Middlebury softball off to a fast start

MADISON, N.J. — The Middlebury College softball team opened its season with four one-sided road wins. The Panthers will next play on Saturday on their annual trip to Florida.
On this past Sunday, the Panthers improved to 4-0 with 8-2 and 11-0 wins at Drew University.
The Panthers made it 3-0 in game one’s fourth inning, when Noelle Ruschil and Sara Tobias hit back-to-back solo homers, and then put it out of reach with a five-run fifth in which Jen McGann, Emily Moore. Melanie Mandell and Sophia Marlino doubled. Marlino doubled twice in the game, and Tobias scored twice, and Ruschil and Marlino each drove in two runs.
Irene Margiotta (2-0) picked up the win, striking out five while allowing one earned run over seven innings.
The Panthers won the second game in five innings. McGann (2-0) picked up the win, tossing a three-hit shutout.
Marlino homered twice, singled drove in four runs and scored three times. Moore had two hits and scored twice, while Mandell doubled in a run and scored twice.
The Panthers opened the day before by sweeping a twin bill at New Rochelle, 11-0 in five innings and 13-3 in six innings.
Margiotta earned the win in the opener, facing the minimum 15 batters, walking none and whiffing three. She allowing a third-inning single, but the runner was erased on a double play.
Leading the attack were Tobias, with three hits and three runs; McGann, with a homer, triple, two runs and an RBI; and Ruschil with two hits and three RBI.
McGann earned the win in the second game, allowing three runs on three hits in five innings, striking out three.
Six Panthers had multi-hit games, topped by Marlino, who homered, doubled, singled, scored four runs and drove in five; and Liza Tarr, who finished with three hits, two runs and two RBI.

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