NAPLES, Fla. – Southern Vermont College dropped a pair of non-conference softball contests at North Collier Regional Park Tuesday with the Mountaineers falling 16-2 to SUNY Brockport and then 11-1 to Salem State University—both in five-inning tilts.
SVC (0-4) is back in Naples on Wednesday for its next two games as the Mountaineers take on Knox College at 9 a.m. and then Blackburn College at 11 a.m.
Brockport 16 – Southern Vermont 2 (5 inn.)
The Golden Eagles ran out to a fast upper hand with eight runs in the top of the first. They added six more in the next frame before SVC got one back in the home half of both the second and third. The Mountaineers' offense would fall short, however, while Brockport's added another two insurance runs in the fifth to secure the comfortable victory.
Southern Vermont sophomore shortstop Sarah Billow (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) went 2-3 at the dish with a run scored while both freshman third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) and junior right fielder Carissa Bottisti (Amsterdam, N.Y.) were 1-3 with an RBI.
SVC senior righty Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) tossed all five innings from the circle—striking out two in the loss (0-2).
Brockport got rolling and rallied for a crooked eight in the top of the first before extending the difference with another six runs in the second. Southern Vermont went on the board in the home half of the frame after Billow got on base with a lead-off single and moved around to third; Bottisti put the bat on the ball and rolled one down to first—making way for Billow to head in and touch the plate.
SVC put up another solo run in the third with the help of a double down the line in left by senior left fielder Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.). That hit had moved freshman catcher Emma Griffith (Halifax, Vt.) from first to third, and she then trotted home on a Rumrill single through the right side. Brockport would get the Mountaineers to strand a pair of runners, however, and then kept Southern Vermont away from the dish the rest of the way while getting the two runs back in the fifth.
Salem State 11 – Southern Vermont 1 (5 inn.)
The Mountaineers' second matchup was tightly contested through the first three innings with one-run frames leading to a 2-1 Salem State edge going into the bottom of the fourth. That's when the Viking bats opened up, however, to post nine scores and take a lead large enough for the game to end via run rule after SVC's trip to the plate in the fifth.
Wilson went 1-2 with a walk and a run scored while freshman first baseman Tessa Sheades (Coventry, Conn.) worked an RBI walk in the first.
Mountaineer freshman right-handed pitcher Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) took the loss (0-2) from the rubber after going the first 3.1 innings with the ball.
SVC was patient from the batter's box in the early-going—working three walks in the top of the first to have Wilson come in from third and give the Mountaineers the quick upper hand. Salem State got it back in the home half with a squeeze play, and the Vikings then pulled ahead in the second with a first-and-third delayed double steal.
Salem State found its defensive groove—retiring the last 10 Mountaineers who came to the plate. Meanwhile, SSU exploded for nine runs in the fourth, with help from a pair of doubles, to stake the advantage needed to end the game ahead of schedule.
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