MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Southern Vermont College softball team concluded its annual spring trip to South Carolina on Thursday, falling 13-2 to Morrisville State College and 14-0 to Albertus Magnus College in a pair of 5-inning contests played in the FastPitch Dreams/Snowbird Softball Spring Classic at NMB Park.
Morrisville went on top quickly in the morning matchup, holding the Mountaineers off the scoreboard until the fourth inning; the Mustangs kept scoring into the fifth to close out the shortened victory. Albertus Magnus then went up 6-0 in the afternoon at the end of the second inning, and the Falcons would put up an eight-spot in the third to put the game out of reach for SVC.
Southern Vermont (0-6) is now off until Tuesday, March 22 when the Mountaineers begin New England Collegiate Conference play with a doubleheader at Regis College slated to start at 5 p.m.
GAME 1: Morrisville 13 – Southern Vermont 2 (5 inn.)
Morrisville grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first before going up 9-0 after its turn to bat in the fourth. SVC got on the board with one in the home half of the fourth but could only manage to tack up one more in the fifth as the Mustangs' separation was large enough to end the game early.
Mountaineer sophomore catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) went 3-3 at the plate with a run scored and two RBIs, tagging her first collegiate home run in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman third baseman Kayla Emmi (Syracuse, N.Y.) was 1-3 with a run scored, and freshman pitcher Taylor Blake (West Charleston, Vt.) was 1-1 at the plate with a walk to get on base twice.
Blake suffered the loss from the circle for SVC (0-3).
The Mustangs jumped out to a quick lead, putting up three runs with two hits and the help of two Southern Vermont fielding mishaps in the top of the first. SVC stranded a runner on base in each of the first two innings while Morrisville added another run to go ahead 4-0 after the second.
The separation grew in the third as the Mustangs notched three more runs and then retired the Mountaineer side in order. Morrisville went up 9-0 after the top of the fourth before Southern Vermont took to the scoreboard. Matthews came to the plate to lead-off the home half of the inning and tallied her homer for her second hit of the day.
Morrisville answered to extend its lead in the top of the fifth, recording four runs for the sizable advantage. Needed to get its deficit below eight to keep the game going, SVC came to the plate and attempted to cut into the Mustang upper hand. Emmi got aboard with a one-out single and moved up a base when senior second baseman Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.) followed with one of her own. Matthews was able to knock in Emmi with a two-out single, but Morrisville then got the final out of the game on a grounder to short to cap the victory.
GAME 2: Albertus Magnus 14 – Southern Vermont 0
The Falcons went up 1-0 after the first inning before notching five in the second to gain some distance. AMC then chalked up eight in the third to grab a commanding lead that it would carry through the final out.
Blake was 1-1 at the dish while Matthews worked a walk to get aboard. SVC was held to just the one hit on the afternoon by the strong Falcon pitching.
Matthews took the loss from the circle (0-3), giving up just three earned runs in 2.1 innings with the start.
After Albertus Magnus notched its lone run in the bottom of the first, Matthews took her base on balls to lead-off the second and moved up 60 feet with a ground out back to the pitcher. The Mountaineer sophomore advanced another base on a wild pitch, but she would be stranded at third as the Falcons worked the last two outs to end the frame.
AMC tallied five runs in the bottom of the second and eight more in the third, allowing just one SVC runner to reach base through the fourth. Blake registered a two-out single to right in the top of the fifth, only to move no further as Albertus Magnus closed out the inning to finish off the shortened win.