Softball Overpowers Green Mountain In Doubleheader Sweep

April 22, 2008

Middlebury won both games against visiting Green Mountain by scores of 8-0 and 14-1, both contests were shortened to five innings due to score differential. The fourth inning was key for the Panthers in each game, scoring all eight runs in game one and 11 runs in game two. Middlebury improved their record to 13-16 with the twin-bill victories, while the Eagles fall to 10-18 on the season. Both teams return to doubleheader action on Wednesday as the Panthers travel to Plymouth State and Green Mountain heads to Johnson State.

In the first game, a pitching duel kept the game scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Panthers exploded for eight runs on seven hits. Brittany Burke led off the inning with a double and was driven in by Allison Bard's RBI double for a 1-0 lead. Six more Panthers reached safely, building a 5-0 lead. With two outs, Leslie Crawford scored on a wild pitch before Bard slapped a single to right field for two more RBI. Burke, the starting pitcher, shut down the Eagles in the top of the fifth to secure the win.

Bard went 2-3 with a triple and three RBI for Middlebury, while Burke added a double on her 2-3 performance. Burke picked up the win, tossing a three-hitter over five shutout innings, improving to 5-6 on the season, while Brittany Holden took the loss for Green Mountain, giving up five earned runs over four innings of work.

In game two, the Panthers built a 3-0 lead heading into the fourth when they lit up the scoreboard with 11 runs. A bases-loaded, three RBI double by Megan Margel began the onslaught. During a two out rally, Middlebury tacked on six more runs, sending nine batters to the plate. The Panthers knocked out four hits during the rally, highlighted by two-RBI doubles by Margel and Kelsey Chisholm for the 14-0 lead.

Ali McAnaney took a no-hitter into the fifth for the Panthers before the Eagles' Nancy Laughlin dropped in a one out single to right field. With two outs, Hilary Dernier laced an RBI single to centerfield, plating Laughlin for Green Mountain's only run.

Margel led the Panthers going 3-4 with two doubles and five RBI, while Crawford went 2-2 and scored three runs. McAnaney chipped in with two RBI, while holding the Eagles to one run on two hits and striking out five, improving to 3-4 on the season. Kait Petros took the loss for Green Mountain, allowing six earned runs over four innings.