BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College softball team was overpowered Saturday afternoon at Willow Park as the Mountaineers lost 21-4 and then 18-1—both games ending after five innings—during a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) doubleheader against Newbury College.
In game one, Nighthawks sophomore Elizabeth Duanys (Worcester, Mass.) finished with a program-record eight RBIs, including a first inning grand slam, her third home run of the season.
SVC (4-18, 0-8 NECC) has a quick turnaround as the Mountaineers head to Mitchell College Sunday morning for a 12 p.m. NECC doubleheader. Newbury (8-16, 5-1 NECC) is back in action on Friday with a 5 p.m. league twin bill against Lesley University at St. Mary's Field in Revere, Mass.
GAME 1: Newbury 21 – Southern Vermont 4 (5 inn.)
After the Nighthawks scored five runs in the top of the first during game one, SVC came right back with three of its own in the home half of the inning. NC, however, would go on to score another five in the second before adding six in the third; the visitors kept crossing the plate through the fifth to walk away with the win.
Southern Vermont sophomore catcher Mackenzie Rumrill (Randolph, Vt.) went 3-3 with four RBIs and a run scored while junior second baseman Alexis Hufnagel(Port Richey, Fla.) was 1-3 in the effort. Freshman pitcher Julia Whipple (Schenectady, N.Y.) scored two runs for the Mountaineers.
Newbury accounted for 20 hits with junior right fielder Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) going 5-5 with five runs scored and another three batted in. Freshman designated player Caroline Mahoney (Easton, Mass.) was 4-4 with a walk, four runs scored, and three RBIs while sophomore first baseman Elizabeth Duanys (Worcester, Mass.) had eight runs batted in and two runs scored on a 3-4 performance in the batter's box.
NC sophomore Hannah Besaw (Shrewsbury, Mass.) struck out nine Mountaineers from the circle during the win (2-8) while Whipple tallied a pair of K's in the loss (2-10).
Newbury went up 5-0 in the top of the first after Duanys knocked out a grand slam. SVC used the long ball to cut it close in the home half of the frame, however, with Rumrill blasting her second homer of the year to make it a 5-3 contest.
The Nighthawks would take control after that as they used a pair of run-scoring doubles in the top of the second to help make it a 10-3 upper hand. Averi Johnson put one over the fence to plate a pair in the third, and the visitors never looked back after that.
GAME 2: Newbury 18 – Southern Vermont 1 (5 inn.)
NC tallied a lone run in the first during game two before touching home five times in the second. The Nighthawks then scored at least three runs over the next three frames to put it out of SVC's reach and claim the sweep.
Rumrill and SVC freshman center fielder Brandi Johnson (Philmont, N.Y.) were both 1-3 while sophomore pitcher McKenzie Ebert (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Whipple each had a 1-2 showing at the dish. Ebert notched an RBI for the Mountaineers while Hufnagel scored a run.
Ebert struck out three Nighthawks in the circle during the loss (2-8).
After NC scratched across a lone run in the top of the first, Newbury registered five run-scoring singles before a sacrifice fly made it 9-0 in the third. The Nighthawks manufactured another four runs in the fourth, and a two-run Averi Johnson double in the fifth helped push it to an 18-0 lead. Ebert singled up the middle in the bottom of the fifth to get SVC on the board, but that would be it for the Mountaineers.
Release courtesy SVC Athletics.