Softball Splits Pair Against Plymouth State

April 18, 2007

Middlebury split a double-header against visiting Plymouth State on Wednesday, losing game one 13-7 and winning game two 8-2. Middlebury's record now stands at 13-8, while Plymouth State's record is 11-10 for the year. Middlebury returns to NESCAC West play, hosting Wesleyan on Friday for the first game of a three-game series against the Cardinals. Plymouth State travels to New England College on Thursday for a two-game showdown.

Game one saw both teams combine for 20 runs on 28 hits, including 14 for extra-bases. Plymouth State scored a run in each of the first two innings before plating three in the third, building a 5-0 lead.

Plymouth State added another three in the top of the fifth inning before Middlebury scored two runs in the bottom of the frame, cutting the lead to 8-2.

In top of the sixth, a lead-off double by Plymouth State's Becca DiPietro was followed by a double by Sammi Romano, plating DiPietro. A single by Rachel Pothier scored Romano for a 10-2 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, a bases-loaded single by Colleen Sullivan scored two for Middlebury, closing the gap to 10-4.

In the seventh, an RBI double by Heather Bartolo and a two-run homer by Danielle Normand gave Plymouth State a 13-4 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Katelyn Cannella ripped a triple to left. Amelia Magistrali followed with an RBI triple of her own, scoring Cannella. Magistrali would later score on a wild pitch by Plymouth State's Courtney MacFarland. A two-out RBI double by Sullivan cut the lead to 13-7 as MacFarland enticed Jennifer Williams into a game-ending pop-out to second base to seal the win.

Sullivan went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI for Middlebury, as Cannella and Magistrali both went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Seven Plymouth State players had multi-hit performances, including Normand's 3-for-5 game with 2 RBI. Williams took the loss for Middlebury and her record falls to 5-6, while MacFarland, who left the game with an 8-0 lead after four innings and returned to the circle in the sixth, improves to 6-3 on the year.

In game two, Plymouth State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before Middlebury exploded for four runs in the bottom of the second. A bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Cannella scored Lily Hamburger. A wild pitch by Plymouth State's Kat Roland plated her pitching adversary Brittney Burke to tie the game at 2-2. A two-out, two-run double by Maura Casey gave Middlebury the 4-2 lead.

Middlebury added four more runs in the fourth, building 8-2 advantage. Plymouth State managed only one hit in final three innings of play, falling 8-2.

Casey's 4-for-4 and 4 RBI game led the Middlebury offense. Burke, who improves to 8-2 with the win, was strong in the circle, allowing only six hits and striking out seven. Roland gets the loss for Plymouth State, dropping her record to 5-5 on the season.