Baseball Takes Game One From Wesleyan

April 19, 2013

Middlebury took game one of a three-game NESCAC West series with Wesleyan (16-12-1, 5-2), topping the Cardinals 4-3 on Forbes Field. Panther starter Eric Truss tossed a nine inning complete game, improving to 2-2 on the year. The teams return to action on Saturday, with a doubleheader beginning at noon.

The two teams both struck early, with lengthy innings through the first third of the game. Wesleyan scored in the first on a SAC fly to center from Chris Bonti to drive in Andrew Yin, who reached on a bunt single to third. Middlebury answered in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back doubles to lead off the game from Alex Kelly and Thomas Driscoll. Michael Morris followed with a two-run single to right to plate both runners and put his team up 2-1.

The Cardinals scored a pair in the second on four hits. Steve Moran singled to right and Ben Hoynes singled to left before they both advanced on a double steal. Eric Jones followed with a single to right to score Moran, while Hoynes crossed the plate on a SAC fly to right by Matt Sorkin.

Middlebury tied the game in the third on a double down the right field line by Hunter Merryman, driving in Morris, who singled to start the inning. The Panthers followed with what would prove to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Garrett Werner walked with one out and was moved to second on a SAC bunt by Kelly. Driscoll followed with a double down the right field line to give his team a 4-3 lead.

The game settled down until the eighth, when Wesleyan rallied. Bonti led off with a single to left and then moved to third after a throwing error allowed Jonathan Dennett to reach and move to second on a SAC bunt. Guy Davidson hit into a fielder’s choice as Panther second baseman Max Araya threw Bonti out at the plate. A short single to right by Steve Moran loaded the bases for the Cardinals with one out. Truss was able to get out of the jam with a pop out and a fielder’s choice to keep his team on top, 4-3.

The Cardinals went quietly in the ninth, as Truss earned the complete game victory with a pair of strikeouts. Morris went 3-4 with two RBI for the Panthers, while Driscoll belted a pair of doubles. Merryman finished the game 2-4 with a two bagger.

Donnie Cimino went 2-5 for the Cardinals, while Yin and Jones both finished the game, 2-4. Nick Cooney (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four runs and nine hits over eight innings with six strikeouts.

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