April 12, 2010

The Middlebury College men's baseball team dropped its home-opener on Forbes Field, falling to in-state foe Castleton by a score of 10-7. The Panthers left 12 men on base in the game, including a pair in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Trailing 1-0, senior Erich Enns (Lansdale, Pa.) tripled in junior Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) in the first inning to tie the game at 1-1. Castleton struck for four runs in the third, three of them unearned, taking a 5-1 lead. A two-run single to right center from Ted Mills was the key hit in the inning.

            Middlebury answered with three in the bottom of the frame to trail 5-4. Enns singled in senior Danny Seymour (Weston, Conn.) with a shot to right, while the Panthers scored runs on a groundout from sophomore Zach Roeder (Keene, N.H.) and a fielder's choice from sophomore Matt Wassel (Rumson, N.J.).

Castleton led 6-4 in the sixth, when they added a pair of runs on an RBI single to right from Ryan Zielinski and a wild pitch. Enns doubled to lead off the seventh, later scoring on a single to center by Wassel to cut the lead to 8-5.

            The Spartans gained some breathing room in the ninth with a pair of runs. Cameron Curler doubled in a run, before Mills plated Billy Manley with a SAC fly.

            Middlebury left two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, plating a pair with a bases loaded walk from rookie Michael Morris (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and a balk.

            Tyler Erickson earned the win to improve to 2-2 with four innings of work for Castleton. Middlebury junior starter Scooter Scott (Marlboro, Vt.) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing five runs, two earned, over three innings.

            Enns finished the day 3-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two driven in. Wassel also had a pair of hits with two RBI. Zielinski paced Castleton with a 3-5 day, scoring two, while Milles went 1-4 with three runs driven in.

Middlebury scored 13 runs in the first three innings and never looked back, on its way to a 15-7 win over Plymouth State on Forbes Field. The Panthers pounded out 16 hits in game that was delayed 38 minutes due to rain and ended after 7 ½ innings due to darkness.

            The first six batters reached for Middlebury before the rain delay. McKillop plated junior Tyler Wark (Burlington, Vt.) with a single to center, before Enns singled down the left field line to score Seymour. Rookie Joseph Conway (Hummelstown, Pa.) plated Enns, before Morris belted a double to left, scoring Conway.

            Plymouth answered in the top of the second when Joe Eramo ripped a three-run triple to right center to make it a 5-3 game. An RBI single to short by Seymour in the bottom of the inning plated Wark to make it 6-3.

            Plymouth struck for two more runs in the third, with a two-run double to left center by Grant Livingston delivering Matt Koban and Dan Eagan for a pair of unearned runs.

            Leading by one, a seven-run third inning gave Middlebury a 13-5 lead after three innings of play. Wark hit a two-run single to left in the inning, while McKillop plated three with a double to right center. Enns later drove in McKillop, while Morris plated Enns with a single to right for the seventh run of the inning.

            A two-run double to right center by Conway in the fifth would be Middlebury's final runs, as Plymouth added a pair in the eighth.

Sophomore Peter Kinchley (Swampscott, Mass.) threw two innings of one-hit relief to pick up his first win of the season, while Joe Hudson fell to 0-4. Rookies John Popkowski (new York, N.Y.) and John Wiet (Morristown, N.J.) each threw an inning of scoreless relief for Middlebury.

            Wark had a 3-4 day for Middlebury with a double, three runs scored and two RBI to improve his average to .667 (10-15) on the season. McKillop had another three-hit game, going 3-4 with a double, three runs and four driven in. Enns also belted three hits in four appearances, scoring three times with two RBI. Conway and Morris each picked up a pair of hits in the win.

            Bowdoin took game one of a three-game series with Middlebury, earning a 7-3 victory in the first game on Forbes Field.

            Bowdoin held a 3-2 lead after two innings, as the teams settled down for scoreless middle innings. RBI bases loaded singles by Matt Ruane and Jordan Edgett gave Bowdoin a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Adam Marquit followed with a SAC fly to right to make it a 3-0 contest.

