Baseball Takes Game One Over Amherst

April 18, 2008

Middlebury scored 14 runs on 14 hits and took advantage of seven Amherst errors as the Panthers picked up a 14-8 win over the Jeffs in game one of a three-game NESCAC set at Forbes Field. The two teams return to action on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.

Trailing 1-0, Middlebury struck for seven runs on seven hits in the bottom of the second inning. Erich Enns plated John Lanahan with a single up the middle for the first run, while Tim Dillon followed with an RBI double down the right field line to score Donald McKillop. Two batters later, Mark Shimrock cleared the bases with a three-run double to left center to make it a 7-1 game.

The Panthers struck for four more runs in the third inning, all of them unearned on a pair of Amherst errors. Nick Lefeber plated a pair with a two-run single up the middle, while Gabe Broughton drove in Lefeber with a single through the right side. Shimrock drove in the final run of the inning with a single up the middle to make it an 11-1 lead after three innings of play.

Amherst rallied in the fourth, as Josh Card plated Mike Neff with a ground-rule double down the left field line. The next three runs would come on an error, wild pitch and a ground out. Middlebury answered in the bottom of the inning with a homer to left center by Enns and an unearned run to hold a 13-5 lead.

The Jeffs chipped away at the lead with two in the sixth on a two-run bomb by Josh Card and one in the seventh on an RBI single from Evan Bruno. The Panthers scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on a SAC fly from Peter Bourdon.

Jack Britton earned the win for the Panthers on the hill, striking out 10 batters over six innings of work. Matt Joseph, Tom Sullivan and Donald McKillop closed out the game. Chris Edgar suffered the loss, allowing 11 runs, six earned, over 2 1/3 innings.

Lanahan went 3-4 with two runs scored, while Shimrock was 2-6 with four RBI. Nick Lefeber was 2-5 with two runs scored and two driven in, while Enns was 2-3 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI.

Card had a 2-4 game with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI to pace Amherst, while Brendon Powers was 2-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.