April 27, 2009

The Middlebury College baseball team had a busy week, with a pair of non-league games at home before hosting Hamilton in a three-game NESCAC West series. A four-run fifth inning propelled Middlebury to a 9-4 win over in-state foe St. Michael's on Tuesday at Forbes Field. The game was the 150th meeting of the two Vermont rivals dating back to a 2-0 Panther win in 1910.

Trailing 2-1 in the fourth, St. Michael's Tim McDonnell earned a lead-off walk from Panther sophomore starter Scooter Scott (Marlboro, Vt.). A two-out walk issued to Matt Beaulieu brought Ryan Reather to the plate. Reather laced a double to left center for two RBI and a 3-2 lead.

Middlebury responded in the fifth, scoring four runs off starting pitcher Mike Robert for a 6-4 advantage. Senior Tim Dillon (Dracut, Mass.) started the inning with a lead-off single, junior Danny Seymour (Weston, Conn.) followed and was hit by a Robert pitch. A two-out walk to junior Erich Enns (Lansdale, Pa.) loaded the bases for senior Peter Bourdon (Simsbury, Conn.), who blasted a bases-clearing double to left center. Rookie Matt Wassel (Rumson, N.J.) followed suit with an RBI double to right center, plating Bourdon for the 6-4 advantage.

Panther rookie reliever Dirk vanDuym (Madison, Wis.) replaced Scott in the fifth, allowed a run in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Beaulieu cutting the Middlebury lead to 6-4. vanDuym got some timely hitting from the Panther bats as Middlebury tacked on two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth for a 9-4 lead.

A pair of two-out RBI singles by Wassel and junior Peter Baumann (Denver, Colo.) highlighted the seventh as an Enns two-out RBI single in the eighth capped the scoring. Panther sophomore hurler Nick Angstman (Williston, Vt.) finished off St. Michael's in the ninth, sealing the win.

Sophomore Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) went 3-4 with a double and three runs scored, Wassel went 2-4 with a double and two RBI, and Bourdon added three RBI with his double to lead Middlebury.

vanDuym (2-0) earned the win for the Panthers, pitching four innings in relief, allowing just one earned run and scattering three hits. Robert (1-4) took the loss, going 6.2 innings, giving up eight runs, six earned for the Purple Knights.

Middlebury scored six runs in the first two innings and held on for a 7-5 non-league win over Plattsburgh on Forbes Field on Wednesday. Senior Matt Lowes (Houston, Texas) moved to 2-0 on the season as he allowed a run on three hits over five innings of work.

Middlebury sent 10 men to the plate in the first inning, scoring four runs on two hits with three runners left on base. Senior Mark Shimrock (Lansdale, Pa.) plated Dillon with an RBI single to right center to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Rookie Zach Roeder (Keene, N.H.) doubled off the fence down the left field line to plate McKillop, followed by a walk from Bourdon. Plattsburgh starter Dustin Currier was chased from the game, as Kevin Gent came on in relief with the bases loaded. Gent walked Wassel to score Shimrock, before hitting first-year player Murphy McCurdy (Basking Ridge, N.J.) to plate Roeder, making it a 4-0 game.

Following a 37-minute first inning, the Panthers struck for a pair on the bottom of the second. Enns drove in McKillop and Seymour with a single through the right side to give Middlebury a 6-0 advantage.

Plattsburgh chipped away with a SAC fly from Matt Burns in the fifth and an RBI groundout by Burns in the seventh. Middlebury came back with a run in the bottom of the seventh as Roeder singled through the left side to score Enns, who led off the inning with a double down the left field line.

Middlebury senior Steve Shortle (Rutland, Vt.) threw two innings of effective relief before being replaced by rookie Peter Kinchley (Swampscott, Mass.) in the eighth. Plattsburgh rallied with an RBI double to left by Matt Kelley and an RBI single to left center by Andrew Baio to cut the lead to 7-4. Erik Schwind plated Baio with a single later in the inning, to make it a two-run game. Kinchley gave way to senior Matt Joseph (Alexandria, Va.), who struck out Burns to end the inning. Joseph stayed strong in the ninth, striking out the side to record his first save of the season.

Roeder went 3-4 with a double and two RBI, while Enns was 2-4 with a double and two driven in for the Panthers.

Senior Andrew Matson (Coventry, R.I.) singled in Shimrock in the bottom of the 13th inning to give Middlebury a 4-3 win over Hamilton in game one of a three-game NESCAC West series.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead in the first when Seymour singled up the middle and later scored on a hard-hit ball by Enns that was misplayed by the Hamilton first baseman. The Panthers made it a 2-0 game in the third as Shimrock singled to right to plate Dillon who led off the inning with a hit down the right field line.

Hamilton got on the board in the sixth as Gideon Clark singled and later scored on a shot to right from Alex Augustyn. The ball was misplayed in right, allowing Clark to score from first base. Justin Atwood plated Augustyn later in the inning with a SAC fly to tied the game at two.

