Softball Topped 18-4, 7-5 Under the Lights by Dean

Softball Topped 18-4, 7-5 Under the Lights by Dean

BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College dropped a pair of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball games at Willow Park Thursday night as the Mountaineers lost 18-4 in five innings before falling 7-5 after a comeback bid fell short.

SVC (4-16, 0-6 NECC) is at home again for its next league doubleheader with the Mountaineers hosting Newbury College on Saturday for a 2 p.m. first pitch.

GAME 1: Dean 18 – Southern Vermont 4 (5 inn.)
The two sides traded scores through the first few innings before Dean opened it up and pulled away; the Bulldogs tallied seven runs in the fourth and eight more in the fifth as they cruised to the victory.

Mountaineer freshmen Brandi Johnson (Philmont, N.Y.) and Michaela Kelly (Amsterdam, N.Y.) were both 2-2 at the dish with an RBI, and they added three and one run scored, respectively. Sophomore Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.), sophomore McKenzie Ebert (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), and freshman Toni Borg (Mansfield, Texas) all went 1-3 in the effort.

Southern Vermont freshman righty Julia Whipple (Schenectady, N.Y.) threw all five innings in the circle—striking out one in the loss (2-9).

After Dean scored one run in the top of the first inning, it took SVC one pitch to tie it up in the home half of the frame. Out of the lead-off spot, Johnson sent the first offering she saw over the fence in left for her first collegiate home run.

DC pushed a pair across in the second, but Southern Vermont made the most of a Bulldog error in the third to cross the dish twice and even the score once again. Dean would open it up in the fourth, however—scoring seven runs on seven hits and a pair of Mountaineer miscues; the visitors then added eight more in the fifth for a comfortable upper hand.

SVC worked one home in the bottom of the fifth with a sacrifice fly to left by Kelly, but that would be it for the hosts as DC claimed the opener.

GAME 2: Dean 7 – Southern Vermont 5
DC led just 5-4 after the fourth in the backend of the doubleheader, and the Bulldogs bumped it up to a three-run upper hand in the top of the sixth. SVC got within two, but the Mountaineers stranded five runners in the last two frames for Dean to seize its second win of the evening.

Rumrill and Borg both had 3-4 performances with the bat—Rumrill adding a pair of RBIs to her line. Johnson went 2-4 with two runs scored while Kelly was 2-5 with a run scored and another batter in.

Ebert moved to the rubber and struck out five in the loss (2-7).

Johnson turned a lead-off walk into a run in the bottom of the first to put her team ahead in game two; with one down, Whipple sent a grounder to second for her classmate to sprint home and make it 1-0.

Dean had an answer in the second as the Bulldogs registered a two-out double to center to even the score. DC added three runs in the third before a sacrifice fly in the fourth made it a 5-1 advantage for the visitors.

The Mountaineers responded in the home half of the fourth with three runs of their own. Johnson motored around from second on a Kelly single to right, and Kelly then slid home safely on a chopper to the back to the circle. Whipple would cap the inning when she came in on a high Rumrill single to short which got caught in the lights and dropped in.

After Dean chalked up a lone run in the sixth, SVC got it back when Rumrill slapped a two-out double deep down the line in right. An ensuing walk and single to left then loaded the pond for the Mountaineers, but they would be unable to get any runners home as DC preserved the two-run edge.

Southern Vermont sat down the Bulldog side in order in the seventh and then went to the batter's box with one final chance. SVC got runners to first and second, however Dean was able to work out of it for the sweep.