MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Southern Vermont College softball team extended its best season start in program history Monday as the Mountaineers won their first of eight games to be played in South Carolina.
SVC defeated Principia College 9-5 in the morning—improving to 3-0 on the year. Southern Vermont then went down 14-3 in a five-inning loss to Frostburg State University in the Mountaineers' second game of the day.
Southern Vermont (3-1) is set to take on Kentucky Christian University at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday before playing Sewanee: The University of the South at 1:30 p.m.
Southern Vermont 9 – Principia 5
SVC put up three runs in the bottom of the first against the Panthers, but PC came back to go on top 4-3 in the fourth. Southern Vermont quickly went back in front—scoring two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth frame. Each side scratched one across in the sixth, and the Mountaineers were able to hold off Principia in the final inning to claim the win.
Southern Vermont sophomore Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) went 2-3 with a walk, two RBI's, and two runs scored while classmate and pitcher McKenzie Ebert (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was 2-4 with a pair of runs batted in. Freshman Michaela Kelly (Amsterdam, N.Y.) also went 2-3 from the batter's box—adding a walk, a run scored, and an RBI to her line.
Ebert had a great showing from the circle as she allowed just four runs in the complete-game victory (2-0). She struck out 10 Panther batters through the seven innings.
Rumrill got the scoring started when she wrapped a double to right for two runs to score. Ebert then put one out to center for Rumrill to come in and make it 3-0. Principia answered, however, with a lone run in the second, two more in the third, and another solo score in the fourth.
SVC wasted little time in retaking the lead—going ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth with the help of a Kelly single to left. Southern Vermont then scored three more in the fifth as Ebert and freshman catcher Jaydan Allinson (Miami, Ariz.) each tallied RBI-singles. PC got one back in the sixth, but the Mountaineers were able to hold Principia to just that as they finished off their third-straight win.
(Complete, official statistics are yet to be uploaded)
Frostburg State 14 – Southern Vermont 3 (5 inn.)
The Bobcats came out swinging and put up nine runs in the first inning against SVC. They continued to pad their lead over the next couple frames to put it out of the Mountaineers' reach. Southern Vermont notched three runs in the top of the fifth, but it was not enough for the game to continue.
Freshman shortstop Brandi Johnson (Philmont, N.Y.) went 1-3 with two RBI's while Allinson was 1-3 with a run scored and another batted in. Kelly had a 1-2 showing with a walk and a run scored.
Mountaineer freshman Julia Whipple (Schenectady, N.Y.) went to the rubber for the team's second game of the day—getting tagged with the loss (1-1) after tossing all four innings.
Frostburg State wasted little time in building a big upper hand as the Bobcats scored nine runs on 10 hits in the bottom of the first. They added three scores in the second and two more in the third to take a sizeable advantage.
Southern Vermont was held to just one hit through the first four innings, but the Mountaineers then got some offense going in the fifth. With runners at first and second and two outs, Allinson singled to center for SVC to end the shutout. Johnson followed with a double to center for another pair to come around, but that would be it for the Mountaineers.
– #LetsGoSVC –