April 1, 2013

The Middlebury baseball team opened up its season with its annual spring break trip to Tucson, Arizona. The Panthers opened the season against Oberlin, falling 9-4 and 14-11. In game one, Oberlin opened up the game with three in the seventh on its way to the 9-4 win. Senior Michael Morris (Scarsdale, N.Y.) went 3-4 with a double and two runs driven in, while sophomore Dylan Sinnickson (Sands Point, N.Y.) was 3-4 with a double. Senior Tom Rafferty (Chicago, Ill.) had two hits in the game, including a two-bagger.

In game two, Middlebury plated nine runs in the first inning on seven hits, but could not hold on. Middlebury led 11-5 after three innings and gave up eight runs in the sixth inning to suffer the loss. Junior Alex Kelly (Rockville, Md.) went 3-4 with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored. Morris was 3-3 with a double and three RBI, while Sinnickson belted a grand slam homer in the top of the first inning.

The Panthers earned their first win of the season with a 19-run, 20-hit game, handing Carleton a 19-8 loss. Middlebury struck for six runs in the first and sixth innings, adding four runs in the eighth. Sophomore Mark Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) earned the win in relief with 4.1 innings of two-hit, scoreless relief. Rookie Max Araya (Redding, Conn.) went 4-5 in the game with three doubles, four RBI and three runs scored. Kelly was 3-5 with two doubles, while senior Thomas Driscoll (New Canaan, Conn.) went 3-4 with four runs scored. Morris finished the game 3-6 with three runs scored and three RBI.

Middlebury was in action with four more games during its spring trip to Tuscon, Arizona. The Panthers dropped a pair of games to St. John’s, 17-3 and 10-4. In game one, Sinnickson went 3-4 with a triple and a homer, driving in a pair of runs. Rafferty was 2-4 in the game with a double. Game two saw Sinnickson go 2-3 with a double, while Araya also hit a double.

The Panthers bounced back with a 13-6 win over Lewis and Clark the following day. Middlebury bounced out 19 hits in the win, scoring runs in innings 4-8. Sophomore Sean McQuillan (Andover, Mass.) was 4-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, Rafferty finished the game 3-5 with a double and two RBI, while Driscoll went 3-6 with two driven in. Kelly had a double, triple and drove in three while scoring twice, while rookie John Luke (Richmond, Va.) went 3-4 with a double and three runs scored. Senior Tyler Buckingham (Montclair, N.J.) picked up the win with seven innings of work.

Middlebury gave up five runs in the third and could not get back into the game on its way to a 14-3 loss to Carleton. Morris went 3-5, while Driscoll had a pair of hits.

Middlebury dropped their opening NESCAC West series to Williams, 2-1. The three-game set was played at the end of each school's spring break trip to Arizona. The Panthers took game one of the series by a score of 9-3 on Friday. The Ephs battled back on Saturday, taking 5-2 and 11-2 decisions to take the series.

In game one, sophomore Eric Truss (Port Washington, N.Y.) threw a nine-inning complete game as the Panthers picked up the 9-3 win. Middlebury held a 4-0 lead after two innings and added some late insurance on its way to the win. Kelly went 3-5 with a double, while Driscoll was 2-5 with a double, two runs and two RBI. Senior Andrew Lind (Carlisle, Mass.) was 2-4 with a homer, two runs scored and two driven in.

In game one of a doubleheader, Williams plated three runs in the sixth to break up a 3-3 game on its way to a 5-2 victory in a seven-inning game. Kelly and Morris both went 2-4 in the contest.

The Ephs scored five times in the first inning of game two of the twinbill, on their way to the 11-2 win. Driscoll went 3-5 in the game with a double, while Rafferty also hit a two-bagger.

• Baseball record: 3-7

• Up next: 4/3 vs. Norwich – 3:30, 4/5-6 @ Amherst