Middlebury

Baseball Wins At St. Michael's

April 24, 2012

Middlebury scored seven runs in the final three innings and banged out 18 hits on the day on its way to a 10-5 non-league win at St. Michael’s on Doc Jacobs Field. The Panthers improve to 12-12 on the season, while the Purple Knights slip to 9-24. Middlebury returns to action at S. Vermont on Wednesday.

Junior Thomas Rafferty was 5-6 with three RBIs, two runs and a double for Middlebury, which had six infield singles among its 18 hits. Six players had two hits apiece, including senior Zach Roeder, who also scored four runs while knocking a triple. Classmate Matt Wassel had two hits and three RBIs, and sophomore Dylan Kane worked eight innings, yielding four runs and scattering 10 hits for the win.

Sophomore Alec Tice was 3-5 for the Purple Knights, who used wooden bats. Rookie Nicky Elderton had two hits, among them a triple, to go along with two RBIs, while senior Chadwick Estey and sophomore Nick Nelson both added a pair of hits. Rookie Don McGuirl walked twice in addition to singling. Sophomore Nick Myers allowed three runs in five innings, taking the loss.

Wassel's two-out RBI single in the third put the first run of the game on the board, as he dropped his base hit into shallow center field. Kane yielded only three base runners over the first four innings, and Roeder and Rafferty ripped back-to-back run-scoring hits to provide their team a 3-0 edge in the fifth.

Saint Michael's strung together three straight hits to begin the home half, with one striking a runner, leaving Purple Knights at the corners with one down. Sophomore Tyler Wild legged out a fielder's choice grounder, bringing the runner home from third to make it 3-1.

Wassel plated two more with a single in the seventh, but Saint Michael's put two on with one down while threatening to trim the four-run deficit. After a teammate struck out for the second out, McGuirl hit a grounder deep into the hole between shortstop and third base that seemed headed toward left field, but senior shortstop Will Baine ranged far to his right and tossed to third for an inning-ending forceout.

Two more Middlebury runs came home in the eighth, including one on a Rafferty double, but Elderton's two-run triple keyed a three-run bottom half for the hosts. Junior Collin Fishman's sacrifice fly produced a 7-4 score. However, three unearned runs scored with two down in the ninth for the visitors, with Rafferty providing another RBI single, before Tice drove home the Purple Knights' final run with a single in the bottom half. Saint Michael's stranded two to end the contest.

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