BENNINGTON, Vt. – Collegiate softball returned to Willow Park Saturday afternoon as Southern Vermont College held its home opener with a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) doubleheader against Elms College; the Mountaineers, however, were downed 10-1 in five innings and then 12-1 by the Blazers.
SVC (4-12, 0-2 NECC) hits the road Sunday for its next two games—those being a league twin bill at Becker College with first pitch slated for 12 p.m.
The Mountaineers wore blue uniforms on Saturday in recognition of World Autism Month.
GAME 1: Elms 10 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
The Blazers put up seven runs in the top of the third to go ahead 9-0 during the opener, and they held Southern Vermont to just one hit through five innings to put it away.
SVC freshman right fielder Toni Borg (Mansfield, Texas) went 1-1 in the effort, and she got aboard a second time by getting plunked in the fifth.
Mountaineer freshman right-hander Julia Whipple (Schenectady, N.Y.) struck out one in the loss (2-7).
Elms put up two runs in the top of the first before Borg was stranded in the second inning. The Blazers then rallied for seven runs on six hits in the third, and Borg's hit by pitch would account for the only other SVC base runner the rest of the way.
GAME 2: Elms 12 – Southern Vermont 1
The Mountaineers took an early lead in game two with a lone run in the first, but EC got it right back in the second frame. The Blazers would lead 5-1 going into the seventh, and that's when they notched seven runs to open it up.
Southern Vermont sophomore catcher Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) went 2-3 with an RBI while sophomore pitcher McKenzie Ebert (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and freshman left fielder Jaydan Allinson (Miami, Ariz.) were both 1-3.
Ebert struck out one from the circle during her seven innings of work in the loss (2-5).
After Elms left them loaded in the top of the first, SVC got some offense going in the home half of the box. Allinson singled to get a pair aboard, and an Ebert ground out then put both runners in scoring position. Rumrill came through with a run-scoring single to right, but that would be all the Mountaineers could muster.
A two-out ground-rule double in the top of the third allowed EC to tie the game, and the visitors added another pair in the third. Elms gained some extra breathing room with two more in the sixth, and the Blazers then pulled away in the seventh as they tacked up the crooked number.
– #LetsGoSVC –