Softball Ends Florida Trip with Five-inning Losses to Newbury (21-4), North Central (17-5)

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NAPLES, Fla. – The Southern Vermont College softball team played the final two games of its Spring Break trip to Florida at North Collier Regional Park on Friday with the Mountaineers falling 21-4 to Newbury College and 17-5 to North Central College in a pair of five-inning contests.

SVC is scheduled to next play a doubleheader on Wednesday at Skidmore College with first pitch slated for 3:30 p.m.

Newbury 21 – Southern Vermont 4 (5 inn.)
In a game that didn't count for the New England Collegiate Conference standings, Newbury tacked up an early 11 runs in the bottom of the first before adding another pair in the third. Southern Vermont got on the board with four in the top of the fourth—only to see the Nighthawks answer with an eight-spot in the home half of the frame and then put SVC away in the fifth.

Mountaineer senior left fielder Julia Florence (Salem, Mass.) went 2-2 with a run scored while senior designated player Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) was 1-3 with a two-run double.

SVC freshman righty Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) took the loss (0-4) from the circle after going 1.2 innings through a pair of appearances.

NC ran out to a big upper hand in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Southern Vermont got some offense going in the fourth after Florence and senior catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) registered back-to-back base hits before sophomore shortstop Sarah Billow (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) walked to load the bases.

Another walk brought in the first Mountaineer run, and Girard then poked one into shallow left for Matthews to score. With two down, Wilson then came through with a gap shot to right-center for the two lead runners to come in. Newbury put an end to the frame at that point, however, and got SVC to strand runners at first and third in the fifth to end the league preview.

North Central 17 – Southern Vermont 5 (5 inn.)
The Mountaineers' last game in the Sunshine State saw NCC put up five runs in both the first and second innings before adding seven more in the bottom of the fourth. Southern Vermont put an end to the shutout and crossed the dish five times in the top of the fifth, but it would not be enough to extend the game as the Cardinals remained undefeated on the year.

Matthews went 1-2 with a walk and a solo home run while Girard was 1-1 with a run scored and another batted in.

Wilson went the first 3.1 innings on the rubber during the loss (0-4).

North Central scored five runs in the bottom of the first before using a two-run dinger in the second to double its lead. After the Cardinals continued to push in the fourth and notch another seven runs, SVC fought in its last at bat to end the trip on a positive note.

Matthews led-off the top of the fifth with her first home run of the season being sent over the fence in right-center, and Girard later registered her second RBI of the day when she ripped a come-backer with the bases loaded. With two down, freshman third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) poked one down the line in right to score the third run of the frame; a pair of walks with the pond full of ducks then allowed SVC to cross the plate two more times before the final out.