Panther softball’s lone win is Coach Bevere’s 250th
CLERMONT, Fla. — The Middlebury College softball team won just once in six outings between Saturday and Tuesday, but the one victory was a big one — it was the 250th of Coach Kelly Bevere’s career. Heading into Wednesday games, Bevere’s Middlebury mark stood at 250-162-1, including this season’s 5-5 record.
The Panthers’ scheduled home games this Saturday and Sunday vs. Johnson and Keene State have been postponed.
On this past Saturday the Panthers lost twice, 3-1 to Thomas and 6-0 to Carleton.
Against Thomas (6-2), the Panthers scored in the top of the first inning, when Melanie Mandell doubled home Emily Moore. Mandell doubled twice, and Emily Moore and Liza Tarr each singled twice in the setback. Irene Margiotta took the pitching loss, allowing three runs, all in the fifth, on five hits over six innings.
Carleton improved to 8-2 with the shutout win over the Panthers. Margiotta allowed five runs in 2.1 innings, while Jen McGann yielded one run over 4.2 innings in relief. Olivia Bravo and Sophia Marlino each had two hits for Middlebury.
On Sunday the Panthers fell to Oberlin, 9-8 in eight innings, a game in which four errors proved costly, and to Miami-Hamilton, 13-7.
The Panthers rallied to tie the Oberlin game, 6-6, with three runs in the sixth on a Bravo single, doubles by Moore and Mandell, and a Tarr sacrifice fly. They then took an 8-6 lead in the top of the eighth on a Tarr sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.
But Oberlin rallied for three runs to win in the bottom of the eighth on two singles, a wild pitch and two errors.
Margiotta took the loss, throwing 7.2 innings with five strikeouts and allowing only two earned runs. Mandell went three-for-three with three runs scored and two RBIs. Noelle Ruschil also contributed three hits.
In the second game Miami-Hamilton led throughout after scoring six runs in the first.
At the plate for Middlebury, Marlino and Tobias each poked three hits, including a Tobias two-run triple. Caroline Thacker got the start and went five innings, surrendering 10 runs in taking the loss.
On Tuesday, the Panthers topped Buffalo State, 9-5, and fell 14-12 in the second game to Kalamazoo. Mandell poked five hits in the two games to reach 100 career hits.
The Panthers took a 6-1 lead vs. Buffalo with a six-run third, all with two outs. Mandell homered, Marlino tripled in a run, Tarr singled in a run, and Ally Doll capped the rally with a three-run double.
In the fourth, Moore singled, Ruschil doubled her in, and a Tarr sacrifice fly made it 8-1. A Mandell double and Ruschil single in the sixth added the final run. Margiotta (3-3) tossed a complete game with five strikeouts to earn the win.
Kalamazoo outslugged the Panthers in the nightcap, with Bravo taking the pitching loss in relief. Tarr, Mandell, Marlino and Ruschil drilled three hits apiece, and Moore homered, singled and scored four times.
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