Softball Topped 24-0 in Five, 11-2 by Newbury in NECC Action

shea wilson connects on a pitch

BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College went up against the top-standing team in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball standings Saturday afternoon with the Mountaineers falling 24-0 in five innings and then 11-2 to Newbury College at Willow Park.

Southern Vermont (4-16, 4-10 NECC) takes to the road on Sunday for its next league doubleheader—visiting Mitchell College for a pair set to begin at 12 p.m.

The Nighthawks (16-13, 12-1 NECC) are back in action on Monday when they resume an NECC tilt at Lesley University that was suspended in the top of the sixth on April 11 with the Lynx leading 5-2.

GAME 1: Newbury 24 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
The Nighthawks grabbed a quick four runs in the top of the first before adding another 15 in the next two frames. Newbury was able to keep the Mountaineers off the board through the final out while putting up another five in the fifth for the decisive victory.

SVC sophomore shortstop Lizzy Bench (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and junior left fielder Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) were both 1-3 in the game while freshman Brooke Gates (Pittsfield, Mass.) went 1-2 in the effort.

Newbury sophomore Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) turned in a 2-2 showing at the plate with both of her hits being home runs; she had three RBI's and five runs scores while working three walks in the game. Freshman left fielder Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.) went 5-5 from the batter's box with four runs batted in and another four runs scored, and sophomore right fielder Tina Babcock (Ayer, Mass.) was 2-3 with a walk, two RBI's and two runs scored.

NC freshman starting pitcher Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) struck out six in the win (7-9) while allowing just three hits in the shutout. SVC junior counterpart Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) took the loss (1-6) while notching one strikeout from the circle.

A two-run single started the day's scoring in the top of the first, and Gooden followed with an RBI hit to second. The Nighthawks put up seven runs in the next box with four hits—one being a Gooden run-scoring double to center as the visitors went on top 11-0.

SVC left a runner on base in the first two frames before Newbury opened it up in the third. A two-run homer by Sass capped an eight-run inning, and the Nighthawks would go on to walk out with the steady victory.

GAME 2: Newbury 11 – Southern Vermont 2
NC jumped on top quickly again in the top of the first of game two, and the visitors added two more in the third. SVC got one back in the fourth—only to see the Nighthawks cross the plate three times in the fifth. The squads traded solo scores in the sixth before Newbury added two runs in the seventh to finish off the sweep.

Wilson—who moved to the circle for the backend of the doubleheader—went 2-3 with two runs scored to support herself. Junior designated player Julia Florence (Salem, Mass.) was also 2-3 as she knocked in a run in the effort.

Six Nighthawks had multi-hit games with Gooden going 3-4 with three RBI's and two runs scored. Sass was 2-3 with a pair of walks, three runs scored, and a run batted in while sophomore Alexis Vieira (Pawtucket, R.I.) went 2-5 with three runs scored and another batted in; Sass's hits were a double and a home run as the sophomore continued her stellar day.

NC sophomore Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) struck out 11 batters in the win (8-5) as Wilson took the loss (3-10) while notching one strikeout from the rubber.

Sass tagged a solo home run in the top of the first, and Babcok followed with a two-run double to right for the 3-0 advantage. SVC put a pair of runners in scoring position in the bottom of the second, but Milauskas worked out of it to keep the hosts off the board.

Newbury added two runs in the third with the help of a Gooden RBI-single to center, and the 5-0 difference lasted into the bottom of the fourth. That's when SVC got across the dish as Florence sent a two-out single up the middle to score Wilson from second.

The Nighthawks answered right away by chalking up three runs on four hits in the fifth. Gooden tallied another RBI-single in the sixth, but Southern Vermont got it right back in the home half of the frame. Wilson got aboard with a single to the left side, and an NC miscue allowed her to score soon-after.

That would be it for the hosts, however as NC scored another two runs in the top of the seventh before retiring the SVC side in order in the bottom of the box for the win.