March 30, 2009

The Panther baseball team opened up its season with 10 games played over spring break in Phoenix, Arizona. The season opened with a doubleheader split with Pomona-Pitzer, as Middlebury earned a 7-5 win before suffering an 11-6 loss. Sophomore Nick Angstman (Williston, Vt.) earned the win in game one, striking out three over four innings of work. Sophomore Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) went 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, including a pair of doubles and a homer. Senior Mark Shimrock (Lansdale, Pa.) was 2-3 in the game with a double, while junior Erich Enns (Lansdale, Pa.) and senior Andrew Matson (Coventry, R.I.) each doubled.

Pomona struck for 11 runs in the first three innings on its way to an 11-6 win to salvage a split. Eight different players had hits for Middlebury, with homers from Enns, senior Peter Bourdon (Simsbury, Conn.) and first-year player Zach Roeder (Keene, N.H.).

The following day, the Panthers earned a two game sweep of Colby, taking game one 15-14 before picking up a 16-11 win in the second contest. Middlebury pounded out 18 hits in game one, as the Panthers scored in six of seven innings, including three in the top of the seventh to win it. Enns went 5-5 in the game with a homer, double, four RBI and three runs scored. McKillop had a 4-5 day with three runs scored and a double, while rookie Matt Wassel (Rumson, N.J.) had two hits a double and three runs scored. Senior David Miranowski (St. Paul, Minn.) doubled twice in the game and drove in three, while Roeder also drove in three runs.

In game two, Middlebury scored three runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings on its way to the 16-11 victory. Senior Steve Shortle (Rutland, Vt.) picked up the win, striking out five over six innings of work. Wassel went 3-5 with three runs scored, while Enns was 3-4 with four RBI, three runs scored, a double and a homer. Bourdon had a 2-3 game with three RBI, two runs scored and a homer, while Matson went 3-4 with two scored and two driven in.

Southern Maine broke up a 6-6 tie with a run in the bottom of the eighth on its way to a 7-6 win over the Panthers. Shimrock went 3-5 with two doubles, while Enns was 3-4 with two runs scored.

Hamline won a slugfest over Middlebury 16-13, as the teams combined for 34 hits, nine of them for extra bases. McKillop and Enns each went 3-6 with three runs scored, while Bourdon was 3-5 with a double, three RBI and a pair scored. Matson also picked up three hits in the game.

Middlebury exploded for six runs in the fourth inning on its way to a 14-3 win over Thomas. Junior Matt Lowes (Houston, Texas) picked up the win, allowing no earned runs over four innings. Wassel went 4-5 with two doubles and six RBI in the game, while McKillop was 3-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored and two driven in. Roeder was 4-5 in the game with a double, home run and four RBI, while Shimrock had a pair of hits, including a double.

Middlebury opened NESCAC play in Phoenix with an 11-6 loss to Williams in game one of a three-game series. The Ephs scored runs in four of the last five innings, ending the game with 14 hits. Shimrock went 3-4 with a double and two runs scored, Bourdon was 2-5 with two RBI, while McKillop doubled and Enns tripled.

The Ephs won game two by the identical score, this time striking for six runs in the third inning, as Middlebury outhit Williams 11-10 in the game. Nine different players had hits for Middlebury, led by 2-3 days from Wassel and junior Danny Seymour (Weston, Conn.). Enns and sophomore Joey Liberator (Avon, Conn.) each doubled, while Wassel and McKillop tripled.

Williams earned a sweep as they scored four in the second and never looked back, on their way to a 9-2 win. McKillop went 5-5 with two doubles in the game, while Shimrock was 2-5 on the day.

. Baseball record: 4-6

. Up next: 4/1 vs. S. Vermont - 3:00, 4/3 vs. Wesleyan - 3:30, 4/4 vs. Wesleyan - 12:00 (2)