WESTON, Mass. — Southern Vermont College dropped a pair of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball matchups at Regis College Thursday afternoon, falling 8-0 and 9-1 at Regis Field in two games that were ended in the bottom of the fifth.
The hosting Pride took an early lead with two runs in the first inning of game one before adding a run in the fourth and another five in the fifth to walk off with their first victory.
Southern Vermont then took the quick upper hand with a run in the top of the first in the nightcap, holding that edge until RC tacked up four in the third and then five in the fifth to finish off the sweep.
Next up for the Mountaineers (3-15, 3-7 NECC) is a Saturday road trip to Lesley University, first pitch of the NECC doubleheader to be played at Lasell College set for 2 p.m.
GAME 1: Regis 8 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
SVC was stifled by solid Regis pitching in the opener, being held to just one hit that came off the bat of senior captain Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.). Bennington College sophomore Caroline Adams (Lakeville, Mass.) suffered the loss (1-4) from the circle for the Mountaineers.
Southern Vermont freshman Lizzy Bench (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) got aboard via an RC error in the top of the first, but she would be stranded on base as Regis got out of the frame. The Pride then registered a two-run double in the bottom of the inning to take a lead they would not give up.
With the score still at 2-0 going into the fourth, Robtoy led-off the inning with a base hit to right. She advanced 60 feet when she tagged up on a Bench fly out, and a throwing error by the Pride defense then put SVC runners at the corners with just the one down. Regis got out of the box unscathed, however, as the hosts finished off the side before tacking up another run in the home half of the frame.
After Southern Vermont was retired in the top of the fifth, RC pushed the necessary five runs across the dish for the eight-run advantage that invoked the run rule.
GAME 2: Regis 9 – Southern Vermont 1 (5 inn.)
SVC sophomore captain Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) and freshman Christina Moore (Wilmington, Vt.) were both 1-for-2 in the second matchup of the day while freshman Kayla Emmi (Syracuse, N.Y.) worked a walk and turned it into a run scored. Matthews took the loss (2-5) from the pitching rubber, striking out four in the appearance.
Emmi started the game with her base on balls, moving up to second on a Robtoy sacrifice bunt. Matthews' single to short placed Mountaineers at first and third, and a wild pitch then gave way for Emmi to touch home with the game's opening run.
Southern Vermont threatened to add to its slim upper hand in the third, getting runners to second and third in the top of the frame with the help of two RC fielding errors. A strikeout would end the inning, however, for Regis to maintain its 1-0 deficit. The hosts were then able to take over the advantage, scoring four times in the third to go up by three.
Moore singled through the left side of the infield to lead-off the fourth, but she would be retired on the next at bat as Regis recorded three straight outs to finish the frame. Still up 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, RC then scored five times once again to get the eight-run separation for the game to end ahead of schedule.