MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Southern Vermont College softball team kicked off its 2015 season with its annual spring break trip to the Snowbird Softball Classic in Myrtle Beach, splitting the day to start the year 1-1.
SVC fell 7-0 to Albright College in the early contest before downing Sarah Lawrence College 13-5 in five innings for the Mountaineers' first win of the season.
Albright 7, Southern Vermont 0
The Lions jumped on top quickly with a pair of runs in the first and never looked back. Albright added another in the third, one more in the fifth and three runs in the sixth en route to its second victory of the year.
SVC junior second baseman Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Connecticut) registered her team's only hit on a 1-3 showing at the plate while senior catcher Brianne Nichols (Albany, New York) worked a walk. Senior right-hander Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, New York) suffered the loss (0-1), striking out three from the circle.
Southern Vermont 13, Sarah Lawrence 5 (5 inn.)
The Mountaineers scored once in the top of the first to take an early lead, but the Gryphons responded with four in the bottom half of the inning to go ahead. SVC added one in the third and another two in the fourth to tie the game at 4-4, but SLC tacked on one more in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead. That's when the Mountaineers hung a crooked nine on the board to end the game early.
SVC senior Kirstin Buchan (Troy, New York) went 1-2 with a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored while classmate Erika Garay (Walnut, California) was 1-3 with a walk, two RBIs, two stolen bases, and three runs scored out of the lead-off position. Robtoy went 1-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs while senior left fielder Michelle Flores (Pico Rivera, California) was 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs on an inside-the-park home run. Fleming took the win from the rubber (1-1), giving up just one run on three hits in four innings of work; she struck out six in the outing.
Nichols used a sacrifice bunt to squeeze home Garay for the first run of the game before the Gryphons tallied their four to go on top. Robtoy struck out to lead-off the third, but she was able to take off for first as the ball found the dirt and beat the play to the bag. A walk and a wild pitch moved her up to third, and the junior then scored when Buchan knocked a sacrifice fly out to center.
SVC cut the Sarah Lawrence lead to 4-3 in the fourth with a pair of runs, the first coming when Garay singled to third to drive in Jones. Garay then came around to score on a Nichols single to short to make it a one-run game. SLC bumped it back to a two-run difference in the following frame, but that's when Southern Vermont exploded with nine runs to all-but-end it.
With the bases loaded, Garay worked a walk to force Buchan in, and Robtoy followed with a two-run single down the right field line to give SVC the lead. Garay would score on a wild pitch before a Fleming single through the left side scored Robtoy. Nichols subsequently scored on a Buchan double to left before Flores knocked a ball to right that skipped away from the outfielder towards the foul territory fence. The speedy senior got on her horse and completed the round trip, scoring for the home run in just her second collegiate softball game. Fleming made quick work of the Gryphons in the bottom of the fifth, retiring the side in order to seal the victory.
The Mountaineers are back at it Tuesday with a 9:30 a.m. game against Morrisville State College and an 11:30 a.m. rematch with Sarah Lawrence.