Baseball Team Opens Season In Arizona

April 2, 2007

The Middlebury College baseball team opened its season by playing 11 games in Phoenix, Arizona over the school's spring break. The Panthers went 4-7 on the trip, sweeping a pair from Colby, while dropping two of three NESCAC league games to Williams.

Middlebury scored seven runs in the first two innings of the season-opener as they picked up a 12-4 win over Colby. Gabe Broughton went 3-5 in the game, Nick Lefeber was 2-4 with two runs scored, Erich Enns had a hit and three RBI, while John Lanahan hit a homer. Jack Britton threw five innings of one-hit ball to earn the win.

The Panthers defeated the Mules by the same score later that day, plating seven in the first inning. Noah Walker had a 3-4 day with two runs scored and two RBI, while Gabe Broughton went 3-4 with a pair scored. Lefeber had a pair of hits with two driven in, David Miranowski earned two hits and scored twice, while Lanahan had two hits with two runs scored. Justin Wright tossed four innings, striking out six to earn the win.

Middlebury suffered its first loss of the season as they were blanked 4-0 by Gustavus Adolphus. Lefeber, Walker and Mark Shimrock each had singles in the game.

The Gusties made it a sweep of the Panthers as they took game two, 11-4. Seven different players had singles in the game for Middlebury, while Lanahan drove in a pair.

Middlebury pounded out 18 hits and scored 14 runs as they earned a 14-7 win over Southern Maine. Lefeber went 4-6 with four RBI and two runs scored, while Walker was 3-6 with four RBI. Alex Blair had a 3-5 day with two runs scored and three driven in, Broughton went 3-6 with three runs scored, while Enns also had a pair of hits. Robert Palladino tossed four and a third innings to earn the win.

Middlebury pitching struggled the next day, as they suffered a 29-5 loss to M.I.T., giving up 33 hits on the day. Lanahan had a good day at the plate, going 3-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Miranowski also had two hits on the afternoon.

Oberlin scored four runs in the third inning and never looked back on its way to a 7-1 win. Walker went 3-3 in the game, while Lanahan had a pair of hits.

Middlebury scored two in the seventh of game two, only to have Oberlin return the favor to pick up a 7-6 win. Lanahan went 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Sam Timberg was 2-4 in the game.

The Panthers dropped the first of a three-game set with Williams as the Ephs scored two in the bottom of the ninth to pick up an 8-7 win in game one. Mark Shimrock went 3-4 with two RBI in the game, while Broughton, Lefeber and Blair each had a pair of hits.

Middlebury broke a four-game skid in game two of the series, as Jack Britton tossed a five-hit shutout for a 6-0 win over the Ephs. Enns went 3-4 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI in the win. Broughton, and Walker each had two hits in the victory.

The Panthers dropped the final game of their trip as they suffered a 7-5 loss to Williams. Lefeber had two hits, including a homer in the game, Shimrock picked up a pair, while Enns had two hits with a pair of RBI.

Walker hit .462 to lead the team over the 11-game trip, followed by Lefeber at .395. Lanahan and Enns hit .357, followed by Broughton at .326. Britton leads the pitchers with a 2-0 mark and a 1.38 ERA, while Wright is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

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