MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Southern Vermont College softball team wrapped up its participation in the FastPitch Dreams Spring Classic on Friday—first falling 8-0 to Sewanee: The University of the South before being topped 10-1 by the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Both games ended after five innings.
The Mountaineers (4-6) now set their sights on the beginning of New England Collegiate Conference play; SVC is slated to host Dean College Saturday, March 30 for a 1 p.m. home and league opener.
Sewanee 8 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
Sewanee put up one run in the bottom of the first, and that would be all the Tigers needed for the win. They would add to their lead over the next three innings, however, while keeping SVC off the board for the early ending.
Southern Vermont sophomore third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) went 1-2 for the Mountaineers—her double in the second inning proving to spoil Sewanee's perfect game.
SVC freshman right hander Julia Whipple (Schenectady, N.Y.) took the loss (2-4) from the rubber after tossing all four innings. She struck out three and gave up just three earned runs.
The Tigers got all of their action in the first frame with two outs and scratched across a lone run. Sewanee then added one more in the second and three runs in each of the next two innings to go on top 8-0. SVC went down in order for the third-straight time in the top of the fifth as Sewanee avenged its Tuesday loss to the Mountaineers.
Maine-Presque Isle 10 – Southern Vermont 1 (5 inn.)
The Owls brought a 4-0 advantage into the fourth inning, and that's when they opened it up with six more runs. SVC was able to get one back in the home half of the frame, but that would be all the Mountaineers could manufacture throughout the game for Presque Isle to claim its second win over Southern Vermont in as many days.
SVC freshman center fielder Michaela Kelly (Amsterdam, N.Y.) went 1-3 with a run scored out of the three hole, and Whipple—who had entered the circle in relief—was 1-1 with an RBI. Rumrill added a 1-2 showing while junior left fielder Taylor Jarosz (Troy, N.Y.) went 1-3 at the plate.
Mountaineer righty McKenzie Ebert (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) threw into the fourth inning—striking out three in the loss (2-2). Whipple tallied a pair of strikeouts in her two innings of work.
Presque Isle scored once in the top of the first before adding two more in the second. UMPI continued to cross the dish with one run in the third, and the Owls tacked up the crooked six in the fourth for a 10-0 upper hand.
Kelly and Rumrill registered back-to-back hits to start the bottom of the fourth, and Kelly then swiped third to put runners at the corners. With one down, Whipple connected to bring home her classmate and get the Mountaineers on the board. They would strand two runners on base that inning, however, before leaving one more aboard in the fifth for the run rule to come into play.
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