FRANKLIN, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College softball team bounced back from a heart-breaking 22-21 loss to defeat Dean College 16-11 in the backend of a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) doubleheader Saturday afternoon and collect the team's first win of the year.
SVC (1-15, 1-3 NECC) is next in action on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. non-conference twin bill at Mass. College of Liberal Arts.
GAME 1: Dean 22 – Southern Vermont 21
DC stormed out to a 9-1 upper hand by the end of the first and then led 14-3 after the third. The Mountaineers came back with 14 runs over the next two frames to go in front 17-16, but Dean went back on top to hold a 21-18 edge going into the seventh. Unfortunately, after SVC was able to tie it up with three runs in its last ups, the Bulldogs walked it off with a two-out homer for their first league win of the year.
Balls were jumping off the bat as there were a total of 15 extra-base hits including eight home runs by the two sides.
Southern Vermont senior righty Shea Wilson (Mesa, Ariz.) tallied the most hits of her Mountaineer career with a 5-6 showing at the dish, and she added six runs scored and three RBIs to her line; she had a home run and a double in the day's opener. Sophomore center fielder Taylor Jarosz (Karaganda, Kazakhstan) went 4-5 with a walk, four runs batted in, and three runs scored while sophomore shortstop Erin Girard (Savoy, Mass.) was 4-6 with a double, a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Wilson struck out six batters in the loss (0-8)—moving into third place on SVC's all-time career record list as she now has 73 in the Mountaineer uniform.
After Southern Vermont went up 1-0 in the top of the first, Dean used a pair of homers to pull ahead 9-1. A two-run double then helped DC go on top 14-3 in the bottom of the third.
SVC refused to quit, however, and started its comeback with eight runs in the fourth. Wilson and Jarosz each had a run-scoring single in that frame before Girard ripped a bases-clearing triple to bring three more runs across the plate. Freshman designated player Kelsey Fisher (Rollinsford, N.H.) capped the inning with a two-run single making it 14-11.
DC got a little more separation in the fourth with two runs—only to see the Mountaineers pull ahead by one in the fifth with a six-spot. Jarosz, senior right fielder Julia Florence (Salem, Mass.), and sophomore second baseman Brooke Gates (Pittsfield, Mass.) all had RBI singles during the box while Fisher raked a two-run double with two outs.
Wilson knocked her first career homer out of the park to tie it up at 18-18 in the top of the sixth, but a three-run jack in the home half of the frame put the hosts back in front. Balls continued to fly over the fence in the seventh as SVC came up with a pair of big-time, two-out home runs; freshman catcher Emma Griffith (Halifax, Vt.) knocked her first career round-tripper with the bases empty before Jarosz did the same with Wilson aboard to tie it up.
However, Southern Vermont stranded a runner at third before Dean went to bat in the bottom of the frame. Wilson induced a pair of grounders to get one out away from extra innings, but that's when a final home run off of a Bulldog's bat allowed the hosts to celebrate the walk-off.
GAME 2: Southern Vermont 16 – Dean 11
SVC led most of the way—holding a 9-5 edge after the top of the fifth in game two. Dean then tacked up five runs in the bottom of the box, however, to pull ahead. After the Bulldogs notched a lone run in the sixth, Southern Vermont was able to tie it up in the seventh and then go on top—posting seven runs for the upper hand. DC couldn't cut into the deficit during its final trip to the plate for the Mountaineers to split the twin bill.
Wilson continued her great day from the batter's box with a 3-5 performance going alongside a walk, three RBIs, and three runs scored. Fisher went 2-4 with four runs batted in and another pair scored while both Jarosz and freshman third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) had two hits, two RBIs, and a run scored.
Girard moved to the circle and tossed all seven innings—striking out three while picking up her first career victory (1-6).
After Wilson tagged her second homer of the day to put SVC on the board in the top of the first, Fisher knocked a three-run dinger over the fence to put the Mountaineers in front by four. Dean used a two-run homer to cut it down to a one-run ballgame in the bottom of the first, and a two-run Bulldog double in the third helped the hosts tie it at 5-5.
Southern Vermont responded right away in the fourth as Griffith singled to bring Gates in to score, and Rumrill followed with an RBI-double. Wilson then tallied a single in the fifth which plated two and put the visitors in front by four once again.
The lead would be short-lived, however, as a three-run home run helped Dean tack up six runs through its next two at bats and go on top heading into the final frame.
With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, Jarosz came through with a clutch, two-run single for Southern Vermont to tie it at 11-11. After SVC reloaded the pond, Fisher took a pitch to the body for Wilson to cross with, what ended up being, the winning run. Three-straight walks made way for the Mountaineers to extend the separation, and a fielder's choice off of Griffith's bat set the score at 16-11. Girard gave up a lone, two-out single in the bottom of the seventh before getting a game-ending groundout to first.
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