April 26, 2010

The Middlebury College men's baseball team dropped a non-league game at Plattsburgh before taking two of three from Hamilton in a NESCAC West series over the weekend.

            Entering the bottom of the eighth inning with a slight 2-1 lead over visiting Middlebury, the nationally-ranked Plattsburgh State baseball team came out swinging and added seven more runs to its total. Casey Mohrien shut the Panthers out at the plate in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his first save of the season and help secure a 9-1 victory for teammate and starting pitcher for the Cardinals, Matt Seymour.

            The Cardinals crossed the plate first in the fourth inning. Donny Coolidge singled through the right side to drive in Tory Bouyea from second base. Bouyea had led off the inning with a double to left center. Plattsburgh scored once more in the sixth before Middlebury finally answered back in the seventh when sophomore Will Baine (Rye, N.Y.) crushed an RBI-triple to center field.

            In the eighth inning, Plattsburgh racked up nine hits, including a double by Danny Roeser, and plated seven runs, all earned, to solidify its lead.

            Seymour pitched seven innings for Plattsburgh, allowing five hits and one earned run. He sat down three batters and walked four. Mohrien took to the mound in the eighth inning, faced seven batters, gave up four hits and struck out one.

            Crockett Pack was a powerhouse at the plate for Plattsburgh, going 3-for-3 with three runs batted in, a walk and a run. Bouyea, Roeser and Pat Shaughnessy all had two hits for the Cardinals, including one double apiece.

            Junior Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.), senior Erich Enns (Lansdale, Pa.) and senior Peter Baumann (Denver, Colo.) each went 2-4 for the Panthers. 

            Senior Matt Lowes (Houston, Texas) allowed one unearned run on four hits in six innings to lead Middlebury to a 13-1 win against Hamilton in a NESCAC West Division baseball game at Hamilton's Royce Field on Friday.

            Lowes (3-1) struck out three and walked two. Rookie John Popkowski (New York, N.Y.) pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Baine moved from shortstop to the mound to close things out in the ninth. Baine fanned two and retired the side in order.

            McKillop led Middlebury's offense with a single, two doubles and a two-run homer to left field in a five-run eighth inning. McKillop finished with three RBI. Enns hammered a two-run blast over the net in left field in the third inning. Junior Joey Liberator (Avon, Conn.) had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. First-year player Joseph Conway (Hummelstown, Pa.), sophomore Zach Roeder (Keene, N.H.) and Baumann collected two hits each as the Panthers racked up 17 as a team. Conway added his sixth double.

            Middlebury (7-12 overall, 3-4 NESCAC West) gave Lowes all the runs he needed in the third inning. Rookie Thomas Driscoll (New Canaan, Conn.) unloaded a one-out double to left center and scored on McKillop's single through the left side. Enns followed with his home run for a 3-0 lead. Conway kept the inning going with a single, and moved up to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch. After Roeder walked, Conway scored on Baumann's single to right field. The Panthers added one run in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and clinched the victory with five in the eighth.

            Hamilton and Middlebury combined to slug 13 home runs as the teams split a NESCAC West Division doubleheader at Hamilton's Royce Field on April 24. The Panthers take the series 2-1 as they enter their final week of play.

            Hamilton (8-22 overall, 1-11 NESCAC West) scored the first nine runs in the seven-inning opener and cruised to an 11-7 win. Middlebury (8-13, 4-5) exploded for 20 runs on 24 hits in a 20-8 rout in the nine-inning nightcap. The Panthers won two out of three games in the weekend series, as Middlebury breezed to a 13-1 victory at Hamilton on Friday.

            Max Foster worked around seven walks to pick up the win for the Continentals in the first game. Foster (2-3) allowed three runs on three hits and struck out two in 5 1/3 innings. Sam Choate blasted a pair of two-run homers, Grady Vigneau hammered a grand slam and Alex Augustyn singled, homered and drove in two runs.

            Junior Nick Angstman (Williston, Vt.) (2-2) allowed all 11 runs on nine hits, walked three and fanned four in five-plus innings for the Panthers. Baumann hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning and finished with three hits and five RBI. McKillop singled and hit his 10th double.

            Hamilton broke the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the third. Max Currier led off with a double and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Buicko. Augustyn singled down the left field line to drive in Currier. Wes Mayberry followed with a double and Kevin Prindle walked to load the bases for Vigneau, who took an Angstman pitch over the fence in right field. Dan Peters doubled to right center and one out later, Choate lofted a homer to left for a 7-0 lead.

            In the second game, Roeder doubled, homered twice and plated six runs to lead Middlebury. Conway went 4-4 with four runs scored and three RBI as Conway doubled and homered. Sophomore Murphy McCurdy (Basking Ridge, N.J.) went 4-4 with four runs out of the No. 9 spot in the order. McKillop had three hits and drove in three runs. Rookie Michael Morris (Scarsdale, N.Y.) homered, singled twice and drove in two runs. Senior Danny Seymour (Weston, Conn.) finished with three hits and Enns homered and plated three runs.

            Rookie John Wiet (Morristown, N.J.) (1-3) allowed six runs on 10 hits, walked two and struck out two in six innings to earn the win. First-year hurler Michael Joseph (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) struck out the side in the ninth.

            The Panthers held a slim 1-0 lead after two innings, but pounded out six runs on five hits in the top of the third. Walks to Seymour and McKillop set the stage for a three-run homer by Enns. Conway walked and eventually scored on Morris' infield single. McCurdy singled to right field and Baine drove in Morris and McCurdy with a double to right for a 7-0 advantage. Hamilton never got closer than six runs the rest of the way.

• Baseball record: 8-13

• Up next: 4/28 @ Skidmore, 4/30 vs. Amherst - 3:30, 5/1 vs. Amherst (2) - 12:00