Softball Sweeps Green Mountain

April 24, 2007

Middlebury won both games of a double-header against in-state foe Green Mountain on Tuesday. The Panthers won the first game 5-1 and rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win game two 6-5 in eight innings. The two victories improve Middlebury's record to 19-9 overall, while the Eagles fall to 9-6. These were the final regular season home games for Middlebury as the Panthers travel to Troy, N.Y. for a make-up game against NESCAC West opponent Hamilton on Thursday. Green Mountain travels to Johnson State for a pair of games on Wednesday.

In game one, both teams were held scoreless until the top of the fifth when Green Mountain's Melissa Wapshare scored from second base on a throwing error. Middlebury responded in the bottom of the frame, exploding for five runs on four hits including back-to-back RBI doubles by Allison Bard and Ellen Sargent. The 5-1 lead held up for Middlebury as starting pitcher Jennifer Williams did not allow an Eagle base-runner past first in the final two innings.

Sargent led the way for Middlebury going 2-for-2 with a double and one RBI. Wapshire was 2-for-3, scoring the lone run for Green Mountain. Williams allowed no earned runs and just five hits in the win, improving her record to 8-6 on the year. Brittany Kurtz took the loss for the Eagles, giving up six hits and striking out three.

Game two saw Green Mountain get on the board in the first inning. An RBI single by Brittany Holden plated Kaitlin Patros who hit a lead-off triple. Middlebury answered with a run in the second on an RBI single by Carolyn Davis, tying the game at one.

The Eagles scored four in the third inning, highlighted by a two-out, two RBI single by Wapshare, giving Green Mountain a 5-1 lead.

Middlebury cut the lead to 5-2 in the fifth before scoring three in the sixth. A one-out triple by Susan Miranowski scored two runs as Amelia Magistrali drove Miranowski in with an RBI single, tying the game at 5-5.

With neither team scoring in the seventh, the international tie-breaker rule was implemented in the eighth. With a runner placed on second base to start the inning, Green Mountain went down in order. In the bottom of the inning, Middlebury took advantage of the added base-runner when Miranowski hit a long RBI double, plating pinch-runner Kristin Maletsky for the extra-inning victory.

Eight of nine batters had hits for Middlebury, including Miranowski's double and triple in a 3-for-5, three RBI performance. Bard added an RBI triple for the Panthers, as Sargent went 2-for-3 with a double. Petros led the Eagles at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple. Brittney Burke got the win, pitching all eight innings, striking out nine, as she moves to 11-3 on the year. Holden took the loss for Green Mountain, going just one and a third innings.