Softball Sweeps Castleton
April 13, 2006
Middlebury took both games from visiting Castleton State 13-0 and 12-4 today as both game were shortened to five and six innings respectively due to score differential. The Panthers improved their record to 9-7 and will return to NESCAC West action when they host Wesleyan on Saturday for a two-game series starting at 11:00 a.m. Castleton falls to 12-6 on the year.
In the first game Panther pitcher Jennifer Williams allowed a lead-off double to Castleton's Lacey Dame but settled down to retire the next 13 batters. Middlebury wasted no time as they scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning without garnering a single hit as the Spartans made five errors in the frame. The second inning saw the Middlebury lead grow to 10 as they scored six more runs as Tory Glowacky ripped a two-run triple and Katie Hurd immediately matched that with an RBI triple of her own. Middlebury tacked on three more in the fourth to take a commanding 13-0 lead as the game was called in the fifth inning. Four Panthers had two hits in the game including Susan Miranowski, Allison Bard and Glowacky as they all chipped in two RBI as well. Williams earned the shut-out victory to even her record at 4-4 while Mary Galaske was credited for the loss for Castleton.
In the second game Middlebury pounded out 18 hits on their way to the 12-4 victory. The Panthers got out to a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Glowacky and Ellen Sargent. The Spartans regained the lead 3-2 in the second and added one more in the third on Anita Dixon's home-run blast over the left field fence that gave Castleton a 4-2 advantage. The Panthers fought back to retake the lead in the bottom half of the inning scoring five runs, including a towering three-run bomb to deep left-center by Amelia Magistrali. With a 7-4 lead the Panthers added one more in the fourth inning and four more in the bottom of the sixth to extend their lead to 12-4. The eight-run lead would end the game by NCAA rules of play. Lauren Battaglia went 4-for-4 in the second game as Magistrali was 3-4 with a double to go with her home-run and had four RBI. Brittney Burke picked up the win for the Panthers and improved her record to 4-3 on the season. Megan Robitaille took the loss for the Spartans giving up 11 earned runs in the game.