Softball Team Returns From Florida

March 28, 2006

The Panther softball team went 4-6 overall on its annual spring break trip to Ft. Myers, Florida. Middlebury dropped its first four games, before bouncing back to win four of six to end the trip.

In the season-opener against Hamline, Middlebury took a 1-0 lead in the first on a single from senior Lauren Battaglia (Framingham, Mass.). Trailing 2-1, the Panthers tied the game in the sixth with an RBI double from junior Jennifer Williams (Scarborough, Maine). Hamline scored three in the seventh, with Middlebury only able to score one on an RBI single from senior Tory Glowacky (Blairstown, N.J.) in the bottom of the inning. The Panthers fell 5-3 as Williams took the loss. Glowacky, Battaglia and sophomore Katelyn Cannella (Pleasantville, N.Y.) each had a pair of hits.

The University of Chicago scored three in the third and never looked back as they picked up a 3-1 win. A SAC fly by junior Colleen Sullivan (Concord, Mass.) in the sixth was Middlebury's only run, as sophomore Brittany Burke (Medfield, Mass.) took the loss. Battaglia had a pair of hits in the game.

Worcester scored three runs in the seventh to earn a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Middlebury. Trailing 2-0, the Panthers scored three times in the third, led by a two-run single from Sullivan. Middlebury added one in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead before Worcester's comeback in the seventh. Glowacky, Sullivan and junior Susan Miranowski (St. Paul, Minn.) each had two hits in the game as Williams took the loss, allowing just one earned run.

Wellesley broke open a 2-1 game with five in the fifth on its way to an 8-1 win. Sullivan's RBI double in the fourth would be the only offense for Middlebury on the day, as Burke took the loss.

Middlebury broke through with 10 runs in game five, as they picked up a 10-2 win over Carleton. Trailing 1-0, Middlebury scored three in the third to take a 3-1 lead. The lead grew to 6-2 before the Panthers plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. A two-run single from Battaglia, an RBI double from Sullivan and a run-scoring single from Williams sparked the inning. Sullivan went 3-4 with two RBI, while Glowacky, Williams and junior Maura Casey (Garden City, N.Y.) each had two hits. Williams earned the win, striking out seven over six innings.

New Paltz scored three in the bottom of the seventh to pick up a 6-5 win over the Panthers. Casey gave the Panthers an early lead with a two-run single in the first inning. Glowacky drove in a run in the fourth, before the Panthers added a run in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead. Three errors in the bottom of the inning led to the loss, suffered by Burke. Canella went 4-4 in the game, Battaglia was 3-4 with two runs scored, Casey drove in three, while junior Ellen Sargent (St. Albans, Vt.) had a pair of hits.

Middlebury came back after a day off with an 8-1 win over Lawrence. A two-run single by Cannella in the second gave Middlebury an early lead. Casey made it a 6-0 game in the fourth with a two-run homer. RBI singles by first-year player Amelia Magistrali (Torrington, Conn.) and Casey in the fifth put the game out of reach. Sargent went 3-4 on the day, Casey was 2-3 with three RBI, while Glowacky, Magistrali and senior Katie Hurd (Fairfield, Conn.) each had two hits. Williams earned the win with 11 strikeouts over seven innings of work.

The winning continued as Middlebury picked up a 7-2 win over Bethel. The Panthers scored in five of seven innings, with a two-run single by Battaglia opening the door to a big sixth inning. She ended the day 3-4 with two driven in, Cannella went 3-4 with two runs scored, while Casey was 3-3 in the game. Burke picked up the win for the Panthers.

Southern Maine used an RBI single in the fifth on its way to a 1-0 win over Middlebury. Battaglia, Hurd and Magistrali had hits in the game, while Williams took the loss.

Middlebury bounced back to win its final game of the trip, a 2-0 decision over Plymouth State. Magistrali and Cannella each had RBI singles in the fourth to provide the offense. Hurd went 3-3 on the afternoon to lead the Middlebury batters. Burke picked up the win, striking out seven while tossing a one-hit shutout.

Battaglia led the team on the trip with a .438 average, followed by Glowacky (.344), Hurd (.333) Cannella (.314) and Magistrali (.308). Williams and Burke both went 2-3 for the Panthers.