Baseball Ends Season With Two Wins Against Bates

May 6, 2007

Middlebury ends their baseball season beating Bates 12-1 and 10-5 on Sunday at Forbes Field. The two-game series was rescheduled from April 15. The Panthers complete their season winning 10 of their final 11 games for a 19-11 record. Bates drops to 6-21 and will finish their season with a pair of games against Fisher on Monday.

In game one, the Panthers struck early, scoring three runs in the first inning highlighted by an RBI double by Noah Walker. Middlebury added four more in the second, building a 7-0 advantage.

A third inning solo homer run to left center by Sam Timberg added to the lead. Bates scored their lone run in the fourth on a two-out single by Tom Beaton, setting the score at 8-1.

The Panthers added three runs in the fifth inning with John Lanahan's two-run single down the left field line. One batter later, Tim Dillon laced an RBI single up the middle for an 11-1 lead. Alex Blair capped the scoring in the sixth, with a towering solo homer to deep left center.

The Panthers had five players with multiple hits, as Nick Lefeber went 3-4 and Lanahan went 3-4 with three RBI. Walker went 2-3 with a double and two RBI, while Timberg had a pair of hits, including his round-tripper, for the Panthers. Bates' Brian Buckley was 2-3, while Alex Egelson's double was the lone extra base hit for the Bobcats.

Robert Palladino went all seven innings, giving up one earned run and scattered seven hits to improve to 4-1. Bates starter Benjamin Shwartz took the loss, going an inning and a third, allowing six earned runs.

Bates was declared the home team in game two. In the bottom of the first, Bates scored three runs on just two hits. With the bases-loaded, Panther starter Matt Lowes walked in the first run. A sacrifice fly by Egelson plated another, while an RBI single from Alex Maulucci scored the third run.

In the third inning, the visiting Panthers erupted for five runs, including a towering three-run homer to deep left field by Lanahan. Middlebury added two more in the fourth before Timberg clobbered his second home run of the day in the fifth, building an 8-3 lead.

Bates cut the lead to 8-4 on an RBI double by Tyler Maxwell in the sixth. Middlebury answered with two more runs in the seventh on RBI hits by Timberg and Blair. In the bottom of the seventh, Walker made his first pitching appearance of the season, striking out the first batter he faced before allowing consecutive singles. A sacrifice fly by Erik Hood scored Brian Mahoney to complete the scoring as Walker struck out the final batter to end the game.

Middlebury was led by Gabe Broughton's 3-5 game with a double and two runs scored, as Lanahan went 2-4 with the homer and a double to go with his three RBI. Timberg had a pair of hits including his homer for the Panthers, while Walker added a triple. Denis Hogan and Brian Buckley went 2-4 to pace the Bobcats.

Lowes pitched four innings for the Panthers, giving up three hits and no earned runs to go 1-0 on the year. Larry Hinkle got the loss, going two-and-one-third innings for the Bobcats.

Walker ends his career as one of the best players in Middlebury history. He tied for first in these categories: doubles (32), triples (8), walks (61) and is in first all alone in runs scored (101). Walker is second all-time with a sparkling .397 batting average and is second in hits with 135.