Softball Takes One Of Two Against Plymouth State

April 23, 2009

Middlebury dropped the opener to Plymouth State 6-2, but took the back-end of the twin bill 5-1 on Thursday. The two games were the final home games for Middlebury (15-15) as they wrap-up their season with a two-game series at Lyndon State on Friday. Plymouth (18-13) also plays a pair on Friday, hosting Castleton.

In game one, Plymouth took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Andrea Pydynkowski, with runners on second and third, slapped a single to center for two RBI. Plymouth added a pair in the second for a 4-0 lead. With two outs, Allie Luisi's single plated Kay LaBrie from second base and later scored on a fielding error.

Plymouth scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings, both with two outs. An RBI single by Luisi in the fourth was followed by a home run to left field by LaBrie in the fifth for a 6-0 lead.

Middlebury got a pair back in the seventh. With one out, Megan Margel smacked a double to right center and was immediately knocked in by an Emily Burbridge double to left. Plymouth starter Courtney MacFarland was relieved by Sammi Romano. Romano enticed Geena Constanin in a 1-3 ground out that advanced Burbridge to third. Ali McAnaney plated Burbridge with an RBI single up the middle, cutting the Plymouth lead to 6-2. Natalie Komrovsky pushed Burbridge to third on a double to left center. Romano stranded the two runners when pinch hitter Alyson Downing lined out to second, ending the comeback.

Luisi led Plymouth with a 3-4 day including three RBI, while Pydynkowski had a pair of hits and two RBI as LaBrie's homer highlighted her 2-2 day with three runs scored. Burbridge, Margel and Komrovsky each had a double for Middlebury, all in the seventh inning.

MacFarland (10-6) got the win, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up two earned runs, while striking out eight. McAnaney (6-7) suffered the setback, giving up six runs, five earned over seven innings of work.

Game two saw Middlebury methodically build a five run lead through the first five innings. In the first inning, with runners on second and third and one out, Burbridge beat out an infield single, but Plymouth got the lead runner out at home on a 3-2 put-out. Plymouth believing the put-out at home was the third out, began to leave the field. During the confusion, Leslie Crawford raced home from second base for the 1-0 lead.

Middlebury scored two more in the third on RBI's by Margel and Burbridge for a 3-0 lead. They added another run in the fourth when McAnaney's ground out to second plated Constantin, who reached on an error to start the inning. Middlebury capped the scoring in the fifth when Burbridge knocked in Crawford from third on a grounder to first base.

Constantin, the starting pitcher for Middlebury, took the 5-0 lead into the seventh. After retiring the first two Plymouth batters, Constantin gave up the only extra-base hit of the game to Luisi, who doubled to center field. A throwing error got Heather Blase on base, allowing Luisi to advance to third. Luisi later scored on a Constantin wild pitch for Plymouth's lone run, as Jen Skilton's fly ball to left ended the game.

Amelia Magistrali and Crawford had a pair of singles for Middlebury, while Burbridge went 1-3 with two RBI. Luisi led Plymouth with two hits, including a double and a run scored.

Constantin (7-4) was impressive in the circle, allowing four hits and one unearned run over seven innings, while striking out eight for the win. Ali Keith (2-2) took the loss for Plymouth, giving up five runs, two earned, over six innings.