Becker Tops Softball 9-0, 17-6 in Pair of Shortened NECC Games

carissa bottisti throws the ball from the outfield

LEICESTER, Mass. – Southern Vermont College dropped a pair of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball contests at Russell Field Friday afternoon as the visiting Mountaineers fell 9-0 in six innings and then 17-6 in five innings to Becker College.

SVC (4-10, 4-6 NECC) finishes its busy, three-day stretch of league doubleheaders on Saturday when the Mountaineers host Lesley University at Willow Park with first pitch slated for 11:30 a.m.

GAME 1: Becker 9 – Southern Vermont 0 (6 inn.)
The hosts put up a lone run in the bottom of the second in game one of the twin bill, and that would prove to be all that the Hawks needed for their first win of the day. They added three in the fourth and another in the fifth to make it a 5-0 ballgame, and a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth made the separation large enough for the run rule to get invoked.

Southern Vermont sophomore shortstop Lizzy Bench (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and junior catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) were both 1-3 while freshman first baseman Carly Gillman (Stamford, Conn.) went 1-2 in the effort.

Mountaineer junior righty Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) struck out three Hawk batters while allowing four earned runs in the loss (3-6).

Bench opened the game with a single up the middle, and she would move into scoring position on a wild pitch. That's where she would get stranded, however, as Becker retired the next three Mountaineers to get into the dugout. SVC left a runner aboard in the top of the second, and the Hawks then tallied a run-scoring single with two down in the home half for the lead.

Becker put up three runs on three hits in the fourth, and the hosts added another on a ground out to short in the fifth. Bench would get stranded at second in the sixth before the Hawks tallied a run on an SVC mishap in the bottom of the sixth. That's when Becker recorded the walk-off three-run homer to take the day's opener.

GAME 2: Becker 17 – Southern Vermont 6 (5 inn.)
The Mountaineers claimed a slim 1-0 edge in the top of the first of game two, and they added three more in the second to go on top 4-0. Becker answered with three of its own in the bottom of the box before tacking up a crooked 10-spot in the third, and the hosts then touched the dish four more times in the fourth. SVC got two back in the top of the fifth, but it would fall far short from extending the game as the Hawks finished off the sweep.

Bench was 1-3 with a three-run home run, and Matthews went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Wilson had a 1-3 performance at the plate with two runs scored, and both Gillman and sophomore right fielder Carissa Bottisti (Amsterdam, N.Y.) were 2-3 with a run batted in. Freshman center fielder Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) added a 2-3 showing with a run scored for SVC.

Matthews tossed the first three innings in the circle for Southern Vermont—striking out two in the loss (1-4).

With two down in the top of the first, Wilson reached second with a Becker miscue. She advanced 60 feet on a wild pitch, and Matthews then brought her home with a single pulled to right.

After Matthews got Becker to strand a pair in the home half of the first, Southern Vermont put two aboard with one down in the second. Bench came through with a three-run jack to left—her fifth homer of the year putting the visitors in front 4-0.

The Hawks were able to answer with three of their own after loading the pond with two outs in the bottom of the second. A bases-clearing double to left cut it to a 4-3 lead for Southern Vermont, and Becker then used two doubles and a triple in the home half of the third to explode for 10 runs in the frame and a nine-run lead.

A Jarosz single to right in the fourth couldn't amount to anything for SVC, and the Hawks chalked up four runs on three hits in the bottom of the box. Wilson sent an 0-2 pitch back up the middle to lead-off the top of the fifth, and Matthews registered an ensuing double to the gap in right-center. Gillman came through with a run-scoring single sent right past second, and Bottisti kept the hits coming with an RBI-base hit to right for Matthews to trot home from third. That would be it for the visitors, however, as Becker got out of the inning without letting any more runs score for the early victory.