April 19, 2010

The Middlebury College men's baseball team picked up a mid-week non-league win over St. Michael's, topping the Purple Knights by a score of 15-10 on Doc Jacobs Field in Colchester. Middlebury's NESCAC West series vs. Amherst was rained out and will be made up on April 30th and May 1st. 

            Junior Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) went 3-5 with two runs scored, while rookie Joseph Conway (Hummelstown, Pa.) was 2-4 with a triple, double, three runs and three runs batted in. Senior Peter Baumann (Denver, Colo.) added two singles, driving in three runs, while senior Erich Enns (Lansdale, Pa.) also singled twice and stole his 37th career base, just one shy of the program record. Junior Scooter Scott (Marlboro, Vt.), the second of five Panther pitchers, was credited with the win, as he allowed two earned runs in three innings of relief.

            For the Purple Knights, senior Tony Bonvechio had a career-best four hits, notching a double and three singles, and drove in five runs. Sophomore Chad Estey added a double and two RBIs, while senior Matt Beaulieu singled and scored three runs. Senior Mike Robert suffered the loss, allowing nine runs in one-plus inning of work.

            Both teams plated five runs, and sent 10 batters to the plate, in the first inning. Bonvechio's bases-clearing double was the big blow for the Purple Knights in the frame, while the key hit for Middlebury in the inning was Conway's two-run triple.

            Middlebury took the lead for good with five more runs in the second inning, as the Panthers sent 11 players to the plate in the frame. Three Saint Michael's pitchers were used in the inning, and allowed a combined three hits, three hit batters, and two walks.

            The Purple Knights pulled to within 10-7 in the fourth without benefit of a hit, as Middlebury walked four and hit a batter in the inning. The Panthers, however, restored their five-run lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning, and Middlebury's last three pitchers combined to allow just three runs in 5.2 innings pitched to preserve the victory. 

• Baseball record: 6-11

• Up next: 4/20 @ Plattsburgh, 4/23-24 @ Hamilton