HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Southern Vermont College softball team was finally able to open up its 2017 campaign Saturday with a doubleheader at Eastern Mennonite University, but the Mountaineers fell 23-0 and then 23-2 in a pair of five-inning games at Gehman Field.
SVC (0-2) is slated to next visit Skidmore College on Thursday for a twin bill set to start at 3:30 p.m.
GAME 1: Eastern Mennonite 23 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 innings)
The hosting Royals tacked up five runs in the bottom of the first of game one and padded their lead with eight in the third. A 10-run bottom of the fourth sealed the deal as the run rule was invoked for the contest to end early.
SVC junior right-handed pitcher Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) was 1-1 from the batter's box and got on base a second time by taking a pitch to the body in the first. Freshman first baseman Carly Gillman (Stamford, Conn.) turned in a 1-2 showing at the plate in her first collegiate game.
Wilson went all four innings from the circle for the Mountaineers, striking out one in the loss (0-1).
GAME 2: Eastern Mennonite 23 – Southern Vermont 2 (5 innings)
SVC got on the board first in the backend of the doubleheader with a lone run during its opening at-bat, but the Royals answered in a big way as they put up eight in the home half of the inning. EMU then crossed the dish 13 times in the second before adding another two in the third. The Mountaineers got one back in the top of the fifth, but that would be it as Eastern Mennonite remained undefeated and took the sweep.
Southern Vermont sophomore shortstop Lizzy Bench (St. Petersburg, Fla.) went 2-3 with a run scored as junior lefty Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) was 1-3 with an RBI. Freshman left fielder Sarah Billow (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) was also 1-3 with a run batted in, and freshman second baseman Brooke Gates (Pittsfield, Mass.) went 1-1 with a walk.
Matthews made the start on the rubber—striking out four Royal batters in the defeat (0-1).
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