Middlebury answered in the bottom of the inning, as Conway led off with a blast to left center for his second homer of the season. A bases loaded walk by junior Joey Liberator (Avon, Conn.) scored Roeder, who had walked, making it a 3-2 game. The Panthers had the bases loaded with one out, but were unable to capitalize.

            Bowdoin gained some breathing room in the seventh, scoring three runs on four hits. A two-run pinch-hit single by Kevin Zikaras plated a pair, while Dan Findley plated Zikaras with an RBI ground out. Middlebury cut the lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the inning, when McKillop scored Wark with a SAC fly to center.

            Bowdoin added a run in the ninth to seal the win. Tim Welch improved to 4-0 on the season, allowing two earned runs and four hits over seven innings of work. Ben Higgins picked up the save with two innings of scoreless relief. Junior Nick Angstman (Williston, Vt.) suffered the loss for the Panthers, allowing six runs over seven innings to fall to 2-1 on the year.

            No Bowdoin player had multiple hits, as nine different Polar Bears had single hits on the day. Zikaras drove in a pair with one run scored, while Findley had two hits. Five different players had hits for the Panthers, including a double from Enns and a homer from Conway.

Bowdoin completed a three-game sweep of Middlebury, earning 21-6 and 14-13 victories over the Panthers (5-11) on Forbes Field Sunday afternoon. The Polar Bears improve to 19-5 on the season, with 10 wins in their last 12 games.

Bowdoin scored their highest run total in over four years in their game one victory, as they scored 17 runs in the first four innings en route to the 21-6 win. Kevin Zikaras led the Polar Bear attack with three hits and six RBI while Brendan Garner had three hits, including a pair of doubles, three RBI, three runs scored and three stolen bases. Brett Gorman reached base four times and scored four runs in support of starter Oliver Van Zant (5-0), who tossed five innings and struck out five, allowing two earned runs.

Enns had a team-high three hits, including a double, and two runs scored for the Panthers. Wiet was chased after 1.2 innings and seven earned runs, falling to 0-2 on the season.

            Trailing 4-3 in game two, Middlebury struck for seven runs in the fifth behind six hits, while leaving the bases loaded. SAC flies from Enns and Wark, an RBI single from first-year player Thomas Driscoll (New Canaan, Conn.) and a two-run single through the left side by senior Peter Baumann (Denver, Colo.) sparked the inning.

Bowdoin trailed 10-4 in the seventh, before striking for a seven-run inning of their own. Two-run doubles by Tim Welch and Adam Marquit were the big blows for the Polar Bears, as they took an 11-10 lead.

Middlebury tied the game in the bottom of the inning, before Bowdoin struck for three in the ninth, behind a two-run double to right center by Gorman. Middlebury trailed by three heading into the bottom of ninth, when Driscoll plated sophomore pinch runner Will Baine (Rye, N.Y.), before rookie Andrew Lind (Carlisle, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch. The Panthers had a runner at third with one out, but were unable to tie the game.

Eric Chenelle picked up his first win of the season with one inning of scoreless relief, while Joe Comizio notched his second save. First-year pitcher Michael Joseph (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) suffered his first loss of the year for Middlebury, striking out six over 2.2 innings, allowing three runs.

Gorman went 5-6 in the game with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI. Four other Bowdoin players had multiple hits, including Welch, who went 2-3 with a double and two RBI.

Driscoll led the Panthers with four hits in five at-bats, including a double, triple and three RBI. Baumann was 2-5 with three RBI, while Enns and rookie Thomas Rafferty (Chicago, Ill.) each had a pair of hits and two runs scored.

• Baseball record: 5-11

• Up next: 4/13 @ St. Michael's, 4/16 vs. Amherst - 4:00, 4/17 vs. Amherst x2 - 12:00