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Panther softball drops NESCAC contests

MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Amherst swept a NESCAC West series from the Middlebury College softball team this past weekend, outscoring the Panthers by 21-1 in the three-game set, before the Panthers bounced back for two non-league wins on Tuesday. Amherst improved to 17-6, 6-0 in the league, while Middlebury is 8-7, 0-3 in NESCAC West. 
On Saturday, Amherst, now known as the Mammoths, defeated Middlebury by 11-1 in five innings. Amherst roughed up Panther starter Allison Quigley for 10 runs, eight earned, on 10 hits in three innings. All 10 runs scored in the third inning. Taylor Gardner pitched the final two innings, allowing just one unearned run.
The Panthers scored in the bottom of the fifth on a walk to Hye-Jin Kim and singles by Liza Tarr and Kati Daczkowski. Gina Pagan picked up the win for Amherst, allowing three hits and striking out 10.
On Sunday, the Mammoths win by 3-0 and 10-0. In the opener Panther pitcher Irene Margiotta tossed a complete game, allowing three runs in seven innings. Siobhan O’Sullivan doubled for Middlebury. Mammoth starting pitcher Jackie Buechler tossed four innings for the win.
In the nightcap, Quigley (3-4) took the complete-game loss, allowing four earned runs and fanning five, and Sarah Freyre doubled. Pagan (11-3) earned the win with four innings of relief.
On Tuesday, host Middlebury swept a doubleheader from The College of St. Joseph’s (0-6) by scores of 22-2 and 11-3, both in five innings.
In the opener, the Panthers exploded for 16 runs on 15 hits in the fourth inning to break open a 6-2 game. Erin Giles belted a grand slam homer and Daczkowski had a single and a double in an inning.
Margiotta (4-3) allowed two hits and no earned runs over four innings to pick up with win, striking out four. Gardner tossed an inning of scoreless relief.
Freyre poked five hits, scored three runs and drove in two, while Ally Doll tripled and singled and scored twice. Ali Della Volpe had two hits and scored four runs, Daczkowski drove in five runs with two hits and scored three runs scored, while Stone drilled two hits, scored three runs and drove in two. The Panthers tied a school record with 22 hits in the game.
In the nightcap, Gardner (1-0) picked up the win, allowing three runs, all in the first, and five hits over four innings, while striking out four. Quigley threw an inning of scoreless relief.
Melanie Mandell homered twice and singled for Middlebury and drove in five runs, while Giles (three RBI), Daczkowski (three runs), Della Volpe (three runs) and Tarr (two runs and a double) each stroked a pair of hits. 

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