Middlebury

Softball Is Swept At Rensselaer

April 8, 2008

Middlebury dropped a pair of tightly-contested games as the Panthers fell 5-3 and 2-1 at Rensselaer. The Panthers will play their home-openers on Wednesday when they host Castleton in a pair of games beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Jen Bach had a pair of home runs, including her team-leading fifth of the season, to lead RPI to the wins. Bach, who played first base and right field, put the homestanding Red Hawks up in game one, sending a line-drive blast over the left field wall for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Rensselaer led 5-0 through five innings before Middlebury got onto the scoreboard, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough.

Leading the Red Hawks was Bach, who finished 2-3 with two runs scored and four RBI. Sara Finkbeiner was 2-4 with a run scored while hurler Michelle Bianchetti improved to 5-1 in the circle. She allowed three runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and just two walks through 6.1 innings.

Middlebury saw Brittany Burke allow five runs on six hits with three strikeouts in 5.0 innings. She also went 2-3 at the plate with a run batted in.

Michelle Street led the Red Hawks to victory in the second game. Allowing just one run on four hits, she struck out four batters in a complete game victory.

The Red Hawks scored a run in the bottom of the first two innings for the early lead, but Panther Kristin Maletsky drove in a run to close the gap to 2-1 after three innings. RPI added a run in the bottom of the fourth inning and Street remained dominant through the final three frames for the victory.

Finkbeiner led the way offensively for the Red Hawks, going 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Courtney Sweeney went 1-1 with two runs scored.

Ali McAnaney shouldered the loss for the Panthers, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out two in 6.0 innings pitched.