Offense powers Dean past SVC

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BENNINGTON — For the first three innings of the Southern Vermont College softball team's game against Dean College, it appeared the Mountaineers would be locked in a back and forth battle with the last time to get a crucial hit being ruled the winners.

Then the Bulldogs came to bat in the fourth inning and the whole complexion of the game changed.

Dean scored seven runs in the fourth inning and added eight more in the fifth to cruise to an 18-4 in five innings against SVC at Willow Park Thursday.

With the game tied 3-3 heading into the fourth, Karissa Menzinger started off the inning reaching on an error and a Makenzie Souza single put another runner on. Ali Nelson singled in the next at-bat to score one run and then Courtney Holden doubled to score two more. In the span of a few minutes, the Bulldogs had multiple-run lead and they wouldn't stop building on from there.

Dean went on to rack up seven runs on seven hits and were aided by a pair of SVC errors in the inning.

Things looked much better for the Mountaineers in the fifth, as they quickly grabbed two outs. SVC couldn't finish the job though as the Bulldogs strung together seven more hits with two outs and went on to score eight runs to put the game well out of reach.

Julia Whipple had the start on the mound for SVC and the freshman battled on the mound to keep her team in the game in the early innings.

She allowed Cambridge native Miranda Seacord to score on a fielder's choice in the first and two more runs to score in the second, but allowed just two hits over those two frames. Whipple was strong in the third as well, mowing down the Bulldogs 1-2-3 on a trio of grounders.

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After Dean grabbed the 1-0 lead after its first at-bat, SVC wasted little time knotting the score. Lead-off hitter Brandi Johnson quickly deposited a ball over the left field fence for a home run.

The Mountaineers grabbed their other two runs on a fly ball hit between center field and second base was misplayed and allowed two runs to score.

Johnson and Michaela Kelly both had two hits for SVC on the day. They both added a run batted in to their line.

Seven different players had multiples hits for the Bulldogs. Nelson was 3-for-3 for Dean, while Holden went 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

The team's played a second game Thursday with Dean winning 7-5.

SVC scored first, but the Bulldogs scored four over the next two innings. Dean added another run in the fourth, but the Mountaineers scored three to make it 5-4 after four.

The Bulldogs scored twice over the next two innings and SVC couldn't muster enough to come back.

The Mountaineers fall to 4-16 on the year.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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