Matson led off the seventh inning with a stand-up triple to right, scoring on a SAC fly from Bourdon. The Panthers held the 3-2 lead until the top of the ninth when Hamilton scored an unearned run to tie the game. Atwood reached second base on an error and scored when Sam Choate singled to left. Later in the inning, Choate was thrown out at third on an attempted steal as Michael Matt missed a bunt. Matt singled in the at-bat, as did Pat Gennaco to send Vigneau around third towards home plate. Bourdon came up firing in left field and threw out Vigneau to keep it a 3-3 game.

Middlebury threatened in the 10th as McKillop reached on a throwing error and advanced to second base with two outs. Shimrock followed with a rope to left center that was hauled in by a diving catch from Joe Buicko to send the game to the 11th.

Hamilton saw a single from Wes Mayberry erased by a double play to lead off the 11th, but still threatened as Choate was hit by a pitch. Vigneau followed with a double to left center, but Lowes forced a groundout from Matt to end the inning.

Shimrock belted a one-out double to left center in the 13th, followed by an intentional walk to Enns. Roeder followed with a walk to load the bases for Matson's late-inning heroics.

Angstman threw nine impressive innings for the Panthers, retiring the first 10 batters he faced. He ended the game allowing one earned run, while striking out four batters and allowing eight hits. Lowes improved to 3-0 with four innings of two-hit relief.

Max Foster tossed eight innings for the Continentals, allowing two earned runs and striking out a pair while allowing seven hits. Shimrock ended the day 3-6 with a double, while Matson was 2-5 with a triple.

Middlebury and Hamilton split a pair of NESCAC West league games on Saturday afternoon, as the Panthers took two of three overall to win the series. Hamilton earned a 9-7 come-from-behind victory in game one, before Middlebury bounced back with an 8-6 win in the nightcap.

Middlebury took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game one, as Seymour doubled to left and was plated on a single up the middle by McKillop. Shimrock followed with a double to right to score McKillop, before Roeder drove in Shimrock on a SAC fly.

Hamilton answered in the second as Mayberry singled and later scored on a wild pitch. McKillop drove in Seymour with a triple down the right field line in the third to give the Panthers a 4-1 lead. The lead expanded to 6-1 in the fifth as Shimrock doubled down the right field line to drive in Seymour and McKillop.

The Continentals came back in the late innings, scoring four in the sixth and four in the seventh to pick up the 9-7 win. A two-run single by Clark with the bases loaded in the sixth cut the Middlebury lead to 6-5, before McKillop drove in junior Alex Blair (Salem, Mass.) in the bottom of the inning to make it a 7-5 game.

Hamilton's Vigneau and Pat Gennaco each drew bases loaded walks in the seventh to tie the game at 7-7. Clark drove in the game-winning runs for the Continentals, as his single to right scored two as all four runs in the inning were unearned.

McKillop went 4-4 in the game with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Panthers. Seymour was 2-3 with a double and two runs scored, while Shimrock doubled twice and drove in three.

Mayberry went 3-3 with three runs scored for Hamilton, Clark was 2-5 with four RBI, while Justin Atwood and Michael Matt each had a pair of hits. Michael Caruso earned the win in relief, allowing one run and three hits over two innings of work.

Middlebury jumped out to a 1-0 lead in game two, as Seymour walked and later scored in a single up the middle by Shimrock. Hamilton scratched across runs in the second and fourth on a doubleplay and bases loaded walk by Atwood. The Continentals plated three runs in the fifth, two unearned, taking a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the inning.

The Panthers rallied in the fifth, as Dillon walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and later scored on an RBI single to left by Seymour. McKillop singled down the right field line and Shimrock walked to load the bases for Enns. Nzaba Fonseca-Sabune came on in relief of Donovan Flint, as Enns greeted him with a lengthy grand slam homer to left to give the Panthers a 6-5 advantage. Enns wasn't done there, as he stepped to the plate in the seventh following a Shimrock walk, belting a two-run bomb to left to make it an 8-5 game.

Hamilton rallied in the bottom of the ninth, as Sam Choate singled to left and Clark singled to center before Scott was lifted for Lowes. Augustyn greeted him with a single to center to load the bases for Mayberry, who hit a SAC fly to right to plate Coate. Lowes was able to get Atwood to ground out to end the game, as the Panthers picked up the game two victory.

vanDuym earned the win in relief to move to 3-0 on the season, as Lowes recorded his second save of the year. Enns went 3-4 in the game with two homers, six RBI and a pair scored, as McKillop was 2-5.
. Baseball record: 13-15
. Up next: 4/28 @ Castleton, 5/2 vs. Wesleyan - 3:00, 5/3 vs. Bowdoin (2) - 1:00