MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Southern Vermont College was clipped 10-3 Wednesday afternoon by Sarah Lawrence University at NMB Park in the Mountaineers' third day playing in the FastPitch Dreams/Snowbird Softball Spring Classic.
The Gryphons took to an early 3-0 lead before SVC cut into its deficit with a pair in the top of the third. Sarah Lawrence would then start pull away, however, going up 6-2 over its next two at bats. Southern Vermont tallied one more in the fifth, only to see the Gryphons tack up two in both the fifth and sixth innings to take a lead they would hold onto for the win.
The Mountaineers (0-4) conclude their stay in the Palmetto State on Thursday with their final two games of the Classic, lining up with Morrisville State College at 9:30 a.m. before taking on Albertus Magnus College at 1:30 p.m.
Southern Vermont senior second baseman Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.) was 3-3 at the plate with her first multi-hit game of the season, adding a walk, a run, and a stolen base to her line. Freshman shortstop Lizzy Bench (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and freshman first baseman Christina Moore (Wilmington, Vt.) tallied a pair of runs batted in with her 1-3 showing at the dish.
SVC freshman Taylor Blake (West Charleston, Vt.) suffered the loss from the circle (0-2), striking out two Gryphon batters on the day.
Robtoy and Bench tallied back-to-back singles in the top of the first and moved up 60 feet when they tagged up on a fly out to center, but they would be stranded in scoring position as the Gryphons were able to get back into the dugout. That's when SLU jumped on top, scoring three runs on four hits to gain the upper hand.
The second inning would be scoreless before Southern Vermont took to the board with a pair in the third. Robtoy got on with a bunt single and moved up a base with Bench's second base knock, and a two-out wild pitch then advanced the runners. They would come in to score two batters later as Moore sent one out to left for both Mountaineers to touch home and make it a 3-2 ballgame.
Sarah Lawrence was quick to respond, registering a two-out run to go back in front by a pair. After SVC went down in order in the top of the fourth, SLU added two more on three hits and a pair of Southern Vermont miscues to go ahead 6-2.
The Mountaineers fought to stay in it, crossing the plate once again in the fifth to keep pace. Freshman third baseman Kayla Emmi (Syracuse, N.Y.) worked a walk to start the inning, and another base on balls to Robtoy put two runners on the pond for SVC. A double steal sent both Mountaineers into scoring position, and a Bench ground out to second gave way for Emmi to come home and set the score at 6-3.
The Gryphons had an answer once again, however, as they came to bat in the bottom of the box and tacked up two more. SLU then retired the Southern Vermont side in order in the top of the sixth and extended its separation with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame. Robtoy tagged a two-out double to the gap in left center as SVC attempted to stage a comeback in the seventh, but Sarah Lawrence was able to close it out with a final pop up to second.