MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Southern Vermont College suffered a pair of setbacks Wednesday as the softball team lost 10-2 to the University of Maine at Presque Isle in six innings before falling 8-2 to Sarah Lawrence College.
SVC (4-4) has an off day on Thursday before finishing its participation in the FastPitch Dreams Spring Classic on Friday with games against Sewanee: The University of the South (9:30 a.m.) and Presque Isle (11:30 a.m.).
Maine-Presque Isle 10 – Southern Vermont 2 (6 inn.)
The Owls took an early edge with a lone run in the first, and they added two more in the fourth. SVC was able to cut it to a one-run game in the fifth, but UMPI came right back and notched one in the home half of the inning before putting up the six necessary to finish the game ahead of schedule.
Mountaineer freshman righty Julia Whipple (Schenectady, N.Y.) was tagged with the loss (2-3) after letting up five earned runs and striking out a pair during 5.1 innings in the circle.
Trailing 3-0 entering the fifth, SVC got on the board when Jarosz singled up the middle to bring home Allinson and Whipple. The Owls tagged a home run in the bottom of the box, however, and they crossed six more times in the sixth to walk it off with the run rule.
Sarah Lawrence 8 – Southern Vermont 2
Southern Vermont went on top in its second game of the day with a pair of runs in the top of the first, but the Gryphons were able to notch two of their own in the next half inning to tie it up. The 2-2 score stood until the fifth when SLC scored four times, and the Gryphons added two more in the sixth while keeping SVC from scoring the rest of the way.
Mountaineer freshman shortstop Brandi Johnson (Philmont, N.Y.) went 3-4 in the batter's box with an RBI and a run scored while sophomore catcher Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) was 2-4 with a run batted in. Jarosz added a 2-3 showing at the plate.
SVC sophomore right-hander McKenzie Ebert (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) took her first loss (2-1) of the year—throwing all six innings and striking out a pair in the effort.
After Southern Vermont freshman Michaela Kelly (Amsterdam, N.Y.) led off the game with a single through the left side, she moved up to second on a Jarosz sacrifice bunt. Johnson then poked one through the right side to bring home her classmate and put the Mountaineers on top. Johnson would score soon after when Rumrill doubled to left-center—making it 2-0.
That would be the last SVC run of the day, however. Sarah Lawrence used a pair two-out doubles to even the score in the bottom of the first, and neither side could break the 2-2 stalemate through the next three innings. Finally, the Gryphons took control in the fifth with a three-run, inside-the-park homer and an ensuing RBI-single up the middle. SLC then chalked up a pair of insurance runs in the sixth before shutting down the Mountaineers in their final trip to the plate.
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