Middlebury

SOFTBALL GOES 8-4 ON SPRING TRIP

March 29, 2010

The Middlebury College softball team had a solid spring trip, winning 8 of 12 games with an 8-4 mark in Florida. Junior Geena Constantin (Pelham, N.H.) led the team at the plate, hitting .462 over 10 games, while also going 2-2 with a 1.77 ERA. Junior Ali McAnaney (Northbrook, Ill.) earned a 3-1 mark with a 1.73 ERA on the trip, while sophomore Ashley Higgins (Ridgefield, Conn.) was 3-1. Junior Megan Margel (Ridgewood, N.J.) hit .421 at the plate, followed by first-year player Jessa Hoffman (Golden, Colo.) at .387, sophomore Kira Gordon (Scarborough, Maine) hit .345, while junior Emily Burbridge (E. Greenwich, R.I.) came in at .343.

            The season opened with a 6-3 loss to Bates, as the Bobcats struck for three in the first inning. A SAC fly from Hoffman in the first, an RBI single by rookie Sarah Boylan (Danvers, Mass.) in the second and a run-scoring single by sophomore Alyson Downing (Rumney, N.H.) comprised the three Panther runs.

            Middlebury earned eight hits in their second game of the season, but it wasn't enough, as they fell 1-0 to Western Connecticut. Five different players singled for the Panthers, as McAnaney allowed one run over six innings of work. W. Conn. manufactured a run in the sixth to earn the victory.

            The Panthers earned their first win of the year with a 13-hit effort in a 6-4 victory over Wisconsin-Stout. A two-run triple from Boylan in the fifth and a two-run single from rookie Jessica Poracky (Ramsey, N.J.) in the seventh were the big blows, as the Panthers came from behind to earn the win. Higgins allowed no earned runs over seven innings of work to pick up the win.

            A three-run triple from Boylan sparked the offense in an 8-2 win over Colby. Boylan ended the game 3-4 with four driven in, while Gordon went 4-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. McAnaney earned the victory with no earned runs allowed over seven innings.

            Middlebury scored five in the first and four in the third on its way to a 10-6 win over Southern Maine. Margel went 3-4 with two runs scored and a triple, while first-year player Emma Katz (Northridge, Calif.) tripled.

            Trailing 1-0 vs. Bowdoin, Middlebury tied the game on an RBI single by Hoffman in the seventh to score Katz. Bowdoin answered in the seventh with a walk-off single to earn the victory. Constantin was solid over 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one earned run. Junior Nellie Wood (Hampden, Maine) singled twice for the Panthers.

            Middlebury held off a late charge by M.I.T., earning a 4-3 victory over the Engineers. A two-run single by Margel in the first and an RBI hit from Burbridge in the sixth would be all the offense the Panthers would need. McAnaney earned the win, as Margel and McAnaney each had a pair of hits.

            The offense exploded for 18 runs on 20 hits as the Panthers handled Morrisville, 18-1. Hoffman went 5-5 with a double, triple and four RBI in the game. Downing was 3-3 with a triple, four RBI and three runs scored, while Constantin went 3-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Higgins earned the win in the five-inning shortened game.

            Middlebury needed just one run as Constantin threw a four-hit shutout as the Panthers were 1-0 winners over Trinity. Hoffman was hit by a pitch in the first inning and later scored on an error for the game's only run. Four different players singled in the game for Middlebury.

            McAnaney tossed a five-hit shutout as Middlebury came away with a 3-0 win over Plymouth State. An RBI triple from Wood in the first and RBI singles from McAnaney and Burbridge in the seventh provided the offense. Wood, Margel and Burbridge each had two hits in the game with a triple from Wood.

            Luther scored five runs in the first inning on its way to a 9-1 win over Middlebury. Poracky had two hits for Middlebury in the game, while Constantin singled.

            The Panthers ended their trip with a 7-0 win over Allegheny, behind a five-hit shutout from Constantin. Hoffman blasted a two-run homer in the third, while she plated Downing with a double in the fourth inning to make it a 4-0 game. Middlebury added two more runs to secure the win. Constantin went 3-4 in the game, while Hoffman was 2-3 with three driven in.

• Softball record: 8-4

• Up next: 4/30 @ Skidmore, 4/2 @ Amherst, 4/3 @ Amherst