Baseball Splits With Wesleyan

April 5, 2009

Middlebury and Wesleyan split a NESCAC West doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Forbes Field in Vermont. The Cardinals (9-9, 3-2) picked up a 9-5 win in game one, while the Panthers (6-7, 1-4) came back to earn a 13-5 victory in the nightcap. The two teams will meet again at a date to be determined later in the season for the third and final game of the series.

Trailing 1-0 in the first, after allowing an unearned run, the Panthers struck for three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning, including an RBI single to center by Zach Roeder. Middlebury led 3-2 in the fifth when the Cardinals struck for three runs on three hits. A two-run shot to center by Drew Dominguez was the big blast during an inning that saw Wesleyan take a 5-4 lead.

The Cardinals added to the lead with four runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 9-4 advantage. Middlebury starter Steve Shortle gave up a double to Dominguez and a walk before being lifted. The Panthers bullpen was not able to keep it a one-run game as Garrett Lamborn singled in Dominguez and Kyle Weis later platted a pair with a single to center. Middlebury rallied in the bottom of the inning but could only score once on an RBI single from Danny Seymour.

Dusty Mones picked up the complete game win for Wesleyan, allowing two earned runs and striking out five over seven innings of work. Dominguez went 2-4 with a double, homer, three runs scored and two RBI. Derek Dettorre went 2-4, while Bizinkaukas was 2-3 with a double. Seymour went 2-4 to pace the Panthers, while Roeder drove in a pair.

Middlebury pounded out 15 hits in game two, including seven runs on seven hits in the fifth, as they picked up a 13-5 victory. Tyler Wark singled in Mark Shimrock in the first to give Middlebury a 1-0 lead. Shimrock plated Seymour in the third before Enns drove in Shimrock with an RBI double to make it a 3-0 game. Trailing 4-0, Wesleyan struck for four in the fourth, the big blast coming from Dominguez, who belted a three-run shot to left center.

Middlebury scored a pair of unearned runs in the fourth to make it a 6-4 game before blowing the game open with a seven-run fifth. Nine straight batters reached in the inning as Alex Blair and Tim Dillon each earned RBI singles before Seymour plated Blair with a double to left. Following an RBI single through the right side by Donald McKillop, Enns scored two with a triple to right center. Andrew Matson earned an infield single late in the inning, making it a 13-4 game. Wesleyan made some noise in the ninth, but scored just once on an RBI double to center by Julian Sonnenfeld.

Nick Angstman earned the win, striking out six and allowing four earned runs over seven innings of work. Matt Joseph tossed a pair of effective relief innings. Enns finished the game 3-5 with a double, triple, three RBI and two runs scored, while Seymour was 3-5 with a double, two driven in and two scored. Shimrock had a 3-4 game with a double and three runs scored.

Dominguez paced the Cardinals with a 4-5 game, including a double, homer, three RBI and two runs scored. Weiss went 3-4, as the Cardinals earned 11 hits in the game.