Baseball Splits A Pair With St. Michael's

April 23, 2013

Middlebury’s Noah Bakker tossed a two-hit shutout in game two, salvaging a split for the Panthers (9-14) against in-state foe St. Michael’s. The Purple Knights (11-23) earned a 7-1 victory in the first game, while the Panthers were 7-0 victors in the nightcap. Middlebury returns to action on Saturday with a pair at Trinity.

St. Michael’s pounded out 11 hits in game one, scoring in four different innings on its way to a 7-1 win. Middlebury took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single to right by Tom Rafferty, scoring Michael Morris who had previously singled.

St. Michael’s scored four runs on four hits in the second inning, three of them unearned. The key hit in the inning was a two-run single to center by Alec Tice. The Purple Knights added a run in the third as Nicky Elderton doubled down the right field line and scored on a SAC fly from Tyler Wild.

In the fifth, Nick Nelson was hit by a pitch and stole second before scoring on a fielder’s choice hit to short by Wild. Jacob Begnoche doubled in Feeney in the sixth for the game’s final run.

Byron Brocar (1-0) picked up his first career win, allowing a run and five hits over five innings of work. John Mielke tossed two innings of scoreless relief for St. Michael’s. Dylan Kane (1-2) took the loss, going five innings while allowing six runs, three earned, on nine hits.

Tice finished the game 3-4 with a triple and two RBI, while Matt Feeney went 2-4 with a pair of runs scored. Begnoche was 2-3 with a double, while Elderton finished 2-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Rafferty was the lone Panther with multiple hits, picking up a pair of singles in four appearances.

Bakker was the story in game two, as he allowed only a pair of singles and a walk, facing 25 batters in the seven-inning contest.

Middlebury took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Hunter Merryman and Rafferty singled and later scored on a triple from Max Araya to right field.

Merryman doubled to left center in the third inning, plating Dylan Sinnickson and Thomas Driscoll. Morris walked and later scored on a ground out, while Merryman was driven in on a SAC fly to left by Rafferty.

The Panthers added an insurance run in the fourth when Morris singled to center to score Sinnickson, who earned a two-out hit.

Merryman went 3-3 in the game with a double, two runs scored and two RBI, while Driscoll was 2-4. Sinnickson scored twice in a 2-4 game, while Araya drove in a pair.

Jackson Morgan (0-1) took the loss for St. Michael’s, allowing seven runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings of work.

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