NEW LONDON, CT. >> The 2016 Southern Vermont College baseball team became the all-time winningest squad in program history after the No. 3 seed Mountaineers defeated No. 2 Elms College 5-3 in the opening round of the New England Collegiate Conference playoff tournament on Friday afternoon.
SVC put up a lone run in the top of the first and never trailed the rest of the way.
The Mountaineers added another single tally in the fifth before putting up three runs in the top of the seventh.
Elms came back with three runs of its own in the home half of the seventh, but the Mountaineers would keep the Blazers from getting any closer down the stretch to finish off the victory.
Mountaineer junior Dylan Angelo continued his spectacular season, moving to 7-2 from the hill as he struck out five and surrendered just five hits while going the distance; all of his wins this year have come in complete-game performances. None of his three runs allowed were earned.
SVC will now play top-seeded Mitchell at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in the winner's round.
A victory in that game would send SVC to the championship game on Sunday, while a loss will see the Mountaineers play right away at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against the winner of Elms against fourth-seeded Lesley University.
The win improves SVC's season mark to 19-18, surpassing the team's previous wins record of 18 set by the 2011 crew.
MAU girls remain undefeated
BENNINGTON >> The wins keep on coming for the Mount Anthony girls tennis team.
Against a tough division II opponent in Woodstock on Friday, the Patriots improved to 6-0 on the season with a 6-1 match win over the Wasps.
The Patriots won every singles match in the contest, starting off will No. 1 singles player Margaret Curtin winning her match in straight sets of 7-5, 6-1 to start the day off for MAU.
No. 2 singles player Grace Page needed three sets to win her match, taking the first set 6-3, then dropping the second set 6-3, but rebounded to win the tiebreaker 11-9.
MAU went on to win the next two singles matches in straight sets, with No. 3 singles player Anna Salem taking her match with wins of 6-2, 6-4 and No. 4 singles player Ally White taking both her games with 6-2 victories.
No. 5 singles player Phebe Hall won an thrilling three set match, coming back from 6-5 loss in the first set to take the second set 6-2 and then win the tiebreaker set 10-5.
In doubles action, the Patriots No. 1 doubles pair of Thea Pappas and Camryn Bentley won their match in three sets, coming back from losing the first set 6-4 to win the second set 6-4 and getting a 10-5 win in the tiebreaker.
MAU's only match loss of the day came with their No. 2 doubles pair of Kaitlin Banks and Brooke Young, who lost their match in straight sets.
The undefeated Patriots will next travel to face Brattleboro on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Arlington comes up short against MSJ
RUTLAND >> Close but not close enough was the Arlington baseball team against Mt. Saint Joseph Academy on Friday.
Down 2-0 going into the sixth inning, the Eagles were able to get within one of MSJ with an RBI single by Zach Rogers, but couldn't get any more across the plate in the inning and went on to lose 3-1 after MSJ scored an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning.
Freshman Jack Lane had his best performance on the mound this season for the Eagles, pitching a complete game in the loss, giving up three runs on three hits and striking out four to keep Arlington in the game.
"This was by far the best game we have played all season," said Arlington coach Tim Stewart. "Hopefully this game can help us moving forward."
With the loss, Arlington drops to 0-5 to start the season.
The Eagles will look to get their first win of the season when they host West Rutland on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
BBA sweeps Hartford
MANCHESTER >> The Burr and Burton boys tennis team improved to 3-2 on the season, with a clean 7-0 shutout win over Hartford of Friday afternoon.
No. 1 singles player Sam Cochrane won his match in straight sets of 6 2, 4-1 (retired).
No. 2 singles player Justin Tegen and No. 3 singles player Justin Walla both didn't lose a game, shutting out their opponents in both games 6-0, 6-0.
No. 4 singles player Nick Plants won his match with two 6-4 vicotires and No. 5 singles player Will Simmers won his match in straights sets 6-4, 6-2.
In doubles action, No. 1 doubles pair Uri Vall and Lorenz Uhl won their in straights sets on 7-6 and 7-5.
No. 2 doubles pair Michael Hollingshead and Aidan Shaw-Pigeon won their match by forfeit.
Overall the Bulldogs didn't lose a single game in the match.
BBA will have a rare doubleheader on their hands in their next contest when they face Fair Haven at Castleton State College on Monday, with the first match starting at 4 p.m.