BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College softball team dropped a pair of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) contests to Bay Path University Friday afternoon—falling 14-3 in six innings and then 8-1 at Willow Park.
Southern Vermont moved to 4-20 (0-10 NECC) on the year.
GAME 1: Bay Path 14 – Southern Vermont 3 (6 inn.)
Leading just 4-3 going into the sixth, BPU opened things up with 10 runs in the top of the frame. Southern Vermont was unable to chip away at the deficit in the home half of the inning for the Wildcats to walk out with the win.
Mountaineer freshman righty Julia Whipple (Schenectady, N.Y.) was tagged with the loss (2-11) after striking out six through her 5.1 innings of work.
Southern Vermont got on the board in the bottom of the first when junior Alexis Hufnagel (Port Richey, Fla.) got into a rundown between first and second—allowing Johnson to scoot home from third and score. Bay Path answered with a lone run in the second before taking a 4-1 edge going into the bottom of the fifth.
Johnson then got the Mountaineers within one as she launched her second homer of the year over the fence in left. Those would be the final SVC runs of the game, however, as the hosts couldn't cross the plate after the Wildcats chalked up a crooked 10 in the top of the sixth.
GAME 2: Bay Path 8 – Southern Vermont 1
Bay Path clung to a 3-0 upper hand after the fifth, but the visitors again used a strong sixth inning to pull away. After the Wildcats tallied five runs, Southern Vermont got one back to send the game into the seventh. A scoreless final frame, however, made way for BPU to finish the sweep.
Rumrill again went 2-3 while scoring a run, and sophomore pitcher McKenzie Ebert (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was 2-4 in the effort. Johnson, sophomore Kelsey Fisher (Rollinsford, N.H.), and freshman Ahmyria Simmons (Silver Spring, Md.) were all 1-3 for the Mountaineers.
Ebert struck out five batters in the loss (2-9).
Bay Path notched a lone run in the first before adding one more in the fifth. After going up 8-0 in the sixth, Southern Vermont ended the shutout when Fisher doubled to left for Rumrill to come around and score. SVC, however, couldn't get any closer than that through the seventh.
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