Softball Team Goes 4-4 In Florida, Sweeps Amherst

March 26, 2004

3/27/04 - The Middlebury College softball team went 4-4 in Fort Myers, Florida before sweeping a pair of NESCAC games from Amherst on their return trip north.

The season began with a 5-4 loss to Oneonta. Middlebury led 4-1 before Oneonta scored four in the sixth to pick up the win. Sophomore Victoria Glowacky (Blairstown, N.J.) led the Panthers with a pair of hits and an RBI in the game.

Middlebury took on Bowdoin later that day and came up on the short end of a 6-2 contest. Glowacky had two hits and an RBI in the game, including a double.

The Panthers earned their first win of the season as they scored two in the bottom of the ninth inning of an extra inning contest to pick up a 5-4 win over Bethel. Junior Megan McCarthy (Winter Springs, Fla.) went 3-5 on the day, while senior Michaela George (Ross, Calif.) had a pair of hits. Senior Lauren Bowe (Milton, Mass.) earned the win, throwing all nine innings.

Middlebury won its second of the day and of the season later as they blanked Lawrence, 4-0. McCarthy threw the shutout, allowing eight hits and striking out four. She also had a pair of hits, as did sophomore Kathryn Hurd (Fairfield, Conn.).

The Panthers faced Colby in a double-header and came up on the short end of 7-6 and 2-1 games. In game one, Middlebury scored two in the bottom of the seventh but it wasn't enough as they came up a run short. Hurd had two hits and an RBI in the game, while sophomore Lauren Battaglia (Framingham, Mass.) earned a pair of hits. In game two, Colby scored in the bottom of the eighth to pick up the 2-1 win. McCarthy went 2-4 on the day with a double.

Middlebury bounced back the next day with 10 runs in the last three innings on its way to an 11-6 win over M.I.T. McCarthy had two hits, including a triple, George also had a pair of hits and three RBI, while junior Lauren Guza (La Canada, Calif.) went 2-4. Hurd had the big blast with a three-run homer. Bowe and McCarthy combined on the win.

Against Thomas College, rookie pitcher Jennifer Williams (Scarborough, Maine) threw a perfect game in a contest shortened to five-innings due to Middlebury's 8-0 lead. Glowacky hit a grand-slam in the fourth inning, while McCarthy went 4-4 and Guza was 3-4. George also had a pair of hits and two RBI in the contest.

Middlebury returned north to take on Amherst in a NESCAC twin-bill last Saturday. In game one, McCarthy was solid, allowing no runs and four hits, while striking out eight in the 3-0 Panther win. Middlebury scored all of its runs in the sixth with an RBI single from Glowacky and a two-run single from Battaglia.

McCarthy got even tougher in game two, throwing a one-hit shutout, striking out four. Glowacky had two hits in the game, as did Hurd and George. (boxes)