CLAREMONT, Calif. – After taking a day off, the Southern Vermont College baseball team resumed its participation in the California Invitational Wednesday afternoon—falling 21-1 at Pomona-Pitzer in a shortened, seven-inning game.
The Mountaineers went on top early with a single score in the top of the first, but the hosts came back with four in the home half of the inning for a lead they would retain through the conclusion. The Sagehens added seven runs in both the second and fourth frames to stake a big enough upper hand to end the game ahead of schedule.
SVC (2-6) is next in action on Thursday with a 3 p.m. (PDT) contest at the University of La Verne.
Southern Vermont freshman middle infielder Noah DuBois (Barrington, N.H.) was 1-3 with a run batted in while sophomore center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) went 1-2 with a run scored. Senior designated hitter Anthony Mercuri (Ridge, N.Y.) turned in a 1-2 showing at the plate in the effort.
Mountaineer sophomore righty Nick Hartman (East Hartford, Conn.) took the loss (0-1) from the hill with the start.
Stacey ripped a grounder through the left side of the infield to get the game going, and he moved up on the next Mountaineer's at-bat. DuBois stepped to the plate and dropped it inside the left field line for his sophomore teammate to round third and touch the dish for the quick 1-0 advantage.
The lead wouldn't last for long as the Sagehens responded with four runs in the home half of the inning. The hosts got SVC to go down 1-2-3 in the second before tacking up a crooked seven for a comfortable separation. Southern Vermont stranded a run in the top of the third, and Pomona-Pitzer scored four more times in the home half to go in front by 14.
Another seven Sagehen runs in the fourth put it out of reach for the Mountaineers as SVC was kept scoreless the rest of the way. After the hosts notched a lone run in the sixth, Southern Vermont stranded a runner in the top of the seventh before the run-rule was invoked for the contest to be called.
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