CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – With a pair of home runs, the Southern Vermont College softball team split a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) doubleheader at Pine Manor College Sunday, winning game one 3-2 before losing 5-2.
The Mountaineers move to 3-3 in conference play, 5-13 overall on the season. The Nighthawks are now 10-14 overall, 6-4 in the NECC.
GAME 1: Southern Vt. 3, Newbury 2
Celeste hit a two-run homer in the top of the second to put the Mountaineers up 2-0 after a scoreless first. Newbury responded with a single run of its own in the bottom of the frame, but Zovistoski put the lead back to two in the third with a solo dinger. Freshman catcher Emily Humphries (Westborough, Mass.) then hit a one-run shot of her own in the bottom of the fourth to make it a tight 3-2 ballgame.
Neither side could push across a run through the final three innings as Zovistoski went to the circle and closed it out, going three innings while allowing no runs on just three hits and a walk; she struck out three en route to her first collegiate save.
Celeste finished the front-end with a 2-3 showing at the plate while junior pitcher Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) added a 2-3 appearance at the dish; Fleming picked up the win, moving to 3-4 from the circle.
Humphries went 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Nighthawks, and freshman third baseman Lindsey Clark (River Edge, N.J.) added a 3-3 effort. Junior pitcher Olivia Kenyon (Canton, Mass.) suffered the loss (8-10), striking out six in the opener.
GAME 2: Newbury 5, Southern Vt. 2
NC scored one run in each of the first three innings of game two with help from doubles by Kenyon and Humphries. The Nighthawks tacked up two more in the fourth in part by a Clark homer to put themselves ahead 5-0.
That score stood until the Mountaineers' final at bat when they tried for a late comeback. Fleming and sophomore left fielder Rachel Robtoy (Baltic Conn.) each tagged run-scoring singles, but that's all that SVC would muster as Newbury avoided the sweep.
Robtoy and Fleming each finished game two 2-3 at the bat with the run batted in, and senior center fielder Erika Garay (Walnut, Calif.) was 2-4 at the dish. Junior pitcher Hayley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.) and senior second baseman Kirstin Buchan (Albany, N.Y.) both scored a run for the Mountaineers.
Kenyon went 3-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk for NC, and sophomore center fielder Sheri Liggiero (Tewksbury, Mass.) was 3-4 with two runs scored.
Helping ease her earlier-day loss, Kenyon took the win from the rubber to improve to 9-10 while striking out four. McDonald was tapped for the loss (2-5) for SVC, recording five strikeouts on the afternoon.
Southern Vt. is back in action Tuesday when the Mountaineers visit State University of New York at Cobleskill for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference doubleheader. The Nighthawks visit Becker College Wednesday for a 3 p.m. NECC twin-bill for which Newbury will bat as the home team.