Softball Tops Wheelock 6-1, 15-0 in Five to Sweep Senior Day Doubleheader

the softball team poses with the three seniors in the center

BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College softball team celebrated its Senior Day with a couple of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) wins over Wheelock College on Saturday as the hosting Mountaineers defeated the visitors 6-1 before running away with a 15-0 five-inning victory to take the sweep at Willow Park.

Prior to the start of the action, SVC recognized and honored its graduating members in Julia Florence (Salem, Mass.), Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.), and Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.).

Southern Vermont (3-23, 3-9 NECC) is back at home on Monday for its next pair of games as the Mountaineers welcome Castleton University to Willow Park for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference start. WC (2-22, 0-10 NECC) is right back in action on Sunday with an 11 a.m. NECC twin bill against Newbury College at St. Mary's Field.

GAME 1: Southern Vermont 6 – Wheelock 1
The Mountaineers scored five runs through the third and fourth innings to hold a 5-1 lead going into the final frames. SVC tacked up one more in the sixth while keeping Wheelock to just three total hits for win.

Southern Vermont sophomore center fielder Taylor Jarosz (Karaganda, Kazakhstan) went 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, and sophomore second baseman Brooke Gates (Pittsfield, Mass.) was 2-3 with a pair of runs scored. Matthews turned in a 2-3 showing with a walk and a run scored.

Wilson registered her first win (1-13) of the season on her Senior Day as she was stellar from the circle—allowing just one run on three hits and three walks. She struck out eight WC batters with the last one giving the senior 100 career K's in the SVC uniform.

Wheelock senior first baseman Rachael Simpson (Littleton, Mass.)—who was also recognized by the Mountaineers before the game—went 1-3 with a home run for the Wildcats. WC freshman righty Kathy Ochoa (El Paso, Texas) struck out three from the rubber during the loss (1-12).

Neither side could push a run across the plate until the bottom of the third when SVC first benefited from a Wildcat throwing error. Mountaineer sophomore shortstop Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) would later single to left for Wilson to score from third, and an ensuing base knock the same way off the bat of freshman third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) made it a 3-0 upper hand for the hosts.

The visitors answered in the top of the fourth with a lone run off of one swing; Simpson connected and sent it down the left field line—just hugging the foul pole for the solo homer.

Southern Vermont kept the runs coming in the home half of the frame as the Mountaineers put up another pair when Jarosz ripped a two-run single through the left side. Matthews then poked a single out to right for the 6-1 upper hand in the sixth, and Wilson kept the Wildcats from building any momentum the rest of the way to finish off the front-end victory.

GAME 2: Southern Vermont 15 – Wheelock 0 (5 inn.)
SVC stormed out to a six-run lead in the first inning of game two and never let the sweep get in doubt after that. The Mountaineers scored in each trip to the plate—increasing the separation to the amount needed for the contest to end early.

Matthews went 4-4 with a homer, three RBIs, and four runs scored while Jarosz was 3-4 with two runs scored and another batted in. Girard, who moved to the circle for the start, helped herself with a 3-4 showing which included four runs scored and an RBI. Wilson played left field in game two and went 2-3 with a pair of runs knocked in from the batter's box.

Girard allowed just two hits and didn't walk any with the ball; she struck out one in the win (2-8).

WC junior center fielder Samantha Leahon (Castleton, N.Y.) went 2-3 at the plate while junior catcher Dominique DelBene (Peabody, Mass.) was 2-2 with the stick. Wildcat righty Taylor McDonald (Weare, N.H.) was tagged with the loss (1-9) after striking out a pair from the rubber.

The Mountaineer bats were rolling in the bottom of the first as the hosts put up a crooked six-spot. Matthews raked an RBI single up the middle for the opening run of the game, and Florence later notched an infield single to the left side for Rumrill to come home and make it 4-0. Wilson put a run-scoring single into right field before Jarosz made solid contact for an RBI base hit to center.

Southern Vermont would score four more in the second with the help of a Wilson bloop behind the first base bag, and the Mountaineers notched another pair in the third on a pair of hard-hit singles through the infield. Matthews helped cap the day's scoring in the fourth when she blasted a ball to straight-away center for her third home run of the year and 10th career dinger.