CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Matching up against top-standing Lesley University Saturday afternoon, the Southern Vermont College softball team dropped a pair of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) games at Buckingham Field.
The Mountaineers lost the first by a tight 5-3 margin, and Lesley then took game two by an 8-0 final in five innings.
Lynx sophomore righty Jess Reynolds (Londonderry, N.H.) picked up her first collegiate no-hitter in the second Lesley win of the day, giving up just one walk and striking out three to improve to 4-3 from the circle on the season. SVC freshman Mallory Celeste (Gansevoort, N.Y.) tagged her second home run of the season in the first-game effort.
GAME 1: Lesley 5, Southern Vt. 3
The Lynx jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Celeste responded with a solo homer in the second to trim the lead.
SVC then went ahead in the third with a pair, the first run coming on a sacrifice fly by sophomore second baseman Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.) to score junior pitcher Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.). Freshman shortstop Lauryn Zovistoski (Granville, N.Y.) followed with a hit down the line in left, plating senior center fielder Erika Garay (Pico Rivera, Calif.).
The 3-2 Mountaineer advantage held until the bottom of the fifth when Lesley took back the lead for good, scoring three times with four two-out hits.
Garay went 2-4 at the plate with the run scored while Fleming had a 2-3 showing. Celeste finished 1-2 with a walk.
Freshman designated hitter Mekenzie Golden (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) went 2-3 with two runs scored for the Lynx, and senior first baseman Nicole Mercurio (Wakefield, Mass.) was 2-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Freshman pitcher Alyson Nisbet (Clovis, Calif.) picked up the win for LU to move to 5-4 on the year while Fleming suffered the loss (2-4).
GAME 2: Lesley 8, Southern Vt. 0 (5)
Lesley again took a 2-0 lead in the first to start game two as a Mercurio double followed a Golden triple to score the pair. Reynolds retired the first six batters she faced before giving up a lead-off walk to start the third. An ensuing fielder's choice and a Lynx miscue put an SVC runner on second, but Reynolds would proceed to record outs on the next eight Mountaineers she faced en route to the no-no and 8-0 win.
Golden finished game two 3-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs while Reynolds helped herself with a 1-2 showing at the dish, collecting a walk, a run batted in, and two runs scored.
Mountaineer junior righty Hayley McDonald (Cohoes, N.Y.), who worked the one walk Reynolds issued, took the loss from the circle (2-4).
The Mountaineers (4-12, 2-2 NECC) continue their Boston area road trip with a league doubleheader against Newbury College at Pine Manor College on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Lesley (9-12, 8-0 NECC) will then play Wheelock College at the same field Sunday for another NECC twin-bill, projected to start at 3:30 p.m.