Softball Concludes Season With 14-2 Loss in Five, 8-4 Defeat at Lesley

nicole matthews makes a throw from behind the plate

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College softball team wrapped up its 2018 season Sunday at Lesley University—first falling 14-2 in five innings before getting topped 8-4 in the backend of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) doubleheader.

SVC concludes the campaign with an overall record of 3-29 and a 3-13 mark in league action.

Mountaineer senior catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) went 2-6 on the day to finish her career with a .456 batting average; that ranks second on the team's all-time list and will sit just eight percentage points behind Hall of Famer Carole Ann Murray '93's top mark of .462. Matthews also concludes her career with the fifth-most RBIs (56) and fourth-most home runs (10) in team history.

GAME 1: Lesley 14 – Southern Vermont 2 (5 inn.)
LU was up 4-0 going into the third before the Lynx pounced to a huge advantage with 10 runs. SVC ended the shutout in the fifth with two runs, but that would all the Mountaineers could get as Lesley walked out with the win.

Southern Vermont senior right-handed pitcher Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) went 1-1 with an RBI and two walks as sophomore shortstop Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) worked a walk to knock in the Mountaineers' other run. Wilson struck out four from the circle in the loss (1-18).

After taking the early upper hand, Lesley exploded for 10 runs on nine hits in the bottom of the third—using four doubles and a triple to build the sizable lead. Wilson knocked an RBI single to center with one down in the fifth, and Girard then took a free base with the pond full of ducks to score the second SVC run of the day. Southern Vermont would leave them loaded, however, as LU wrapped it up.

GAME 2: Lesley 8 – Southern Vermont 4
The Mountaineers went in front right away with three runs in the top of the first in game two, but Lesley cut it to a one-score contest with two in the home half of the frame. LU then pulled ahead with two in the second and added another pair in both the fourth and fifth for an advantage that would not be relinquished.

Wilson went 3-4 with two runs scored while Matthews was 2-4 with one run scored. Freshman third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) knocked in all four Mountaineers as she went 2-3 with a three-run homer. Girard tossed the first four innings from the rubber and struck out one in the loss (2-9).

Wilson and Matthews registered hits to get aboard in the top of the first, and Rumrill then raked her first collegiate homer to left for the 3-0 upper hand. LU responded with a two-run jack in the bottom of the box, and a sacrifice fly then helped the Lynx add two more in the second.

A two-run single put Lesley ahead 6-3 in the fourth, but Rumrill then cut it to a two-run difference in the fifth when she knocked in Wilson on a single to left. The hosts had an answer once again, however, as they chalked up two in the bottom of the fifth. Neither side could score in the final two innings for LU to finish off the sweep.