MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Southern Vermont College softball team picked up its first two wins of the season Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of State University of New York at Morrisville during the Snowbird Softball Classic. SVC first won 10-2 and then 7-2 in the later game.
The Mountaineers move to 2-7 on the year while the Mustangs fall to 0-6.
Game 1: Southern Vt. 10, Morrisville 2
In the morning contest, the Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second before Morrisville tied it up with a run of its own in the fourth. SVC came right back in the next inning with a four spot and then added three more in the sixth for an 8-1 lead. The Mustangs pushed one across in the bottom of that inning, but Southern Vt. responded with another two for the 10-2 final, giving skipper Alyssa Davis her first collegiate win as a head coach.
Mountaineer senior center fielder Erika Garay (Walnut, Calif.) was 3-4 with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored, swiping two bases in the win. Senior second baseman Kirstin Buchan (Albany, N.Y.) went 3-4 with a run scored, and junior pitcher Emily Fleming (Gansevoort, N.Y.) was 2-4 at the dish, both hits being doubles, while adding an RBI and two runs scored to her line.
Fleming picked up the win from the circle (1-3) after giving up the two runs on nine hits. She struck out six batters on the day while walking none. Freshman hurler Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) suffered the loss (0-1) for the Mustangs, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out two in the effort.
Morrisville junior catcher Courtney Purcell (Fabius, N.Y.) had a 3-3 performance at the plate with two doubles and a run scored. Junior left fielder Jillian Mosley (Salem, N.J.) went 2-3 with a double while freshman center fielder Liz Miller (East Greenbush, N.Y.) was 2-4, also with a double.
Game 2: Southern Vt. 7, Morrisville 2
The back-end of the doubleheader saw a scoreless tie get broken in the third when the Mountaineers notched a lone run, followed up by another in the fourth. They then added four more in the fifth before Morrisville got on the board in the top of the sixth. Each team would score one more in its last trip to the plate as SVC capped the sweep with the 7-2 final.
Six Mountaineers recorded two hits including junior shortstop Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) who went 2-4 with a double, a run scored and two more batted in. Freshman third baseman Mallory Celeste (Gansevoort, N.Y.) was also 2-4 with a double, scoring two runs and knocking in another. Garay added a 2-4 showing, scoring twice for SVC.
Southern Vt. junior pitcher Hayley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.) took the win to improve to 1-2 in the circle, going all seven innings while giving up just one earned run on nine hits and a walk. She recorded six strikeouts in the win. Sophomore Krista Baxter (Downsville, N.Y.) suffered the loss (0-2) from the rubber for Morrisville.
Mustang senior third baseman Eileen Farrell (Johnsonville, N.Y.) went 3-4 at the plate with a double in the loss, and freshman first baseman Beth Marr (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) was 1-4, her hit being a double that knocked in a run, while crossing the plate herself for Morrisville.
The Mountaineers conclude their stay in Myrtle Beach Friday with a 1:30 p.m. added game against Salem College. Morrisville plays two on Friday, first against Waldorf College at 9:30 a.m. and then versus Salem College at 11:30 a.m.