Softball Topped 15-1, 8-0 at Becker

Softball Topped 15-1, 8-0 at Becker

LEICESTER, Mass. – Southern Vermont College lost 15-1 in five innings and then 8-0 in six innings Sunday afternoon in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) doubleheader against Becker College at Russell Field.

SVC (4-14, 0-4 NECC) is back at home for its next games with the Mountaineers hosting Northern Vermont University-Johnson on Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference twin bill.

GAME 1: Becker 15 – Southern Vermont 1 (5 inn.)
After Southern Vermont put up one run in the top of the first, the Hawks came right back with five in the home half of the frame. Becker would notch another five in the third to make it 11-1, and a four-run fourth then put it out of the Mountaineers' reach.

SVC sophomore catcher Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) went 2-3 with a run batted in while freshman second baseman Brandi Johnson (Philmont, N.Y.), freshman shortstop Jaydan Allinson (Miami, Ariz.), and freshman right fielder Julia Whipple (Schenectady, N.Y.) were all 1-2 in the effort.

Mountaineer sophomore right-hander McKenzie Ebert (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) went the first three innings in the circle—striking out two in the loss (2-6).

With a runner at second, Rumrill sent a single out to center to bring around her teammate and put the visitors on top. The lead did not last for long, however, with the Hawks crossing the dish five times in the bottom of the frame. Becker scored a lone run in the second and five more in the third to put the difference into double digits.

SVC stranded only two runners from the second through the top of the fifth, while being prevented from pushing any across the plate, for the Hawks to end the game early.

GAME 2: Becker 8 – Southern Vermont 0 (6 inn.)
The Hawks led 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth in game two, and that's when they scored six times to walk off with the run rule in effect.

Rumrill and Johnson each went 1-3 while sophomore catcher Tessa Sheades (Coventry, Conn.) was 1-2 for SVC.

Whipple went to the rubber and took the loss (2-8) after striking out two in the 5.2 innings of work.

Becker scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the first, and they added another solo score in the third. The first nine Southern Vermont batters were retired, but the Mountaineers started to get something going in the fourth; after SVC loaded the pond with two down, however, the Hawks were able to work out of it and preserve the lead.

In the bottom of the sixth with the score still sitting at 2-0, the hosts would get four runs to come around as they inched closer to putting it away. A two-out, two-run homer then ended the doubleheader with Becker celebrating the sweep at the plate.