Softball Downed 9-0, 14-1 in Five-inning NECC Tilts at Mitchell

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NEW LONDON, Conn. – Southern Vermont College started its New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball schedule Friday afternoon at Mitchell College—falling 9-0 and then 14-1 in a pair of run-shortened games.

SVC batted as the home team in both contests as the doubleheader was originally scheduled to be Southern Vermont's home opener.

The Mountaineers (0-14, 0-2 NECC) are back on the road Saturday for their next twin bill with SVC visiting Dean College for a 1 p.m. Conference start. MC (6-6, 2-0 NECC) is also in league action on Saturday with a 12 p.m. doubleheader at home against Wheelock College.

GAME 1: Mitchell 9 – Southern Vermont 0 (5 inn.)
The Mariners went up early with three runs in the top of the first, and they padded the cushion through their next four at bats while holding SVC to just a pair of hits.

Southern Vermont senior righty Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) and sophomore center fielder Taylor Jarosz (Karaganda, Kazakhstan) each went 1-2 at the plate. Wilson struck out five batters from the circle during the loss (0-7).

Mitchell junior shortstop Suzanne Vachon (East Hartford, Conn.) went 3-3 with two runs and two RBIs while freshman center fielder Stephanie Adams (White Plains, Md.) was 2-3 with a pair of extra-base hits, three runs batted in, and another run scored.

MC junior right-hander Taylor Duchesneau (Killingly, Conn.) went the distance from the rubber—registering four strikeouts in the complete-game shutout (3-3).

Vachon roped a triple down the line in left to get her team on the board in the top of the first before Adams knocked her in on an ensuing ground rule double in the same direction. Vachon then tallied another RBI in the second when she singled through the left side to make it 4-0.

Mitchell extended the separation with three runs in the fourth—two of those coming around on an Adams triple down the left field line. The hosting team added another two runs in the top of the fifth before closing out their first NECC win of the year.

GAME 2: Mitchell 14 – Southern Vermont 1 (5 inn.)
The Mariners used a pair of five-run frames in the front-end of game two for a 10-0 advantage before Southern Vermont got across the plate with a lone run in the home half of the third. MC would notch four more in the fifth, however, while keeping the Mountaineers from climbing back into it.

SVC freshman shortstop Emma Griffith (Halifax, Vt.) went 2-2 from the batter's box while right-handed classmate Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) was 1-2 with the stick. Girard was tagged with the loss (0-6) from the circle.

Five Mariners had a multi-hit game including senior third baseman Megan Elphick (Waterford, Conn.) who was 2-4 with a home run, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Freshman right-hander Shyla Phillips-Krick (Griswold, Conn.) tallied a pair of doubles to go 2-3 with a walk, three runs batted in, and two runs scored.

Phillips-Krick allowed just three hits and struck out one in the win (3-3); the lone run she gave up was unearned.

After neither side could score in the first, Mitchell chalked up a five-spot in the second with the help of five singles. With the bases loaded and one out, Elphick pulled one through the left side to plate a pair. Another pair of run-scoring base hits would follow for the Mariners to put up all they needed for the victory.

MC added five insurance runs in the third—with the help of a two-run homer by Elphick over the fence in left—before SVC got on the board with a solo score. Griffith got aboard with a lead-off single and moved around to third with two down; a wild pitch then allowed her to motor home and make it 10-1.

That would be it for the Mountaineers, however, as Phillips-Krick retired seven of the next nine batters she faced to prevent SVC from staging a comeback. Duchesneau recorded a two-run single through the left side in the fifth to help herself and make way for Mitchell to walk out with the sweep.