Middlebury baseball wins three of four
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Middlebury College baseball team won three of four games late last week in Orlando, including two of three NESCAC West games against Hamilton.
The 10-5 Panthers (2-1 NESCAC West) have a busy non-league road stretch upcoming after a game at RPI played this past Wednesday. They play at Norwich on Thursday, two at Tufts on Saturday, and at Plymouth State on Sunday.
On this past Friday pitcher Colby Morris became the program’s all-time leader in wins as the Panthers topped Hamilton, 7-2. Middlebury broke open a 4-2 game with three runs in the seventh inning vs. Hamilton (8-9, 1-2 NESCAC West).
The Panthers used two wild pitches in the second and a Henry Strmecki RBI single in the third to take an early 3-2 lead. Andrew Gough added an RBI single in the sixth.
In the seventh Brooks Carroll doubled and scored on an error, and two more runs scored on an Andrew Hennings single to left, and a Strmecki sacrifice fly.
Morris moved to 3-0 by allowing one earned run and striking out six in seven innings for his 16th career victory. George Goldstein and Andrew Martinson tossed scoreless relief innings.
On Saturday Hamilton took the opener of a doubleheader, 5-1, and the Panthers rolled in the second game, 10-1.
Singles by Gough and Carroll in the third inning produced the only Panther run in the opener. Carroll finished with two hits. Michael Farinelli (1-1) took the loss, going 6.0 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Conor Himstead hurled the seventh, allowing two unearned runs on two hits. Gavin Schaefer-Hood (4-0) tossed a five-hit shutout for Hamilton.
In the nightcap the Panthers erased an early 1-0 Hamilton lead with three runs in the fourth. Gray Goolsby hit a two-run triple, and Hennings plated him with a sacrifice fly.
The Panthers tacked on four runs the next inning on two hits and two Continental errors for a 7-1 lead. Sam Graf had an RBI bunt during the rally, and Justin Han hit a sacrifice fly.
Ryan Hanrahan, Jake Dianno and Hayden Smith each produced run-scoring hits in Middlebury’s three-run seventh.
Han, Carroll, Strmecki, Smith and Graf each had a pair of hits for the Panthers. Colin Waters (2-1) picked up the win, striking out seven and allowing five hits in six innings. Alex Price hurled two shutout innings, and John Tipps pitched a scoreless ninth.
On the previous Wednesday the Panthers defeated Union, 9-3. Kevin Woodring homered, doubled, singled, scored twice and drove in a pair; Graf homered, finished with three hits, and scored twice; Gough went three-for-three, including a triple, scored twice and drove in a run; and Han drove in three runs with a pair of hits.
Bobby Sullivan (2-0) picked up the win with two innings of relief, striking out six. Starter Jackson Atwood allowed no earned runs through three innings, and Alex Rosario, Himstead and Goldstein each tossed an inning of scoreless relief.
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