Middlebury

BASEBALL ENDS SEASON

May 8, 2012

Castleton State broke open a 2-0 game with six runs in the sixth inning, on its way to a 13-0 win over Middlebury in a non-conference game on Forbes Field.

Leading 2-0, Castleton sent 11 men to the plate in the sixth, scoring six runs on five hits with a pair left on base. Mathew Pause scored two with a single to right, while David Brandt did the same with a shot up the middle. Ryan Zielinski plated the final run of the inning with a single to left.

The Spartans added three in the seventh on a single through the left side by Pause and a two-run single through the right side from Zielinski. Castleton tacked on two more runs in the ninth to pick up the 13-0 victory.

Derek Osborne moved to 3-1 on the season, picking up the win with four scoreless innings. Sophomore Dylan Kane (Sands Point, N.Y.) (2-1) suffered the loss for the Panthers, allowing seven runs over 5.1 innings of work.

Brandt finished the day 4-6 with two runs scored and two RBI to pace Castleton. Zielinksi had a 3-4 day with a double and four RBI, while Pause went 2-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

First-year player Dylan Sinnickson (Sands Point, N.Y.) and senior Zach Roeder (Keene, N.H.) each had two hits for the Panthers.

Middlebury dropped a non-league game on Thursday, falling to the Panthers of Plymouth State. The host school used six pitchers combined to limit Middlebury to seven hits in a 5-0 win at Panther Park. PSU pushed across single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and added some insurance in the eighth inning on a three-run home run by junior Rew Wilson.

 Rookie right-hander Michael Welch started for PSU and worked three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk.  Classmate Robbie Greenleaf pitched the next two innings, giving up three hits and ending up with his first career victory.  Juniors Ryan Wakefield and Jon Whalen, sophomore Aaron Loring and junior Kevin Allard each worked one scoreless inning the rest of the way, with Wakefield and Whalen allowing just a walk, Loring giving up one hit, and Allard finishing up with a perfect ninth inning.

PSU got on the board in the fifth inning on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice by sophomore Jeff Runnals, and made it 2-0 an inning later on an RBI single by Wilson. An error and a hit-by-pitch preceded Wilson’s second home run of the season to left field, giving the Panther hitter four RBI in the game.  Junior Brendan Cosgrove and first-year player Paul Reny also had two hits each for PSU.

Middlebury’s seven hits came from seven different players, with senior Will Baine (Rye, N.Y.) and junior Thomas Rafferty (Chicago, Ill.) collecting doubles.  Five Panther pitchers saw action, with senior Dirk van Duym (Madison, Wis.) taking the loss in relief. With three scoreless innings, junior Andy Dittrich (Woodbury, Minn.) has not allowed a run in 16 innings of work this season.

Middlebury fell 5-2 in game one but battled back for a 2-1 victory in the second game to earn a split with Bowdoin (22-16) on Forbes Field.

Beau Breton and Kyle LeBlanc singled in the third for Bowdoin, before being plated by a two-run single to center by John Lefeber.

Sophomore Alex Kelly (Rockville, Md.) and Roeder got things going for Middlebury with a pair of singles. Senior Matt Wassel (Rumson, N.J.) drove in junior Michael Morris (Scarsdale, N.Y.) with a sacrifice fly to right, while Roeder later scored on an error to tie the game at 2-2.

Lefeber led off the fifth inning with a double down the left field line for the Polar Bears. Jordan Edgett followed with a double to center to score Lefeber and give Bowdoin a 3-2 lead. RBI singles by Luke Regan and Oliver VanZant made it a 5-2 game in favor of the Polar Bears.

That was all Tim Welch would need as he improved to 4-1 with the complete game victory. Welch allowed six hits and one earned run, while striking out four. Junior Michael Joseph (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) took the loss for Middlebury, while Dittrich kept his ERA at 0.00 with a pair of scoreless innings in relief.

            Lefeber finished 2-4 with a double and two RBI for Bowdoin, as seven different players had hits in the game. Sinnickson was the only multiple-hit Panther, going 2-3.

Middlebury rookie Logan Mobley (Ross, Calif.) threw a complete game in the night cap, striking out six and allowing just two hits over seven innings of work to improve to 3-0. Lefeber moved to 1-3 with the complete game loss, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts.

Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Regan’s single to right scored Edgett who had walked. The Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the frame when Morris hit his second homer of the year, a bomb to left field.

The game-winning run came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Wassel led off with a single to left. Baine sacrificed Wassel to second and with no one covering third, Wassel headed for the extra base. A wild throw to third allowed Wassel to round the base and score, giving Middlebury a 2-1 advantage they would not relinquish.

Morris finished the game 2-3 with a double and a homer for the Panthers.

Middlebury wrapped-up its season, dropping a pair of games at Tufts on Sunday afternoon. A six-run first inning by the Jumbos in game one, and a Kevin Gilchrist shutout in game two, powered Tufts to the sweep, winning the seven inning games by scores of 6-4 and 6-0.

The double-header was the 2012 finale for both squads. Tufts finished at 22-12, while Middlebury ended the year with a 14-19 record.

Four of Tufts' six runs in the first frame of game one were unearned. During the inning, sophomore Tim Mitropoulos doubled and scored, sophomore Nate Izzo singled home a run and scored, and Tom Howard scored after a two-run double. Twelve Jumbos batters went to the plate in the inning.

That was plenty to work with for Jumbo starter Dave Ryan. He surrendered a lead-off home run to Roeder in the second. Roeder then hit a one-out single and scored on a fielder's choice by Baine in the fourth making it 6-2.

Junior Tyler Buckingham (Montclair, N.J.) shut down the Jumbos after their fast start. He went 5.1 innings allowing just two hits and no runs. Only two Tufts batters reached second against him, including a lead-off double in the third by junior Eric Weikert whom Buckingham stranded.

The Panthers rallied to within 6-4 in the seventh. Junior Thomas Driscoll (New Canaan, Conn.) hit a two-run single that chased Ryan. With the potential tying run on first, Jumbo sophomore reliever Dean Lambert got a strikeout to end the game and get a save.

Ryan earned his sixth win, pitching 6.2 innings allowing six hits and four runs with six strikeouts in his final collegiate start.

Roeder was 2-3 with two runs and an RBI for Middlebury.

Game two belonged to Gilchrist, also making his final start. He struck out five and did not walk a batter while allowing six hits. The Panthers had bases loaded against him in the fourth, but he got a groundball double-play to end the threat. Otherwise, only one batter touched second against him.

Tufts again struck early, scoring all six of its runs in the first three innings. Senior Matt Collins doubled with two outs in the first and scored on Weikert's single. Senior Sam Sager smacked a two-run double in the second. Sophomore Max Freccia doubled home a run and scored in a three-run third.

Rookie Connor McDavitt finished game two 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI for the Jumbos.

Van Duym also had a good relief outing for Middlebury. He pitched 3.2 innings allowing just one hit and no runs. Rafferty and Wassel each had two of Middlebury's six game-two hits.

• Baseball final record: 14-19

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