Baseball Opens Season In Arizona

March 31, 2008

The Panther baseball team opened its spring season with a trip to Chandler, Arizona. The Panthers played six contests before battling Williams in a three-game NESCAC west series.

In the season-opener, Gustavus Adolphus scored in the bottom of the seventh inning to squeak out an 8-7 win over the Panthers. Middlebury showed signs of not having played outside, committing nine errors in the game and allowing just two earned runs. Senior John Lanahan (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 4-4 in the game with two RBI, while senior Gabe Broughton (Barrington, R.I.) went 3-5.

Gustavus struck for four runs in the top of the seventh in game two, earning a 7-5 victory. Sophomore Alex Blair (Salem, Mass.) went 2-2 in the loss for Middlebury, while Broughton doubled.

Elmhurst scored five in the bottom of the seventh to earn a 12-11 come-from-behind victory. Lanahan went 3-4 with three RBI, while senior Nick Lefeber (Branford, Conn.) was 3-3 with four runs scored. First-year player Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) homered in the game, while junior Mark Shimrock (Lansdale, Pa.) drove in three with a triple.

The Panthers dropped their fourth straight as Elmhurst scored in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 6-5 win. Shimrock went 4-4 with two runs scored and a triple, while sophomore Danny Seymour (Weston, Conn.) had a pair of hits.

Middlebury picked up its first win of the season as they pounded out 20 hits on their way to a 17-5 win over Oberlin. First-year hurler Nick Angstman (Williston, Vt.) earned the win over five plus innings of work. Broughton went 4-7 with two doubles, while Shimrock was 3-5 with a homer and three RBI. Lanahan doubled twice and drove in three, while Seymour went 2-4 with a home run.

The Panthers made it two straight as they scored seven runs through the middle innings on their way to a 10-4 win over M.I.T. Senior Christian Hansen (Laramie, Wyo.) earned the win, allowing two runs over six innings on the hill. Lanahan went 3-5, while Lefeber and junior Peter Bourdon (Simsbury, Conn.) each had a pair of hits.

In game one against Williams, the Ephs scored six times in the sixth inning to pick up a 10-4 victory. Broughton went 3-5 with a triple in the game to lead the Middlebury hitters.

Williams scored in each of the first five innings of game two, earning an 8-3 victory. Lanahan had a double in the game, while Shimrock went 2-4.

In the final game of the series and the spring trip, Middlebury mounted a late-game comeback, but it wasn't enough, as the Panthers fell 11-10 to the Ephs. Seymour went 3-6 with two doubles, while McKillop doubled three times. Bourdon also earned three hits in the game, while Lanahan and sophomore Erich Enns (Lansdale, Pa.) each had a pair.

Bourdon leads the team in hitting after nine games with a .529 average, followed by Lanahan (.500), Shimrock (.444), Lefeber (.429) and Seymour (.385). First-year pitcher Scooter Scott (Marlboro, Vt.) has a 0.90 ERA over 10 innings of work with four strikeouts.