Baseball Takes Game One In 13

April 24, 2009

Andrew Matson singled in Mark Shimrock in the bottom of the 13th inning to give Middlebury a 4-3 win over Hamilton in game one of a three-game NESCAC West series. The two teams return to action on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead in the first when Danny Seymour singled up the middle and later scored on a hard-hit ball by Erich Enns that was misplayed by the Hamilton first baseman. The Panthers made it a 2-0 game in the third as Shimrock singled to right to plate Tim Dillon who led off the inning with a hit down the right field line.

Hamilton got on the board in the sixth as Gideon Clark singled and later scored on a shot to right from Alex Augustyn. The ball was misplayed in right, allowing Clark to score from first base. Justin Atwood plated Augustyn later in the inning with a SAC fly to tied the game at two.

Matson led off the seventh inning with a stand-up triple to right, scoring on a SAC fly from Peter Bourdon. The Panthers held the 3-2 lead until the top of the ninth when Hamilton scored an unearned run to tie the game. Atwood reached second base on an error and scored when Sam Choate singled to left. Later in the inning, Choate was thrown out at third on an attempted steal as Michael Matt missed a bunt. Matt singled in the at-bat, as did Pat Gennaco to send Vigneau around third towards home plate. Peter Bourdon came up firing in left field and threw out Vigneau to keep it a 3-3 game.

Middlebury threatened in the 10th as McKillop reached on a throwing error and advanced to second base with two outs. Shimrock followed with a rope to left center that was hauled in by a diving catch from Joe Buicko to send the game to the 11th.

Hamilton saw a single from Wes Mayberry erased by a double play to lead off the 11th, but still threatened as Choate was hit by a pitch. Vigneau followed with a double to left center, but Lowes forced a groundout from Matt to end the inning.

Shimrock belted a one-out double to left center in the 13th, followed by an intentional walk to Erich Enns. Zach Roeder followed with a walk to load the bases for Matson's late-inning heroics.

Nick Angstman threw nine impressive innings for the Panthers, retiring the first 10 batters he faced. He ended the game allowing one earned run, while striking out four batters and allowing eight hits. Matt Lowes improved to 3-0 with four innings of two-hit relief.

Max Foster tossed eight innings for the Continentals, allowing two earned runs and striking out a pair while allowing seven hits. Augustyn took the loss in relief, allowing a pair of hits and an earned run with four K's over 4 1/3 innings of work.

Shimrock ended the day 3-6 with a double, while Matson was 2-5 with a triple. Vigneau went 2-5 with a double to pace Hamilton, as Augustyn and Mayberry each had a pair of hits.