Middlebury softball wins five of seven; 200 for coach
MIDDLEBURY — In recent play, the Middlebury College softball team won four non-league games before and after a weekend NESCAC West Series in which they dropped two of three to visiting Wesleyan. A sweep on Tuesday gave Coach Kelley Bevere a 200-129 record in her 10-season tenure leading the Panthers.
The Panthers this season are 13-8, 1-4 in the league, heading into a three-game set at home this weekend with NESCAC West foe Hamilton.
On April 13, the Panthers swept two five-inning games from host New England College, 15-2 and 13-1.
In game one, Ande Troutman led the way with four hits, including a homer, three RBIs and three runs. Ali Della Volpe had three hits with two runs and an RBI. Kati Daczkowski homered, singled and drove in three run. Taylor Gardner homered, singled and scored three runs and drove in two. Sarah Freyre also homered as the Panthers set a program record for home runs in a game.
Allison Quigley allowed a run on two hits over three innings. Irene Margiotta pitched the final two frames, giving up one hit.
In the nightcap, the Panthers launched three more homers, including Troutman and Daczkowski’s second homers of the day and a three-run shot by Carlyn Vachow.
Freyre added two doubles, a single, three RBIs and two runs, while Gardner doubled twice, scored three runs and drove in three.
Lane Dikeman pitched the first 2.1 innings, while Neve Stearns earned the win by logging the final 2.2 frames with five strikeouts.
On Friday, visiting Wesleyan (18-10, 4-5 NESCAC West) scored two unearned runs in the seventh to win, 2-1.
The Panthers took the lead in the fourth, when Erin Giles homered off winning pitcher Su Pardo, who tossed a complete game five-hitter and struck out eight.
In the seventh, Wesleyan scored on an error and two hits and a walk off Stearns, who tossed a complete-game five-hitter and struck out seven. A single by Angelina Massoia and a Pardo double plated the runs.
On Saturday, Middlebury took game one from Wesleyan, 6-0, but fell in the second game, 6-3. In the opener, Quigley (5-1) tossed a four-hit shutout, striking out four.
In game one, Middlebury scored four runs on four hits in the fourth. The hits came from Emma Hamilton, Giles, Siobhan O’Sullivan and Vachow, and Gardner and Hye-Jin Kim added RBI grounders. In the sixth, O’Sullivan tripled, and Vachow, who had three hits, doubled her home and scored on an error.
In game two, Wesleyan scored four unearned runs in the fourth to make it 5-0 on the way to the win. Stearns (3-5) took the loss, allowing five runs, one earned, and six hits over 3.2 innings. Margiotta worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run, and Quigley threw two scoreless innings. Pardo tossed a complete game two-hitter.
On Tuesday, the Panthers swept visiting St. Lawrence, 9-7 and 6-5. In the opener, the Saints (10-17) took a 5-0 lead in the third, but in the bottom of the third Vachow hit a three-run homer and Quigley followed with a two-run shot to tie the game.
The Panthers took a 7-5 lead in the fourth on RBI doubles by Vachow and Hamilton, but in the fifth Saint Emma Reakes poked a two-run homer to tie the game. Middlebury went back in front in the bottom of the inning on a Della Volpe RBI hit, and added an unearned run in the sixth.
Stearns pitched a scoreless seventh for her third save. Margiotta tossed 1.1 innings in relief of Quigley to earn the win.
In game two, the Saints took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Middlebury got one back quickly when Stern singled and scored on a wild pitch, but St. Lawrence made it 4-1 in the second. The Panthers scored two in the third on a Vachow RBI double and an O’Sullivan RBI grounder.
After the Saints made it 5-3 in the fifth, the Panthers staged the winning rally in the bottom of the inning. A two-out error allowed the first run to score, and Hamilton singled home the tying and go-ahead runs.
Margiotta (4-2) earned her second victory of the day, giving up two hits in three innings.
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