Softball Drops 15-2, 10-1 5-inning Contests at Union

Softball Drops 15-2, 10-1 5-inning Contests at Union

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Southern Vermont College softball team was swept in a non-conference doubleheader at Alexander Field Thursday afternoon—the visitors losing 15-2 and then 10-1 to Union College in a pair of five-inning games.

The Mountaineers (4-10) now get ready to hold their Opening Day doubleheader at Willow Park on Saturday; that will also be the start of SVC's New England Collegiate Conference schedule with the team taking on Elms College at 1 p.m.

GAME 1: Union 15 – Southern Vermont 2 (5 inn.)
The Mountaineers grabbed an early upper hand with two runs in the top of the first, but Union would take control from there and prevent SVC from crossing the plate the rest of the way. The Dutchwomen put up five runs in the second and then eight runs in the third to garner enough separation for the game to end early.

Southern Vermont freshmen Julia Whipple (Schenectady, N.Y.) and Toni Borg (Mansfield, Texas) both went 1-2 with Whipple scoring a run on the day. Sophomore catcher Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) tallied an RBI while freshman shortstop Brandi Johnson (Philmont, N.Y.) scored the other Mountaineer run.

SVC sophomore righty McKenzie Ebert (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) started on the rubber and was tagged with the loss (2-4).

Whipple got aboard in the first with a one-out double to right-center, and she would subsequently move up to third on a UC error. Rumrill then connected for a run-scoring grounder while a throwing mishap allowed Johnson to come around and touch home as well.

Union cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame, and the Dutchwomen then pulled ahead with five runs in the second. The hosts kept knocking the ball around as they chalked up eight runs in the third before adding one more in the fourth. SVC was held to just Borg's lead-off single in the fifth for UC to take the opener.

GAME 2: Union 10 – Southern Vermont 1 (5 inn.)
The Mountaineers scored one run in the top of the fourth to make it a 3-1 Union lead, but the Dutchwomen answered with seven in the home half of the inning for the sizable upper hand. Southern Vermont could not trim the deficit in the fifth for the game to continue.

Whipple once again went 1-2 with a run scored while Rumrill was 2-2 with a run batted in.

Whipple started in the circle and took the loss (2-6) after going all four innings.

Union pushed one across the dish in the first inning before adding two more in the third. Southern Vermont got within two as Rumrill doubled to left in the top of the fourth—plating Whipple to make it 3-1.

The Dutchwomen answered right away, however, as they scored seven times in the fourth with 10 hits. UC then struck out the side in order in the top of the fifth to put it away via run rule.