MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Southern Vermont College softball team split its pair of games in the Mountaineers' second day of action at the Snowbird Softball Classic in Myrtle Beach Tuesday, falling 2-1 in eight innings to Morrisville State College before topping Sarah Lawrence College 9-6 in the day-cap.
SVC is now 2-2 on the season with the share.
Morrisville 2, Southern Vermont 1 (8)
The Mountaineers' first game of the day was scoreless until the fifth when both teams put up one run. That tally stood through the seventh to force the extra inning, and Morrisville walked off with the win in the bottom half of the frame.
SVC senior Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, New York) went 2-4 at the plate with a run scored while junior second baseman Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Connecticut) was 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Senior center fielder Erika Garay (Walnut, California) and senior first baseman Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, New York) were both 1-3 with a walk in the effort.
Fleming was strapped with the loss (1-2) after giving up just the two runs, one earned, in the seven innings of work. She struck out nine Mustang batters in the outing.
Neither team could score until Robtoy's single to left in the top of the fifth put SVC on top 1-0. Morrisville answered with a fielder's choice ground out, and the stalemate stood until the eighth. After Southern Vermont was unable to put something on the board, the Mustangs saw a run-scoring single bring in the winning run for their second win of the season.
Southern Vermont 9, Sarah Lawrence 6
Sarah Lawrence took an early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first and added two more in the third for a 4-0 advantage. SVC answered with five in the bottom of the third to go ahead, adding another pair in both the fourth and fifth to go up 9-6 after the Gryphons had put up two in the top of the fifth. The next inning and a half was were scoreless as the tally stood for the Mountaineer win.
SVC senior third baseman Brianne Nichols (Albany, New York) led the team with a 2-2 showing at the plate, adding two walks, three RBIs and a run scored. Robtoy worked three walks, turning them all into runs, while Jones went 2-3 with a run batted in and another scored. Garay added a 1-3 game with a walk and two runs scored.
Mountaineer senior Kirstin Buchan (Troy, New York) picked up the win (1-0) from the circle after going just one inning in relief. Fleming, who had started the game on the rubber and then re-entered, earned the save while striking out four in the contest.
SLC went on the board in the top of the first with help from a Mountaineer fielding miscue, and the 2-0 score stood until the third when the Gryphons put up another pair on a single and a double steal. That's when Southern Vermont came back with five runs in the bottom of the third, first when Garay laid down a bunt that saw Sarah Lawrence throw the ball away for SVC to score. Nichols then hit a two-run single to right, and Buchan followed with a run-scoring ground out third. The final tally of the inning came when Fleming reached on a fielding error that allowed Jones to cross for the go-ahead run.
Southern Vermont added to its lead in the next inning with a pair of runs to open the gap. A wild pitch gave way for Robtoy to come across the dish, and Nichols then hit a single up the middle to bring in Garay. But SLC was able to cancel out those runs with two in the top of the fifth to make it a one-score game. The Mountaineers answered, however, with two in the bottom of the frame with help from a Gryphon mishap; a wild pitch allowed Robtoy to score from third, and Jones then hit a base knock to right for Robtoy to plate once more with the final run of the game that gave SVC its second win over the Gryphons in as many days.
The Mountaineers continue their stay in South Carolina Wednesday with a 9:30 a.m. game against University of Rutgers-Newark.