NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – A well-contested first-round play-in game saw the fourth-seeded Eastern Nazarene College Lions top No. 5 Southern Vermont College 4-2 Tuesday night in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) postseason tilt at the New England Baseball Complex.
After a scoreless four innings, ENC went in front with a lone run in the fifth. The Mountaineers pulled ahead with two in the top of the seventh—only to see Eastern Nazarene respond with three in the home half of the inning. The final six SVC batters would be retired for the Lions to move into the league's double-elimination portion of the championship tournament.
Southern Vermont finishes its final campaign with an overall record of 14-17-1—that being the team's most wins since 2016.
Mountaineer sophomore catcher Jason Marcello (Daytona Beach, Fla.) went 1-3 with two RBIs while junior pitcher Kyle Liddy (Oriskany, N.Y.) was also 1-3. Seniors Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) and Ryan Serrato (Whittier, Calif.) and sophomore Zac Cronk (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) all went 1-4 in the effort.
Liddy threw the first 6.2 innings on the mound—striking out six while taking the loss (2-2).
After neither side could cross the dish through the first four innings of play, ENC got on the board with an RBI-double to left-center in the fifth. Southern Vermont wouldn't go away, however, and took the lead in the seventh with two outs; Marcello doubled down the line in right for two runs to come around and put the Mountaineers on top.
The Lions quickly answered and scored three times in the seventh—the first run coming in on a double to the left field line before a wild pitch brought home what proved to be the winning run. ENC added a piece of insurance with a single to center making it a 4-2 ballgame.
Eastern Nazarene was able to close it out by sitting down the next sit SVC batters—four of those striking out.
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