Baseball Ends Season At Tufts

May 6, 2012

The Middlebury baseball team wrapped-up its season, dropping a pair of games at Tufts on Sunday afternoon. A six-run first inning by the Jumbos in game one, and a Kevin Gilchrist shutout in game two, powered Tufts to the sweep, winning the seven inning games by scores of 6-4 and 6-0.

The double-header was the 2012 finale for both squads. Tufts finished at 22-12, while Middlebury ended the year with a 14-19 record.

Four of Tufts' six runs in the first frame of game one were unearned. During the inning, sophomore Tim Mitropoulos doubled and scored, sophomore Nate Izzo singled home a run and scored, and Tom Howard scored after a two-run double. Twelve Jumbos batters went to the plate in the inning.

That was plenty to work with for Jumbo starter Dave Ryan. He surrendered a lead-off home run to Panther senior catcher Zach Roeder in the second. Roeder then hit a one-out single and scored on a fielder's choice by senior SS Will Baine in the fourth making it 6-2.

Middlebury junior reliever Tyler Buckingham shut down the Jumbos after their fast start. He went 5.1 innings allowing just two hits and no runs. Only two Tufts batters reached second against him, including a lead-off double in the third by junior Eric Weikert whom Buckingham stranded.

The Panthers rallied to within 6-4 in the seventh. Junior Thomas Driscoll hit a two-run single that chased Ryan. With the potential tying run on first, Jumbo sophomore reliever Dean Lambert got a strikeout to end the game and get a save.

Ryan earned his sixth win, pitching 6.2 innings allowing six hits and four runs with six strikeouts in his final collegiate start.

Roeder was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI for Middlebury.

Game two belonged to Gilchrist, also making his final start. He struck out five and did not walk a batter while allowing six hits. The Panthers had bases loaded against him in the fourth, but he got a groundball double-play to end the threat. Otherwise, only one batter touched second against him.

Tufts again struck early, scoring all six of its runs in the first three innings. Senior Matt Collins doubled with two outs in the first and scored on Weikert's single. Senior Sam Sager smacked a two-run double in the second. Sophomore Max Freccia doubled home a run and scored in a three-run third.

Rookie Connor McDavitt finished game two 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI for the Jumbos.

Senior Dirk Van Duym also had a good relief outing for Middlebury. He pitched 3.2 innings allowing just one hit and no runs. Junior Thomas Rafferty and senior Matt Wassel each had two of Middlebury's six game-two hits.