski also struck out three batters in the loss (0-2).
Waldorf 6, Southern Vt. 0
The Warriors took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first before adding another three in the fourth. That was enough for the Waldorf pitching staff as it held the Mountaineers to just three hits in the seven innings.
Warrior senior left fielder Kathryn Nieman (Clear Lake, Iowa) went 3-3 with three RBIs, a home run and a stolen base, and senior shortstop Kate Martino (Wonder Lake, Ill.) was 1-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
WC junior righty Marisa Donnelly (Naperville, Ill.) picked up the win from the circle to stay perfect at 10-0; she only gave up one hit and struck out five in her four innings of work. Mountaineer junior hurler Hayley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.) was strapped with the loss (0-2).
Southern Vt. (0-7) next matches up with Morrisville State for a pair on Thursday starting at 9:30 a.m.