MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Southern Vermont College softball team registered its second split in as many days as the Mountaineers continued their participation in the FastPitch Dreams Spring Classic on Tuesday.
SVC fell 9-2 to Kentucky Christian University in its first matchup of the day, but the Mountaineers were able to bounce back and defeat Sewanee: The University of the South by a 12-4 margin in six innings.
Southern Vermont (4-2) is back at it on Wednesday with another pair of games—the first being a 9:30 a.m. start against the University of Maine at Presque Isle while the second is scheduled to be an 11:30 a.m. first pitch against Sarah Lawrence College.
Kentucky Christian 9 – Southern Vermont 2
Going into the fifth tied 1-1, the Knights put up five runs to go on top. They added another three runs in the sixth and only conceded a solo score the rest of the way to finish off the victory.
SVC sophomore right fielder Tessa Sheades (Coventry, Conn.) went 1-3 with a run batted in while sophomore third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) was 1-3 with a run scored. Freshman center fielder Michaela Kelly (Amsterdam, N.Y.) turned in a 1-4 showing—roping a triple before scoring a run in the effort.
Mountaineer freshman righty Julia Whipple (Schenectady, N.Y.) took the loss (1-2) from the circle with only five of her nine runs given up being earned. She also struck out four in the outing.
Neither side could get much offense going through the first two innings, but both teams were then able to chalk up runs in the third. After KCU scratched across a score with two down in the top of the frame, SVC came right back to do the same; Kelly led off with a triple to left, and a Jarosz groundout to third then tied the game.
Kentucky Christian would jump on top with a strong fifth, however—putting up five runs before adding another three in the sixth to put Southern Vermont's back to the wall down by eight. The Mountaineers were able to extend the contest after Rumrill started the home half of the sixth with a double to the right side; with two down, Sheades then singled to center to bring her classmate around and make it 9-2.
That would be the last run of the game as KCU was able to hold off the Mountaineers in the seventh to wrap up the victory.
Southern Vermont 12 – Sewanee 4 (6 inn.)
Sewanee had a 1-0 advantage going into the top of the fourth, but that's when SVC jumped on top with four runs. The Tigers came back with three over the next two frames to tie it—only to see Southern Vermont chalk up eight in the sixth to invoke the run rule after Sewanee failed to score in the home half of the inning.
Kelly went 3-4 with three RBI's and a run scored, and freshman shortstop Brandi Johnson (Philmont, N.Y.) had a 3-3 performance in the box with a walk, a run scored, and another run batted in. Junior third baseman Alexis Hufnagel (Port Richey, Fla.) was 1-2 in the win with a walk, two RBI's, and two runs scored.
Sophomore right-hander McKenzie Ebert (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was tagged with a no decision after striking out four through the first four innings of play. Whipple tossed the final two frames and gave up just a lone, unearned run; she picked up the win (2-2) as she was the pitcher of record when the Mountaineers pounced on top in the sixth.
After the Tigers put up one run in the bottom of the first, their 1-0 lead lasted into the fourth; that's when Southern Vermont was able to get on the board and pull ahead. Back-to-back singles were followed by back-to-back walks for SVC to tie the score, and Kelly then raked her second triple of the day to bring home three more.
Sewanee answered and tacked up a pair of runs in the fourth, and the Tigers then evened the score at 4-4 with another run in the fifth. The stalemate wouldn't hold up for long, however, as Southern Vermont surged to score eight runs in the sixth.
Hufnagel brought the first run in on an infield base hit, and junior left fielder Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) then singled through the right side to bring in one more. Rumrill would later single to center with the bases loaded, and three Mountaineers were able to cross the dish with the aid of a Tiger miscue in the outfield. SVC added two more before the final out of the inning, and Whipple then worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the frame to preserve the eight-run lead and end it.
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