Record Setting Sweep for Baseball Over Hamilton

April 29, 2006

After winning the first game of a three-game series against Hamilton in record-breaking fashion, the Middlebury baseball team took a doubleheader today from the Continentals 6-2 and 13-0, respectively, to earn the sweep. The Panthers tied the school record for wins in a season with 20, against just seven losses with five games remaining in their regular season. Middlebury plays all five games this week, none bigger than Friday's NESCAC West make-up game at Wesleyan. With a win, Middlebury will be the top west seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament next weekend at Bowdoin. A loss would put the Panthers in third place and out of post-season competition.

A day after setting school records for at-bats (54), hits (27), RBI (25), doubles (7) and home runs (5) in a 26-2 dismantling of Hamilton on Friday, the Panthers jumped out in game one of the twinbill with two runs in the top of the first. After plating the first run of the game on a balk by Hamilton, Joe Ramoin hit a sacrifice fly to score Nick Lefeber for the second run. Middlebury added another in the second inning to extend their lead to 3-0. Hamilton scored a run in the fourth and the sixth inning to close the gap, 3-2. With two outs in the top of the seventh and final inning, the Panthers put two runners on base for Alex Casnocha, who launched a three-run homer to build a 6-2 lead. Hamilton went down in order in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.

Gabe Broughton was 2-4 with two doubles, Ramoin was 2-3 with a double and a RBI, while Casnocha was 1-3 with the home run and a game-leading three RBI. Justin Wright got the complete game victory scattering six hits, striking out five while allowing only one earned run.

In game two, the Panthers pounded out 15 hits including five more homers to cruise past the Continentals 13-0. Home runs by John Lanahan in the first, Noah Walker in the fourth, Sam Timberg in the fifth, Mark Shimrock and another by Lanahan in the seventh was enough run support for starting pitcher Steve Shortle. The Panther lefty allowed eight hits, all singles, over eight innings, striking out five and allowing no runs. Matt Joseph relieved Shortle in ninth and retired all three batters he faced, two by strike out, to end the game.

For the three-game series, Middlebury outscored Hamilton 45-4. Middlebury collected a total of 50 hits, including 11 home runs, as the Panther pitching staff allowed only two earned runs and struck out 22 for the sweep.