Softball Topped 9-1 (5 inn.), 15-1 (5 inn.) in NECC Pair at Newbury

Softball Topped 9-1 (5 inn.), 15-1 (5 inn.) in NECC Pair at Newbury

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Southern Vermont College concluded its Boston-area road trip Sunday afternoon at Newbury College, going down 9-1 and then 15-1 in five-inning games played at Pine Manor College.

SVC put up a run in the top of the first in game one, only to see the Nighthawks respond with one of their own in the home half of the box. NC then crossed the plate five times in the third before adding another two in the fourth. Newbury got the necessary run in the bottom of the fifth to finish off the game via run rule.

NC grabbed two in the first inning of the nightcap and opened it up to a 12-0 lead after the third. The Nighthawks tallied three more in the fourth before Southern Vermont was able to scratch across just its one run in the fifth.

SVC (3-19, 3-11 NECC) is back in action on Wednesday, hosting Becker College for a 3 p.m. NECC doubleheader.

GAME 1: Newbury 9 – Southern Vermont 1 (5 inn.)
Mountaineer sophomore captain Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) was 2-for-3 in the opener while freshman Lizzy Bench (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Sophomore Chloe Longe (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) tallied a 2-for-2 performance at the dish in the effort.

Bennington College sophomore Caroline Adams (Lakeville, Mass.) suffered the loss (1-8) from the pitching rubber for Southern Vermont.

Bench reached base on a two-out Nighthawk error in the top of the first, and another fielding miscue by Newbury then allowed her to come around and score the first run of the day. The SVC lead didn't last long as Newbury came right back to even the score with one of its own in the bottom of the frame.

Longe and freshman Molly Madore (Higganum, Conn.) recorded back-to-back singles in the second with one down, but NC was able to get out of the inning to preserve the tie. SVC would strand a runner on base in the third before the Nighthawks chalked up five runs on four hits. Longe got a one-out single in the top of the fourth before senior Michelle Flores (Pico Rivera, Calif.) worked a walk to get a pair onboard for the Mountaineers. Newbury would prevent SVC from crossing the plate, however, and then added to its lead with two runs in the home half of the inning to go in front 8-1.

After SVC left a runner on in the fifth, NC pushed the difference to eight with a lone run in the home half to finish off the first win.

GAME 2: Newbury 15 – Southern Vermont 1 (5 inn.)
Southern Vermont freshman Kayla Emmi (Syracuse, N.Y.) went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in the nightcap while Longe and freshman Christina Moore (Wilmington, Vt.) were both also 1-for-2. Senior captain Rachel Robtoy (Baltic, Conn.) was 1-for-3 in the effort, and Flores scored the Mountaineer run.

Matthews was issued the loss (2-7) from the circle as she struck out one Nighthawk batter.

Newbury got SVC to go down in order in the top of the first before tallying two runs in the home half of the frame for the lead. Moore and Longe notched back-to-back singles in the second, but the Nighthawks worked out of it and then added five runs to their upper hand.

Emmi worked a one-out walk in the top of the third and moved up to second on the next at bat, only to be stranded there as NC got the third out in the air. Newbury then put up five more in the bottom of the inning and tallied a 1-2-3 top of the fourth.

NC padded its cushion with another two runs in the fourth to take a comfortable advantage. Flores walked with one out in the fifth before moving up to second with a ground out to third. Emmi then came up and tallied a run-scoring single, bringing Flores around from second. Robtoy followed with a base hit to put a pair on, but that would be it for SVC as a final pop out to short concluded the Nighthawks' sweep.