Middlebury Tops Wesleyan, 9-1

April 22, 2005

4/22/05 - Middlebury scored nine runs on 13 hits on its way to a 9-1 win over Wesleyan in game one of a three-game series on Forbes Field. The teams hope to play a pair tomorrow, with the first pitch slated for noon.

Wesleyan had several chances to score in the game, but left 14 men on base and had two thrown out stealing by Middlebury catcher Andrew Pavoni. Russ Budnick earned his third win of the season, lowering his ERA to 2.52 as he allowed just one run over seven innings, while striking out seven. Will Gordon took the loss for Wesleyan, allowing seven runs, four earned runs, and 11 hits over seven innings of work.

Middlebury jumped on the board early as  Joe Ramoin ripped a double off the left field fence in the first inning to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. An RBI groundout by Dev Talvadkar and an unearned run in the third gave Middlebury a 4-0 lead.

Middlebury struck for a pair in the sixth inning as they scored two runs on a throwing error, increasing the lead to 6-0. Wesleyan scored its only run of the game in the seventh inning asAlexander Brooks plated Jeff Maier on a groundout, after Maier led off the inning with a double.

The Panthers answered with a run in the bottom of the inning as Pavoni's double to left scored Talvadkar. Middlebury scored its final two runs in the eighth inning on an RBI single to center by David Riester and an RBI double to center by Ryan Armstrong.

Pavoni ended the day 3-4, while Riester, Noah Walker and John Lanahan had two hits apiece. Maier went 3-5 for the Cardinals, while Brooks added a pair of hits. Jack Britton threw two scoreless innings of relief.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />