NAPLES, Fla. – The Southern Vermont College softball team was topped 10-2 by Knox College in a five-inning walk-off loss Wednesday morning before falling 10-0 in five to Blackburn College at North Collier Regional Park.
The Mountaineers (0-6) go to CentryLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers on Thursday for their next two games as SVC will take on SUNY Canton at 9 a.m. and then Crown College at 11 a.m.
Knox 10 – Southern Vermont 2 (5 inn.)
The Prairie Fire scored one run in both the first and fourth before SVC tied it up at 2-2 in the top of the fifth. Knox came to the plate in the home half of the frame, however, and crossed the dish eight times to invoke the run rule and end the game early.
Wilson struck out four batters from the circle in her 4.1 innings of the loss (0-3).
A lead-off double to center off of Wilson's bat helped SVC load the bases in the top of the first, but back-to-back strikeouts retired the side without the Mountaineers being able to touch home. In the bottom of the box, consecutive doubles allowed Knox to get on the board with the early edge.
Southern Vermont got KC to strand five runners through the next two innings, but the Prairie Fire then broke through in the fourth with another solo score. The Mountaineers responded to tie it up in the fifth after a couple of walks helped load the pond; with two down, Rumrill came through with a sharply-hit single through the left side which plated a pair.
Knox would answer in a big way, however—rallying for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to walk off with the victory.
Blackburn 10 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
Blackburn took a sizable lead early on with eight runs in the bottom of the first, and the Beavers then added a pair in the second. SVC was held to three hits throughout the game as BC finished off the shutout.
Mountaineer senior catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) and sophomore center fielder Taylor Jarosz (Karaganda, Kazakhstan) were both 1-2 while senior right fielder Julia Florence (Salem, Mass.) went 1-1 with two walks in the effort.
SVC freshman right-hander Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) tossed the first two innings from the circle—striking out a pair in the loss (0-3).
Southern Vermont worked three walks in the top of the first to load the bases, but the Mountaineers couldn't push a run across before Blackburn jumped on top with a crooked eight in the bottom of the frame.
After a two-run Beaver homer in the second made it 10-0, Florence worked her second walk to once again load the bases; Blackburn got out of it, however, to preserve the shutout. BC then kept SVC from getting passed second the rest of the way to walk out with the win.
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