LONGMEADOW, Mass. — The Southern Vermont College softball team dropped a pair of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) contests at Bay Path University Wednesday afternoon, falling 10-0 and then 13-1 in a pair of five-inning games.
The hosting Wildcats chalked up runs in the bottom of the first in both matchups to take leads they would not relinquish. BPU extended its separation in each game for the run rule to come into effect and wrap up the pair ahead of schedule.
Southern Vermont (3-13, 3-5 NECC) turns right around to hit the road again on Thursday, traveling to Regis College for an NECC twin bill set to begin at 3 p.m.
GAME 1: Bay Path 10 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
The Wildcats tallied three runs in the bottom of the second and then padded their lead with one in the third. Another six BPU scores in the fourth gave the hosts a sizable advantage that was good enough to close out the game after SVC's turn to bat in the fifth.
Mountaineer freshman Lizzy Bench (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) was 1-for-2 in the game with a double, marking her third straight game with an extra base hit. Sophomore Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) and freshman Christina Moore (Wilmington, Vt.) were also both 1-for-2 in the contest.
Bennington College sophomore Caroline Adams (Lakeville, Mass.) suffered the loss (1-4) from the circle for SVC, striking out three Wildcat batters in the effort.
Bench knocked her double in the top of the first with two outs, only to be stranded at second before Bay Path put up three runs in the bottom of the box. Moore got on with a one-out single in the second, but she would then move no further as BPU got out of the inning once again.
The Wildcats tacked up another run in the third before Bench got on base for a second time in the fourth with a lead-off error by the Bay Path first baseman. Matthews followed with a single to get two Mountaineer runners on the pond, only to see BPU record three straight outs to keep SVC off the board. Bay Path then opened its lead up to 10 with six runs in the home half of the fourth, and the hosts closed out the game with a 1-2-3 fifth in the field.
GAME 2: Bay Path 13 – Southern Vermont 1 (5 inn.)
BPU scored five times in the bottom of the first in game two before the Mountaineers crossed home once in the second. Bay Path padded its cushion with a crooked-eight in the bottom of the box, and that 13-1 tally would then hold until the final out in the fifth.
Bench went 2-for-3 in the outing to extend her hitting streak to five games while Matthews extended hers to a team-leading seven games with a 1-for-3 showing at the dish. Junior Amber Dow (Vergennes, Vt.) was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored, and senior Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.), senior Michelle Flores (Pico Rivera, Calif.), and freshman Kayla Emmi (Syracuse, N.Y.) all tallied hits in the day-cap.
Matthews went to the circle, striking out three in the loss (2-4).
Emmi got aboard with a single to start the game, only to see Bay Path notch three straight outs to end the inning. The Wildcats then put up a five-spot to once again take the early upper hand. Southern Vermont got one back in the top of the second after Dow started the frame with her double. Moore would get plunked in the next at bat, and a Bay Path error then made way for Dow to come around from second to score.
BPU tacked up eight more in the second, taking a comfortable lead it would carry to victory. Robtoy, Bench, and Matthews teamed up to tally three straight one-out singles in the third, but Bay Path was able to get out of the jam with an inning-ending double play. Neither side could get a runner past second the rest of the way as the Wildcats finished off the sweep.