CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Tough pitching and an explosive offense helped Southern Vt. take both ends of the doubleheader against Pine Manor on Friday afternoon at the Pine Manor Softball Field. The Mountaineers claimed two five-inning victories by scores of 12-0 and 20-1.
After being swept, the Gators record falls to 2-18 on the year and Southern Vt. Improves to 9-12.
Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Hayley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.) were big contributors both on offense and in the pitching circle for Southern Vt.
The guests jumped out to an early lead in game one scoring three runs on three hits in the first with Brianne Nichols (Albany, N.Y.) and Kirstin Buchan (Troy, N.Y.) each collecting RBI hits. The damage could have been worse, but Gators starter Chardonai Rose (Fairfield, Calif.) was able to induce an inning-ending double play to limit the damage.
In the second, Southern Vt. kept the bats going. They scored six more times with the big knock coming on an inside the park grand slam by Fleming.
Fleming, who got the start in the circle in game one, was nearly unhittable. She retired the first eleven batters, including striking out the side in order in both the second and third innings. Overall she finished with 10 punch outs as she earned the shutout victory.
The Gators were finally able to get to Fleming in the fourth. Second baseman Ashley Whiteshield (Seward, Alaska) got on with a single to break up the perfect game. Pine Manor would only get one more hit in the contest, a single by Anastasia Walker (West Springfield, Mass.) to lead off the fifth.
Buchan collected three hits for the visitors in game one and drove in three runs. Rose took loss for Pine Manor.
Rose got the start again for the Gators in game two. She got into a bit of a jam early, walking the first two batters she faced. However, the junior hurler was able to settle in and get out of the inning unscathed.
In the bottom of the inning, Pine Manor got its first lead of the afternoon. Sybil Lynch (Hoboken, N.J.) started the inning off with a single before stealing second. Rose then helped her own cause by shooting a double to right field to score Lynch and give the Gators the 1-0 lead.
That lead would not last long as the Mountaineers offense exploded for six runs in the second. They followed that up with seven in the third and six more in the fourth. They tacked on one more in the fifth to finish the scoring.
Fleming was once again one of the top contributors for Southern Vt. as she went 3-for-5 including a double and a triple. She also drove in five runs. Two other Mountaineers, McDonald and Lissa Marie Soler (Yonkers, N.Y.) also had three-hit games.
McDonald earned the win in game two as she pitched the five-inning complete game and struck out nine. Rose took her second loss of the afternoon.
Southern Vt. will try to continue its winning ways tomorrow when it travels to Mitchell for a New England Collegiate Conference doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.
Pine Manor will hit the road for the last time this year on Tuesday when it visits Daniel Webster for a two-game set starting at 4 p.m.
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