Wild Comeback Highlights Split With Mountaineers

Wild Comeback Highlights Split With Mountaineers

THE BASICS
Game 1 Score:
Dean College 22, Southern Vermont 21
Game 2 Score:
Southern Vermont 16, Dean College 11
Records:
Southern Vermont College (1-15, 1-3 NECC), Dean College (3-11, 1-3 NECC)
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Location: Grant Field, Franklin, Mass.
Time: 1:00 p.m.

THE LEAD:
In one of the wildest doubleheaders in school history, Dean and Southern Vermont combined for 70 runs and 12 homeruns as the two teams split a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.

Dean won the opener in dramatic fashion, getting a walk off homerun to take a back and forth affair, 22-21.

Then in the nightcap, the Mountaineers scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to rally for a 16-11 win to secure their first win of the season.

Game 1: Dean College 22, Southern Vermont 21
Freshman Makenzie Souza (New Bedford, Mass.) capped a wild contest with a game-ending homerun in the bottom of the seventh as Dean took an improbable 22-21 decision over the Mountaineers.

The contest featured 46 hits, 11 errors and runs scored in every half inning except the second.

Dean jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first inning and were in front 14-3 after the third but Southern Vermont rallied to close the gap with eight runs of their own in the fourth to make the game, 14-11.

Even after the Bulldogs pushed two runs across in the bottom of the fourth, the Mountaineers took their first lead of the game with six runs in the fifth.

Dean grabbed the lead back with two runs in the bottom of the inning but Southern Vermont knotted the score at 18-18.

The Bulldogs pushed three runs across in the bottom of the sixth in what looked like the game winning runs but once again the Mountaineers tied the game in the top of the seventh, setting the stage for Souza's heroics.

Every member of the Bulldogs had at least one hit with seven of them getting two or more, led by five from Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico).

Alexis Portales (San Antonio, Texas) drove in four runs from her leadoff spot, while Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) scored three times and picked up the win in the circle.

Game 2: Southern Vermont 16, Dean College 11
Down 9-5 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Dean College made a valiant rally, scoring five runs to take a 10-9 lead but in the end Southern Vermont had a rally of their own, scoring seven runs in the seventh enroute to their first win of the season.

In the fifth inning where Dean made their comeback, Alexandra Langhans (Naugatuck, Conn.) smacked a three-run homerun and Rios-Nevarez knocked in two more with a single.

The Bulldogs even tacked on an extra run in the sixth on a Courtney Holden (Bridgeport, Conn.) run scoring single.

Southern Vermont made their push in the seventh, getting those aforementioned seven runs with the biggest blow coming from Taylor Jarosz, who drove in the game-tying runs with a single.

Danielle Dumont (Nashua, N.H.) starred in the second game for the Bulldogs, going 4-for-4 with four runs scored. Langhans, meanwhile, drove in four runs of her own, while Emily Whelton (Dracut, Mass.) collected the first two hits of her collegiate career.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday when they visit Wentworth beginning at 3:30 p.m.