Middlebury baseball takes five straight

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College baseball team won four straight games between April 6 and 12 and their record stood at 12-7 heading into a home game vs. Lyndon on Wednesday.

NESCAC West rival Williams will visit this weekend with a single game set for 4 p.m. on Friday and a doubleheader on tap for noon on Saturday.

On Wednesday, April 6, the Panthers scored four times in the eighth inning to rally past visiting Union, 7-5. The Dutchmen dropped to 7-10.

Union took a 4-1 lead after two innings despite Panther left fielder Beau Root throwing out a runner at the plate in the first.

The Panthers got a run in the first on an Andrew Ashley sacrifice fly, and made it 4-2 in the third on an RBI grounder by Lucas Flemming, but Union added a run in the fifth when a runner scored on a double play. The Panthers pulled to within two with an unearned run in the sixth.

In the eighth, Mitchell Schroeder tied the game with a two-run single, and eventually scored the go-ahead run on another Ashley sac fly. Zip Malley later singled in an insurance run.

Alec Ritch pitched the ninth inning for the save, while George Goldstein earned the win with 1.2 innings of work.

On Sunday, the Panthers swept a doubleheader from visiting Colby, 16-5 and 15-5, bashing two homers in each game. Colby dropped to 12-5.

On Tuesday, the Panthers hit four homers, five doubles and three triples in a 25-6 victory over visiting St. Michael’s. Middlebury is the top home-run hitting team in the NESCAC with 31, a number that also ranks second in Division III in long balls per game.

Kyle McCausland drilled a three-run homer, Nathan Samii and Isaac Rosario blasted two-run shots, and Lucas Cai added a solo dinger.

Rosario also doubled, singled three times and drove in seven runs. Ritch and Sammy Smith each tripled and doubled; McCausland homered and drove in four runs; John Collins doubled, singled twice, scored twice and drove in two; Flemming tripled; and Baker Angstman doubled.

Seven Panthers pitched. Andrew Gatland picked up his first career win, striking out a pair in an inning of work.

Saint Michael’s scored most of its runs in the ninth inning on a Brady Perron grand slam. John Luke Cianciolo had four hits for the Purple Knights.

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