BENNINGTON — The New England Collegiate Conference announced on Monday its weekly award winners for the period ending April 10 with Southern Vermont College sophomore third baseman Rob Spatafore taking claim to the league's Baseball Player of the Week honor.
Spatafore continued his recent success from the batter's box over this past weekend, going 8-for-12 at the plate in SVC's series at Becker College. He had three RBIs and three runs scored as Southern Vermont won the series with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday. The sophomore had a double, a triple and his first collegiate home run to slug 1.167 for the week, his homer coming in a tight 4-3 win over the Hawks in Saturday's opener.
The third baseman extended his hitting streak to five games through Sunday, all of which have been multi-hit performances. In that stretch, he's batted .545 (12-for-22) with three doubles, a triple, and a home run for a .909 slugging percentage, adding six runs knocked in and five runs scored.
This is Spatafore's first Conference accolade and the third straight week that an SVC won the top award.
Spatafore and the Mountaineers return to the diamond this week with a busy stretch, playing eight games in five straight days. That run starts Wednesday when SVC hosts Daniel Webster College for a 1 p.m. NECC doubleheader at Bill Epstein Field.
Matthews, Bench honored
BENNINGTON >> On Monday, the New England Collegiate Conference announced its weekly award winners for the period ending April 10 with Southern Vermont College sophomore Nicole Matthews being honored as the league's Softball Player of the Week while freshman teammate Lizzy Bench was tabbed as the Softball Rookie of the Week.
Matthews' weekend was nothing short of spectacular as the Mountaineer went 13-for-14 at the plate in four games for SVC, helping the team go 3-1 in conference play. She tallied three doubles, three triples and a home run for a 1.786 slugging percentage, her homer in the bottom of the seventh on Saturday to walk-off with its first win of the year.
The sophomore captain totaled 10 RBIs and eight runs scored while working five walks to register a .947 on-base percentage. She had two triples and a double to go 3-for-3 in the Mountaineers' first game at Daniel Webster on Sunday, and she then had another triple and a double in the day-cap. Matthews additionally picked up her first two collegiate wins from the circle, grabbing one each day while striking out eight.
Bench had a weekend to remember for SVC as she batted .667 (10-for-15), raking a double, three triples and her first collegiate home run to turn in a 1.333 slugging percentage. She also had four walks while striking out only once in 20 plate appearances.
The rookie went 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI in Saturday's thrilling walk-off win over Wheelock College, and she then went 8-for-8 with 11 runs batted in and seven runs scored during SVC's doubleheader sweep. In the second game, Bench batted for the cycle to finish off her stellar weekend.
The two accolades are the first NECC honors for both players. Matthews' nod is the second Player of the Week award this season for the Mountaineers as senior captain Rachel Robtoy was selected as such on March 28.
SVC scores 41 runs in rout of Eagles (Sunday)
NASHUA, N.H. >> Carrying its momentum from a thrilling walk-off win on Saturday, the Southern Vermont College softball team went to Daniel Webster College Sunday afternoon and swept a New England Collegiate Conference doubleheader at Eagle Field by scores of 27-7 and 14-1, both games ending after five innings.
Mountaineer freshman shortstop Lizzy Bench had a career day at the plate, going 8-for-8 with 11 RBIs and seven runs scored. She had a double, three triples and a home run while completing the cycle in game two.
SVC took a 10-6 advantage after the second inning in the opener before adding five unanswered runs through the next two frames. The Mountaineers then threw up a 12-spot in the fifth for a firm upper hand that would be carried to the early finish.
Southern Vermont then had a slim 2-1 lead following the second inning of the day-cap before chalking up seven runs in the third to pull away. The visitors added another five in the fifth to take a comfortable advantage they would maintain through the Eagles' final turn at bat.
The Mountaineers (3-11, 3-3 NECC) are back in action on Tuesday, visiting Regis College for a league twin bill set to start at 3 p.m.
Sunday's pair of wins gives SVC a 12-10 edge in the all-time series between the two sides.
MAU needs umpires for baseball, softball
BENNINGTON >> Mount Anthony Union High School is looking for umpires for junior varsity and middle school baseball and softball games this spring. Please contact Athletic Director Tim Brown at email@example.com or 447-1899, Ext. 5 if interested. Games generally start at 4:30 p.m.
3-D Archery Competition
BENNINGTON >> The first bow-hunting competition of the season will take place on Sunday, April 24. Registration at the Catamount Bow Hunters is from 7 a.m. to noon and costs $10 for adults and $5 for youths. Little kids are free with a paid adult.
The club is on Fuller Road west, the first left past the Apple Barn on Route 7A.
Food will be available and members and non-members are welcome. For more information, call 802-442-3667 or go to their page on Facebook.
Horseshoe club tournament
BENNINGTON >> Beginning Monday, April 25, the Bennington Horseshoe Club will host its weekly league, which runs for 16 weeks, every event starting at 6 p.m at Upper Willow Park.
Sign-ups for the league will take place on April 16 and April 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. and a partner is needed for the league. The membership fee is $5 for the season and the weekly fee is $5 per player. Youth 6-12 is $1 a week and for 13-18 is $3 a week. The Club will also host its Spring Warm-up tournament on May 1, starting at 8 a.m. at Upper Willow Park.
Call 802-949-7094 or 802-440-6269 for more information.