MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Southern Vermont College softball team lost 12-4 in six innings Wednesday morning at the hands of the University of Rutgers-Newark in the Snowbird Softball Classic.
URN improves to 4-3 with the win while Southern Vermont drops to 2-3 on the season.
The Mountaineers were scheduled to play one more game Wednesday and two on Thursday in Myrtle Beach, all three of which had to be cancelled.
SVC senior first baseman Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, New York) went 1-2 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs for the Mountaineers, her hit being a home run. Classmate and right-hander Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, New York) was 1-3 with the additional run batted in while senior catcher Brianne Nichols (Albany, New York) and senior center fielder Erika Garay (Walnut, California) also went 1-3. Fleming suffered the loss from the circle (1-3) after going 5.2 innings with two strikeouts.
Southern Vermont wasted no time in taking an early lead, going up 2-0 after the top of the first. The Mountaineers added another in the third before Rutgers-Newark came back with two in the bottom of the frame. URN tallied one more in the fourth before opening up the game with an eight-run fifth. A final score in the sixth for the Scarlet Raiders put the game out of reach for SVC as the game was called.
Garay and Nichols used base hits to get aboard in the first before Jones launched her first homer of the year to left for the 3-0 SVC lead. The Mountaineers tacked up one more in the top of the third when Jones worked a walk and moved up to second on a Nichols single. The SVC senior went to third on a Newark error, and Fleming hit into a fielder's choice that saw the out recorded at third to score Jones for the 4-0 Southern Vermont advantage.
The Scarlet Raiders were able to put one up in the bottom of the third when a double allowed the lead-off single to come around and score. Rutgers-Newark added another in the fourth with a pair of two-out hits, and the home team then exploded for eight runs on nine hits, one being a home run, to go up 11-4 in the fifth. With SVC unable to close the deficit, URN scored the final run needed to end the game early as the Scarlet Raiders collected their fourth win of the season.
Next up for Southern Vermont is the team's New England Collegiate Conference opener next Saturday, March 28, as the Mountaineers visit Becker College for a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m.