College roundup: MCLA softball picks up win

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Rain kept the MCLA softball team from scoring its second consecutive doubleheader sweep on Wednesday.

The Trailblazers routed Southern Vermont 14-1 in a five-inning first game. The second game involving the Trailblazers and Mountaineers was canceled.

MCLA starting pitcher Morgan Watson gave up a leadoff single to SVC shortstop Lizzy Bench. Watson stranded Bench at third base, and then did not give up another hit. Watson walked five and struck out eight in her one-hitter.

The Trailblazers (5-20) scored two runs right out of the gate, thanks to a first-inning RBI double by Erika Quackenbush and an RBI single by Alex Romano.

Watson walked Nicole Matthews with the bases loaded in the home first, walking in Bench from third. That was as close as Southern Vermont (4-13) got, because the Trailblazers erupted for five runs on four hits and three errors in the top of the second inning.

When the game was stopped after five innings, the Trailblazers had scored 14 runs, 13 earned, on 17 hits against Mountaineers pitcher Shea Wilson.

Watson helped her cause by going 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in. Chelsea Coleman hit a two-run home run in the fifth and finished the day 3 for 4 with two runs scored and four RBI. Kayla Baker had three hits for MCLA, while Erica Quackenbush and Alexandra Romano had two hits each. Quackenbush scored four of her team's runs.


Williams College starting pitcher Kyle Dean was, in fact, awarded the win in Tuesday's victory over Skidmore, even though he did not pitch five innings.

Under NCAA rules, if a coach says before the game that he was going to use a large number of pitchers so the starter can not go the requisite five, the pitcher of record when the team takes the lead for keeps would get the win.

In Tuesday's case, that was Dean.


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