Softball Drops Three To Wesleyan

April 12, 2008

Wesleyan moved to 8-1 in NESCAC West league play as they took three games from Middlebury on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers fall to 0-3 in league play and will return to action on Sunday with a pair of games at Amherst. Middlebury struggled in the field, committing 13 errors in the three games, allowing 13 unearned runs.

Wesleyan broke open a 2-2 game in the fourth inning of game one, by plating five runs on four hits and a pair of errors. The Cardinals added a run in the fifth and a pair in the seventh to pick up a 10-4 victory.

Wesleyan pounded out 14 hits in the game, led by a 3-5 day from Marcia Whitehead, who scored a pair of runs. Becca Feiden went 2-5 with two runs scored, while Taylor Zavadsky and Joanna Brownson each had a pair of hits. Meaghan Dendy picked up the complete game win, allowing two earned runs and striking out three.

Allison Bard went 2-4 with two runs scored to lead the Panthers, Leslie Crawford scored a pair of runs, while Kristin Maletsky doubled. Brittany Burke suffered the loss, allowing just one earned run over four innings of work.

Wesleyan struck for four runs in the top of the first inning of game two, on its way to a 7-1 victory. An RBI double from Brownson and a run-scoring single by Molly O'Connell sparked the inning.

An RBI bunt single by Middlebury's Megan Margel put the Panthers on the board in the third, before the Cardinals sealed the game with a three-run seventh inning.

Marcia Whitehead went 4-4 with two runs scored to lead Wesleyan, Brownson and O'Connell each went 2-4 with an RBI, while Dendy had a pair of hits, including a double. Karla Hargrave earned the complete game win, striking out eight over seven innings of work.

Five different players had hits for Middlebury, including a double from Ali McAnaney, who suffered the loss.

Wesleyan completed the three-game sweep by breaking open a 1-1 game with four runs in the sixth inning to earn the 5-1 victory. Dendy picked up her second win of the day, allowing six hits and no earned runs over seven innings.

A two-run triple by O'Connell was the big blow for the Cardinals in the sixth, as she plated Brownson and Lily Thalheimer. Brownson had a 2-3 game, while Dendy went 2-4 with a double.

Geena Constantin took the loss for Middlebury, while pacing the team with a pair of hits in three at-bats. Burke earned a pinch-hit double for the Panthers in the seventh.