Softball Bested 14-1 in Five by MCLA, Game Two Washed Out

taylor jarosz fields the ball in the outfield

BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College softball team fell 14-1 in five innings to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at Willow Park Wednesday afternoon before game two of the non-conference doubleheader was called off as the rain started to come down in a heavier fashion.

The Trailblazers got two runs in the top of the first before SVC came back with a lone score in the home half of the frame. MCLA followed with five in the second and three in the fourth for a comfortable upper hand, and the visitors then tacked on another four to help put it away early.

After evaluating the radar map and conferring with the umpires, the coaches decided to forgo starting the backend of the twin bill.

SVC (4-13) is right back in action on Thursday with a non-league doubleheader at Castleton University—first pitch slated for 3:30 p.m. MCLA (5-20) is off until Saturday when the Trailblazers resume Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a 1 p.m. pair at Bridgewater State University.

Southern Vermont sophomore shortstop Lizzy Bench (St. Petersburg, Fla.) was 1-1 with a pair of walks and a run scored while junior catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) worked a walk for the RBI.

MCLA freshman righty Morgan Watson (Portland, Ore.) was 4-4 with two RBI's and a run scored to help herself while sophomore third baseman Chelsea Coleman (Brookfield, Conn.) went 3-4 with four runs batted in and another two runs scored. Freshman shortstop Kayla Baker (Shrewsbury, Mass.) had a 3-4 showing of her own with three runs scored, and freshman second baseman Erika Quackenbush (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) turned in a 2-3 performance with the stick while working a walk, scoring four times and batting in a run.

Watson picked up the win (3-9) from the circle as she struck out eight Mountaineer batters through the complete game. SVC junior righty Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) suffered the loss (3-8) while striking out a pair.

A Quackenbush double to the gap in right with one down in the top of the first scored Baker from first, and the second Trailblazer run came across to score two batters later with a single into right.

Southern Vermont cut its deficit in half in the ensuing box after loading the bases with no outs. Matthews worked the walk to allow Bench to trot home and make it a 2-1 ballgame.

MCLA bumped its separation up to six in the top of the second with five runs on four hits. Watson turned a lead-off double into the first run of the inning, and a double steal then brought home the second score. After a fielding miscue made it 5-1, Coleman raked a ground-rule double for Quackenbush to touch the dish.

SVC only got one runner aboard through its next two at-bats, and the Trailblazers then tacked up three in the fourth. A Coleman single to right-center scored Baker from second with no outs, and Quackenbush then took off on a throw from third to first to beat the play at the plate on a ground out. Watson followed with a two-out double down the line in right for Coleman to score and put her team up by nine.

The Mountaineers went down in order in the bottom of the fourth, and a two-run Coleman homer to straight-away center helped the Trailblazers extend their separation. A Bench walk would turn into a stranded runner in the last frame as MCLA's run difference was large enough to finish it ahead of schedule.