Softball Begins Season with 17-0, 16-2 Five-inning Losses to Nazareth, Curry

erin girard winds up for a pitch

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The 2018 Southern Vermont College softball season got off to a tough start as the Mountaineers fell 17-0 to Nazareth College and then 16-2 to Curry College Monday afternoon in a pair of games played at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

SVC (0-2) is back at it Tuesday morning with a 9 a.m. first pitch against SUNY Brockport and an 11 a.m. tilt against Salem State University at North Collier Regional Park in Naples.

Nazareth 17 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
The Golden Flyers chalked up some early crooked numbers with six runs in both the first and second innings. Nazareth extended its lead over the next two frames to put it out of reach for Southern Vermont.

Mountaineer senior catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) went 2-2 with the bat while freshman shortstop Emma Griffith (Halifax, Vt.) was 1-3 in her collegiate debut.

Southern Vermont senior righty Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) took the loss (0-1) from the circle with only six of her 17 runs allowed being earned.

Nazareth wasted no time in jumping ahead by touching home six times in the top of the first. The Golden Flyers notched another six in the second before retiring the SVC side in order in the bottom of the second and then the third.

Matthews and Griffith registered back-to-back singles in the fourth and moved up 60 feet on the first out of the frame, but they would be stranded in scoring position as NC got out of it. Nazareth then forced SVC to leave another two runners aboard in the fifth to secure the shutout victory.

Curry 16 – Southern Vermont 2 (5 inn.)
In Southern Vermont's second game of the day, Curry posted six runs in the home half of the first to stake a lead the Colonels would retain through the final out. They put up 10 in the third before the Mountaineers were able to record their first runs of the season with a pair in the top of the fifth.

SVC freshman third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) had a 2-3 showing at the plate with a run batted in while Wilson went 1-2 with a walk and a run scored. Sophomore second baseman Brooke Gates (Pittsfield, Mass.) was also 1-2 and scored the Mountaineers' first run of the contest.

Southern Vermont freshman right-hander Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) went three innings with the start—suffering the loss (0-1) in her first collegiate appearance.

A Rumrill single to center loaded the bases for the Mountaineers with one out in the top of the first, but Curry got out of the jam unscathed before tacking up six runs in the bottom of the box. SVC stranded a runner at first in each of the next three innings as CC used an explosive third to pad its cushion.

Gates led-off the fifth with a base knock to right; after Wilson worked a walk, both Mountaineer runners advanced on a dropped infield fly. Matthews followed with a run-scoring grounder to third, and Rumrill added an RBI single to center for Wilson to trot home from third. That would be it, however, as the Colonels got the final out of the day for their first win of the year.