Baseball Splits With Hamilton

April 12, 2014

The Middlebury baseball team split a pair of NESCAC West games on Saturday afternoon at Hamilton, earning a 12-8 win in game one in eight innings, before falling in the second contest, 7-2. The teams will conclude their three-game series on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

In game one that was extended to eight innings, the Panthers possessed an 8-1 lead after two innings. The Panthers, who snapped a six-game losing streak with their game one victory, scored seven unearned runs in the first two innings (the Continentals committed six errors in the first and second).

Joe MacDonald singled in a run as part of Middlebury’s three-run first, as two other runs touched home plate thanks to Hamilton errors. In the second, Max Araya hit a two-run double, and came around and scored the Panthers’ fifth run of the inning on an RBI single off the bat of Greg Sigelbaum.

Hamilton came back to tie the game, scoring three runs in the fifth and four more in the seventh. Andrew Haser and Tyler Reinhold led off the bottom of the fifth with walks. Haser scored on a single by Michael Chiseri, and Steve LaRochelle followed with a two-run double. 

Kenny Collins and Chris Collins both hit two-run singles in Hamilton’s four-run seventh. Tyler Reinhold was hit by a pitch leading off the frame. Joe Jensen followed with a single to left center, and Chiseri hit a ground ball that Middlebury’s shortstop knocked down in the hole to load the bases. Kenny Collins singled to center to cut the Panther lead to 8-6, then stole second on the first pitch from Panther reliever Jake Stalcup. Chris Collins blooped a single over the shortstop into left center to tie the game.

The Panthers retook the lead when John Luke doubled in Kelly, who had walked to lead off the eighth. Jason Lock singled to score another run. One out later, MacDonald homered over the fence in left field, capping the visitors' four-run eighth with his first home run of the season.

Stalcup earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit.

Cole Dreyfuss pitched four innings of one-hit relief, keeping Middlebury off the scoreboard.

Chiseri finished with his second consecutive three-hit game. LaRochelle – who drove in Hamilton’s first run with a ground out – collected two hits and three-runs batted in. Jensen and Kenny Collins had two hits apiece. 

Kelly scored three of Middlebury’s 12 runs. Read, Lock and MacDonald had two hits apiece.

Ryan Wolfsberg and Andrew Haser both connected for their first career home run in Hamilton’s sixth-inning outburst in game two. Middlebury’s Eric Truss carried a three-hit shutout into the sixth and retired the first two Continentals before Chris Collins reached on an infield error. Wolfsberg followed with a home run over the left field fence. Two batters later, Haser connected for a two-run homer to left center.

Ryan Rizzo singled to center to lead off the Panther fifth and Alex Kelly doubled to left. Henneberger induced a ground ball to third base and a fly ball to left for the first two outs. He struck out Middlebury’s clean-up hitter on three pitches, and prevented the Panthers from adding to their 2-0 lead.

Middlebury scored single runs in the second and fourth. Dan Andrada hit a two-out single to score Max Araya – who led off the inning with a double – for the first Panther run. MacDonald added a run-scoring single in the fifth. Lock walked on four pitches to start the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a fly ball down the right field line before MacDonald’s one-out RBI single.

Hamilton (8-8, 1-4 NESCAC West) tacked on three more runs to seal the win. Zack Becker was hit by a pitch and stole second before coming home on a base hit by Jensen. After Chiseri drew a walk, Kenny Collins doubled down the line, scoring both runners.

Colin Henneberger improved to 2-0 with the win, striking out eight batters. He held Middlebury (3-12, 1-7 NESCAC West) scoreless over the final three innings, working out of a second-and-third jam with no outs in the top of the fifth.