Softball Clipped 9-0 (5 inn.), 5-1 at Skidmore in Non-league Play

julia florence takes a throw at first base

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Southern Vermont College softball team played its second doubleheader in as many days Monday, falling 9-0 in five innings and then 5-1 to Skidmore College in non-conference action at Wagner Park.

SVC (0-6) is slated to next host Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Thursday for Opening Day and a 3 p.m. non-league first pitch at Willow Park.

GAME 1: Skidmore 9 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 innings)
Skidmore crossed the plate four times in the bottom of the second in game one, and the Thoroughbreds added one more in the third. The hosts then chalked up another four runs in the fourth before keeping SVC scoreless in the fifth to end the opener.

Five Mountaineers registered a hit in the game including junior Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) and freshman center fielder Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) who both had a double.

Junior pitcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) had a hit while striking out four Skidmore batters in four innings from the circle during the loss (0-2).

Wilson would be stranded at second after tagging a two-out double to right-center in the top of the first, but SVC was able to get Skidmore to leave a runner at third in the home half of the frame. The Thoroughbreds then put up four runs in the second for a lead they would sustain through the end.

The hosts added one in the third before getting an inning-ending double play in the fourth. Skidmore then tallied four runs with a pair of doubles in the bottom of the box to push the difference past eight. Jarosz doubled to right-center with two down in the fifth to put a pair of Mountaineers in scoring position, but the Thoroughbreds worked out of it to take the front end of the twin bill.

GAME 2: Skidmore 5 – Southern Vermont 1
Southern Vermont tacked up a quick lead with one in the first inning of the second game, and that edge stood until the third when Skidmore pulled ahead with three runs in the bottom of the frame. The hosts added two more in the fourth and were able to keep SVC off the board the rest of the way to finish off the sweep.

Sophomore designated player Carissa Bottisti (Amsterdam, N.Y.) went 2-3 for the Mountaineers while freshman left fielder Sarah Billow (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) was 1-3 with an RBI. Wilson was 1-3 with a run scored, and both Matthews and Jarosz added hits in the effort.

Wilson took to the rubber for game two and struck out one while going six innings in the loss (0-4).

With two down in the top of the first, Wilson tagged a single through the left side to get aboard. Matthews followed with a double to right-center, and a Billow base hit came through with an ensuing single to bring home her pitcher for the 1-0 lead.

Wilson got Skidmore to strand a runner at second in both the first and second innings, but the hosts were able to push three runners across the dish in the third to grab the advantage. The Thoroughbreds followed with two runs in the fourth, and they kept Southern Vermont from cutting its deficit in the late going to complete the sweep.