CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Southern Vermont College tallied 12-0 and 20-1 wins over Pine Manor College Friday afternoon, both in five innings, for a non-conference doubleheader sweep at PMC Softball Field.
SVC (9-12) senior pitcher Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) held Pine Manor (2-18) to just two hits in the opener before the Mountaineers put up a season-high 20 runs to cap the day.
The wins are the first for the Southern Vermont in 12 all-time meetings with the Gators. Friday was also the first time the two teams has lined up since 2006.
SVC now sets it sights on a pair of pivotal weekend New England Collegiate Conference series that will determine whether or not the Mountaineers play in the postseason; the first doubleheader is Saturday at Mitchell College with start time slated for 1 p.m.
GAME 1: Southern Vermont 12, Pine Manor 0 (5 inn.)
The visitors put up six runs in the top of the second for a 9-0 lead, adding one in the third and another pair in the fifth to end the first game early.
Fleming went 2-3 at the plate with a walk and two runs scored, tallying an inside the park grand slam in the Mountaineers' big inning. Senior catcher Kirstin Buchan (Troy, N.Y.) went 3-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored while junior center fielder Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.) was 1-2 with two walks and three runs scored out of the lead-off spot. Senior shortstop Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) had a 1-2 showing with a walk, two runs batted in and two runs scored, and senior first baseman Hayley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.) was 2-3 with a pair of RBIs at the plate.
Fleming struck out 10 Gators, giving up no earned runs on just two hits and no walks to collect her fourth win of the year from the circle (4-8). She had a stretch midway through the game in which the righty struck out seven straight Pine Manor batters.
Robtoy started the game with a walk and stole second to get into scoring position with no outs. Senior third baseman Brianne Nichols (Albany, N.Y.) followed with a run-scoring single, providing what proved to be all the support that Fleming would need. Buchan then tallied a two-run single for SVC to take a 3-0 lead to the second.
With two outs and runners at second and third, Jones worked a walk to load the pond for Fleming; she tagged one to the outfield and motored around the diamond, registering her third home run of the year while clearing the bases. Buchan hit an ensuing double to extend the inning, and another single preceded McDonald knocking in two runs for the big 9-0 Mountaineer advantage.
After Fleming struck out the Pine Manor side in the bottom of the second, Southern Vermont added another run when Jones hit a sacrifice fly to left. The SVC senior hurler returned to the circle and again sat down the Gator side by way of the K. She would carry her perfect outing into the fourth, retiring the first two batter she faced in the frame before PMC registered its first base runner of the day.
Jones hit a two-out triple in the top of the fifth to plate Robtoy, and Buchan notched an RBI-single for the eventual 12-0 victory. PMC led-off the bottom of the inning with its second hit, but Fleming retired the next three batters to finish off the shutout.
GAME 2: Southern Vermont 20, Pine Manor 1 (5 inn.)
The Gators took an early lead with a lone run in the first, but SVC answered with six in the second before scoring 13 more runs over the next two frames. One more tally in the fifth gave way for the big win and sweep of the twin bill.
Fleming continued to have a great day at the plate, falling a homer shy of the cycle with a 3-5 showing while knocking in five runs and scoring two more. McDonald was 3-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, and sophomore second baseman Lissa Marie Soler (Yonkers, N.Y.) went 3-4 with two runs batted in and one run scored. Senior center fielder Erika Garay (Walnut, Calif.) had a 2-4 showing at the plate with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored while Robtoy, who moved to play short, was 1-3 with three walks, two RBIs and three runs scored.
McDonald picked up the win from the rubber even out her season record (4-4), striking out nine while giving up just the one run on four hits and no walks.
SVC couldn't score in the first before a two-out double in the home half of the frame put Pine Manor on top with the marginal lead. It wouldn't last long, however, as the Mountaineers tacked up six runs in the second. A pair of singles put two Southern Vermont runners aboard before a Gator miscue plated the first SVC run. Robtoy worked a walk with the bases loaded, and a fielder's choice made it a 3-1 game. Fleming then hit a run-scoring single, and senior left fielder Michelle Flores (Pico Rivera, Calif.) added a two-out single that plated another pair for the crooked number.
Southern Vermont wasn't in the field for long as McDonald struck out the side in order to end the second. The visitors then came back to the plate and tallied another seven runs to open up the game in the top of the third. With two runners on, Fleming ripped a triple to put her team ahead 9-1, and Buchan, Soler and Garay would all register run-scoring singles through the frame for the comfortable 13-1 cushion.
Another six-run inning ensued in the fourth for the Mountaineers, Fleming capping the scoring with a two-out double that plated a pair. A fielder's choice brought in SVC's 20th run in the last frame as McDonald recorded her second 1-2-3 inning of the game to close out the sweep.