Softball Earns First America East Win of Season

The Vermont picked up its first America East win of the year by splitting a doubleheader at Stony Brook last Monday. The Catamounts earned a 5-4 victory in the first game of the day, while the Seawolves came back to win 5-0 in the nightcap. Sophomore Megan Long was UVM’s hero in game one. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, Vermont let Stony Brook back in the game, giving up three runs in the fifth and the Seawolves tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. Long’s two-out single up the middle scored teammate Ashley Stebbins in the top of the seventh to give Vermont the 5-4 lead. Senior Angie Totaro retired the first two Seawolves batters in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Stephanie DiBiase singled to left to keep the inning alive. Totaro struck out Laura Bradford to end the inning and the game to pick up her second win of the season. The Catamounts belted out a season-high 10 hits as four different Catamounts registered two hits or more. Long and Stebbins led the offensive attack. Long went 2-for-3, scored two runs and drove in two RBI. She also smacked her third homer of the year in the to lead off the third inning. Stebbins also went 2-for-3 and score two runs for Vermont. Totaro (2-5) finished the day scattering eight hits and registering five strikeouts in a complete game. The Seawolves rebounded with a 5-0 shutout in the nightcap. Stony Brook had six different players record a hit, while the Catamounts managed just four hits and left seven runners on base. SBU opened the game up with a four-run third inning and tacked on one more in the sixth. Angela Andrews (6-9) earned the win, tossing a four hitter while striking out seven Catamounts. Kara Massey (1-4) was the losing pitcher, but gave up just one earned run and struck out seven for Vermont. The Catamounts improve to 3-9 overall and 1-3 in America East, while Stony Brook moves to 11-16 overall and 3-1 in the league. The UVM softball team’s doubleheaders at the University of Hartford on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 were canceled due to poor weather and field conditions. The two teams will try to reschedule for another date later in the season.