Baseball Splits With Wesleyan

April 6, 2008

Middlebury earned a split of a doubleheader at Wesleyan on day two of a NESCAC West series. The Panthers picked up three unearned runs in the third inning as the rookie pitching combination of Nick Angstman and Donald McKillop limited Wesleyan to one run on seven hits in securing a win for the Panthers.

After Tyler Lohman reached on a dropped infield pop and Nick Lefeber singled to make it first and third to start the third inning for Middlebury, Gabe Broughton singled through the left side to give Middlebury the lead for good.

Wesleyan pitcher Louis Gabel, who allowed just six hits and no earned runs with six strikeouts, then fielded a come-backer but his throw to third for the force out was muffed, leaving the bases loaded. A ground ball double-play by Mark Shimrock brought in a run and Erich Enns capped the scoring with an RBI single up the middle. Wesleyan got one back in the sixth on a pinch-hit RBI double by senior Graham Douds.

With McKillop coming in to throw the seventh inning for Middlebury, Wesleyan did not get the ball out of the infield as the final three outs were recorded. Mark Shimrock ended the game with a pair of hits for Middlebury.

In game two, Wesleyan's Sargent entered the game in the top of the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs, getting Wesleyan out of trouble with a sharp infield groundout to keep it a 1-1 game. Jeff Bizinkauskas then knocked in Brice Kelly with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the frame on a double to left center, helping the Cardinals gain a split in today's double-header and take the season series with Middlebury, 2-1.

Sargent finished the game on the mound going 4.1 innings while yielding just two hits. He retired the Panthers in the ninth inning on three consecutive groundouts, one to second and two to short. Kelly had two hits for Wesleyan and scored both Cardinal runs. Drew Dominguez brought him in during the third with a single, tying the game.

Middlebury took the early lead in the second when Enns, who singled to left and moved to second on a ground out, crossed the plate on a single to left by Peter Bourdon. Christian Hansen threw 6.1 innings for the Panthers, allowing just two runs on seven hits, while Matt Joseph threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.