Baseball Loses To Skidmore

April 30, 2013

Skidmore hurler Dan Brown pitched a complete game and the Thoroughbred bats accounted for 15 hits in an 8-3 win over Middlebury at Forbes Field. The Panthers (9-17) will look to rebound with a home game against Plymouth State on Wednesday, while the Thoroughbreds (14-20) host RPI in a four-game, Liberty League series this weekend.

After a leadoff single by Skidmore’s Geoff Green and a one-out double by Marco Baratta put runners on second and third, Panther hurler Dylan Kane settled in, getting the next two batters out, escaping the early scoring threat.

Skidmore broke a fourth inning scoreless tie when Mike Pannozzi crushed a two-run homer to right on a 3-1 pitch. Later in the inning the Thoroughbreds added two more with an RBI single by Green and an RBI double by Jeff Spindel for a 4-0 lead.

The Panthers responded with three in the bottom of the inning. After Michael Morris reached on an error, Hunter Merryman doubled Morris home. Alex Kelly followed with a single and Thomas Rafferty’s RBI single that plated Merryman. Max Araya’s SAC fly to center scored Kelly from third, making it a 4-3 game.

Trailing 5-3 in the sixth Andy Dittrich relieved Kane after Kane surrendered a lead-off double by Dan Johnstone.  After an infield single by Green pushed Johnstone to third, Spindel plated Johnstone on a SAC fly to left for a 6-3 Skidmore lead.

The Thoroughbreds added two runs in the seventh on one hit, a lead-off double by Jeb Clarke. Clarke reached third on the play and later scored on a SAC fly by Pannozzi. With two outs, Skidmore loaded the bases with a pair of walks sandwiched around a fielding error. Dittrich then misfired on a fielder’s choice at home allowing one run to score. During the play, Dittrich’s battery-mate, Andrew Lind, collected the errant throw and raced back to the plate, tagging out another runner to end the inning.

Brown got the Panthers down in order in the seventh. Middlebury’s Dylan Sinnickson reached on a bunt single in the eighth, but Brown enticed a pop-up and a 6-4-3 double-play to end any rally.

In the top half of the ninth with one out, Panther reliever Mark Dickerson, who entered in the eighth, got into a one-out jam.  A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases, but Dickerson enticed Spindel  into an infield fly, and struck out Marco Baratta to end the inning. In the final frame, Kelly hit a one-out double, but was stranded after consecutive put outs for the 8-3 final.

Green and Spindel went 3-5 for Skidmore, while Panozzi had two hits, including the homer and four RBI. Clarke finished with two doubles and two runs scored. Brown (1-0) went the distance, allowing three runs (two earned) while fanning four Panthers.

Sinnickson and Rafferty each had two hits, while Kelly added a single and a double. Merryman’s lone hit was a double, as he also had an RBI and scored a run. Kane (1-3) took the loss as the starter, giving up six earned over five innings with two K’s. Dittrich went two innings, allowing two runs (one earned), as Dickerson pitched the final two scoreless innings while adding a pair of strikeouts.

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