MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Southern Vermont College softball team opened up its 2016 season Monday afternoon with its first of six games to be played in the FastPitch Dreams/ Snowbird Softball Spring Classic, falling 20-2 in five innings to Keystone College.
The Mountaineers (0-1) went down 7-0 after the bottom of the first, and KC then padded its lead the rest of the way to take the victory.
SVC returns to action on Tuesday with a pair of morning starts in Myrtle Beach, first taking on the University of Wisconsin-Stout at 9:30 a.m. before squaring off with Rutgers University-Camden at 11:30 a.m.
Southern Vermont junior left fielder Amber Dow (Vergennes, Vt.) went 2-2 in her first-ever collegiate softball game, adding an RBI to her line in the effort. Sophomore catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) was 1-3 at the dish in her opening appearance as a Mountaineer while knocking in a run as well. Freshman third baseman Kayla Emmi (Syracuse, N.Y.) worked a walk and turned it into a run, and freshman Christina Moore (Wilmington, Vt.) turned in a 1-3 showing at the plate with another run scored.
Freshman righty Taylor Blake (West Charleston, Vt.) suffered the loss from the circle (0-1) after striking out two Giant batters in her collegiate debut.
The Mountaineers were able to get a runner on board in each the first and second innings of the game but could not move the runners around to score as they were both stranded at first. Keystone grabbed an early 7-0 lead with the crooked number in the first, then padding its advantage in the second with six more.
KC notched two runs in the bottom of the third to go in front 15-0 before Southern Vermont got on the board. With two outs, Moore knocked a single into left field and moved up to second on an error by the Giants. A passed ball sent both Mountaineers into scoring position, and Dow then poked a single to right field to bring around the first SVC run of the season.
Keystone came right back with five runs in the fourth, making its separation large enough to end the game via run rule if Southern Vermont wasn't to cut the deficit down to seven or less. The Mountaineers made a push to extend the game, Emmi working a two-out walk to get on base before she moved around to third on a KC miscue. Matthews tagged a single out to center for Emmi to scoot home, but that would be all for Southern Vermont as the Giants were able to get a final strikeout to put the game away.