NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Southern Vermont College fell in a pair of non-conference softball contests at Mass. College of Liberal Arts' Zavattaro Field Thursday afternoon, being downed 10-0 and then 15-0 with both games ending after the top of the fifth.
MCLA tacked up four runs in the bottom of the second in the twin bill's opener before adding six more in the fourth to take a lead big enough to invoke the run rule. The hosting Trailblazers then went on top right away in game two with three in the first, adding onto their advantage with five more through the next two frames to pull away.
Southern Vermont (0-10) is next in action on Saturday with its Opening Day at Bennington's Willow Park, hosting Becker College for a New England Collegiate Conference doubleheader set to start at 12 p.m.
GAME 1: MCLA 10 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
Neither team pushed one across the plate in the first game of the afternoon until the Trailblazers notched four in the home half of the second. That separation stood until the fourth when the hosts put up six more before their starting pitcher finished off a five-inning no-hitter to end the game ahead of schedule.
SVC senior captain Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.) worked a walk to start the game, but that would be the last batter that MCLA allowed to reach safely in its first win of the day.
Mountaineer freshman Taylor Blake (West Charleston, Vt.) suffered the loss from the circle (0-5), just one of her 10 runs allowed being earned.
GAME 2: MCLA 15 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
MCLA jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning of the day-cap before doubling its upper hand in the second. The Trailblazers chalked up two more in the third and then used a seven-run fourth to take a comfortable cushion that would serve to end the contest early.
Robtoy was 2-3 at the dish in the effort while four other Mountaineers tallied a hit in game two.
Bennington College sophomore Caroline Adams (Lakeville, Mass.) took the loss for SVC (0-2) as she struck out one Trailblazer with the start in the circle.
Robtoy led-off the game with a single to third, and a two-out base hit to short by sophomore catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) put runners at second and third after she moved up into scoring position. MCLA was able to get out of the jam, however, to have its turn to bat and notch three runs in the bottom of the inning for the lead.
After the Trailblazers went up 6-0 in the second, Robtoy doubled to center to get on base for the second time of the game. Freshman shortstop Lizzy Bench (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) put runners at the corners with a single out to center field, but MCLA was able to once again end the frame unscathed before going in front 8-0 with a pair in the bottom of the inning.
SVC junior Amber Dow (Vergennes, Vt.) started the fourth with a single to third, only to see the hosts record three straight outs to retire the side. The Trailblazers tagged on seven more in the bottom of the box to give the Mountaineers one final chance in the fifth. Freshman Kayla Emmi (Syracuse, N.Y.) poked one out to right to start the inning, but MCLA closed out the game with a pair of infield ground outs and a final pop up to second for the sweep.