Baseball Tops St. Michael's, 8-2

April 3, 2007

Middlebury played its first game in Vermont as they Panthers picked up an 8-2 win over Saint Michael's at Doc Jacobs Sports Complex on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers scored four runs in the first inning and the Purple Knights never recovered as they recorded only three hits on the afternoon.

For Middlebury, Mark Shimrock went 1-for-4 with three runs batted in and a run scored, while Nick Lefeber collected two hits and two runs scored. Rob Palladino threw the first four innings, allowing only one hit and two unearned runs. Matt Joseph tossed three innings of one-hit relief to earn the win.

For the Purple Knights , Ed Fennessey went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Phil Jennette got the start and pitched three innings, giving up three hits and six runs. Alex McIntire relieved Jennette in the fourth inning and threw the final six innings, allowing two runs, one unearned, and striking out five.

Middlebury got on the board in the top of the first with a bases loaded triple by Shimrock, which plated three runs. Shimrock then scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0 after the first inning.

The Panthers added two runs in the second as David Miranowski walked, advanced to second on a hit by pitch and scored on a throwing error by the shortstop Gabe Broughton scored the second run of the inning as he reached on the throwing error by the shortstop, got to third on another throwing error and scored on a base hit by Noah Walker.

Middlebury added two more in the fourth, while Saint Michael's got its first runs of the game in the bottom of the inning. The Purple Knights loaded the bases, thanks to three-straight errors by the Panthers, and plated two runs on ground outs by Fennessey and Jeff McLaughlin .

The Panthers out-hit Saint Michael's five to three, while the Purple Knights made six errors to Middlebury's four.