Softball Falls 7-0, 9-0 in Five at Skidmore

emma griffith swings at a pitch

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Southern Vermont College dropped a pair of non-conference softball games to Skidmore College Tuesday afternoon—falling 7-0 and then 9-0 in a five-inning contest at Wagner Park.

Next up for the Mountaineers (0-12) is the start of their New England Collegiate Conference schedule on Friday; the twin bill against Mitchell College will serve as SVC's Opening Day at Willow Park with first pitch slated for 3 p.m., however the doubleheader will be moved to MC's campus if Southern Vermont's diamond is unplayable.

GAME 1: Skidmore 7 – Southern Vermont 0
The Thoroughbreds tacked up two runs in the bottom of the second for, what proved to be, all they would need for the win. SC added another two in the third and three more the rest of the way while keeping Southern Vermont from crossing the plate.

SVC freshman shortstop Emma Griffith (Halifax, Vt.) went 2-2 at the dish for the Mountaineers.

Southern Vermont senior righty Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) went five innings from the circle—giving up three earned runs in the loss (0-6).

After Skidmore put up two runs in the bottom of the second, Griffith ended the streak of eight-straight SVC batters being retired with a single to the pitcher. She would be stranded at first, however, and the Thoroughbreds added another pair in the home half of the third.

The hosts only allowed Griffith to reach again the rest of the way—that being a single up the middle in the sixth. Meanwhile, they padded their cushion in the fifth and sixth innings for the comfortable victory.

GAME 2: Skidmore 9 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
The backend of the doubleheader was scoreless until SC notched two runs in the bottom of the third. Skidmore then rallied for seven runs in the fifth—the last three coming on a homer to center which allowed the Thoroughbreds walk it off for the sweep.

SVC senior catcher Nicole Matthews (Pittstown, N.Y.) went 2-3 from the batter's box while Wilson was 1-2 with a walk.

Mountaineer freshman right-hander Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) struck out a pair in her 4.1 innings of work.

Wilson doubled to right to lead-off the game, but she wouldn't make it any further around the bases as Skidmore retired the side. SVC stranded runners at second in each of the next two frames before SC scored twice in the bottom of the third.

Two Mountaineers were left on base in the fifth after a Matthews single to center, and the Thoroughbreds then used three extra-base hits in the bottom of the box to cross the dish seven times and end the game ahead of schedule.