Softball Clipped 21-0 in Five, 7-1 at Elms

mackenzie rumrill throws the ball

CHICOPEE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College fell to Elms College in a pair of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball contests Condon Field Saturday afternoon as the visitors dropped the opener 21-0 in five innings before getting topped 7-1 in the backend of the twin bill.

Next up for the Mountaineers (1-17, 1-5) is a Tuesday non-conference doubleheader at SUNY Cobleskill; start time is slated for 3:30 p.m.

GAME 1: Elms 21 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
The Blazers chalked up seven runs in the bottom of the second before a cooked 11-spot in the third allowed EC to end the game ahead of schedule and walk out with a win in the opener.

SVC freshman catcher Emma Griffith (Halifax, Vt.) was 1-2 with a double while freshman third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) went 1-1 with a walk and a double of her own.

Mountaineer senior righty Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) took the loss (0-9) from the circle while striking out five on the afternoon.

Southern Vermont stranded a runner on base in each of the first four innings while Elms built a sizable upper hand with some solid swinging; EC totaled 15 hits in game one with five of those going for two bases. SVC went down in order in the top of the fifth for the run rule to be invoked and end the contest early.

GAME 2: Elms 7 – Southern Vermont 1
After the hosts scored twice in the bottom of the first in game two, the slim edge held into the home half of the fourth; that's when EC tacked up five more for some breathing room. Southern Vermont crossed the plate once in the sixth, but that would be all the Mountaineers could scratch together in their second defeat of the day.

SVC sophomore right-hander Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) went 2-3 from the batter's box, and Rumrill was also 2-3 with a run batted in.

Girard went the first four innings from the rubber and struck out two in the loss (1-7).

After Girard was left aboard in the top of the first, a two-run homer gave Elms the advantage. Neither side could get much going through the next two frames, but the Blazer bats then connected in the fourth to bring five runs around to score and make it a 7-0 ballgame.

Southern Vermont strung together some hits in the sixth as a single to right by senior catcher Nicole Matthews (Piitstown, N.Y.) loaded the bases with one out. EC retired the next batter, but Rumrill then came through with a run-scoring base knock to the opposite field for Wilson to trot home from third.

That would be if for the Mountaineers, however, as the Blazers kept the visitors from crossing the dish the rest of the way to close out the sweep.