Softball Takes Pair From Skidmore In Home-Opener

March 31, 2009

Middlebury picked up a pair of non-league wins over visiting Skidmore on Tuesday, beating the Thoroughbreds 3-1 in game one and 7-6 in eight innings in the night cap. The Panthers improve to 7-6 overall with the sweep, while Skidmore evens their record at 7-7 for the season. Middlebury now holds a 14-4 lead in the series, winning the last 12 in a row.

In game one, Middlebury scored all three runs in the first inning, while starting pitcher Geena Costantin kept Skidmore at bay, tying a school mark in strike-outs with 15. In the home half of the first, Constantin helped her cause with an RBI single, plating Leslie Crawford. Natalie Komrovsky capped the scoring with a two out, two RBI single for the 3-0 lead. The lone scoring blemish for Constantin was a second inning lead off homer by Skidmore's Caitlin Ketcham.

Amelia Magistrali led Middlebury, going 2-3 with a run scored, as Komrovsky added two RBI and Constantin chipped in another RBI. Ketcham's home run paced the Thouroughbreds as Michelle Anderson added a double in a 1-3 game at the plate. Sam Crose (7-3) took the loss for Skidmore, allowing the three earned runs in the first, but giving up only two more hits the rest of the game. Constantin (3-1) was dominant in the circle, striking out 15, allowing three hits and one run over seven innings for the complete game win. Her 15 strike-out performance tied the all-time Panther mark set by Megan McCarthy in 2005.

Cross started game two for Skidmore, holding the Panthers at bay as the Thoroughbreds built a 5-0 lead through six innings. Skidmore exploded for four runs in the third, including a towering three-run home run by Lauren Dinsdale deep to left. The Thoroughbreds added another in the fifth before Middlebury tied the game at five apiece in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. All the Panther runs were scored with two outs in the frame. Amelia Magistrali doubled home two runs as Megan Margel's single moved Magistrali to third. Constantin, the DH in game two, plated Magistrali on a shot to centerfield that was mishandled, cutting the lead to 5-3. Komrovsky tied the game with a two-run single to right field.

In the top of the eighth, with the international tie-break rule in play, Derrin Jarvis plated Jamie Rubin from second base to start the inning. After another single, Panther reliever Ali McAnaney shut down the next three batters. With Middlebury trailing 6-5, Alyson Downing advanced to third on a wild pitch and later scored the tying run on a shot to right field by Kira Gordon that was also mishandled. Sophie Dorot ended the game on a long single to right, plating Gordon from second base.

Crawford led Middlebury from the plate, going 3-4 with a run scored, as Magistrali and Komrovsky each added a pair of RBI. Michelle Anderson went 3-4 with a double and two RBI , while Dinsdale added a homer and three RBI for Skidmore. Crose (7-4) took the loss, giving up seven runs, three earned, over 7.1 innings. Ashley Higgins started for Middlebury, giving up four runs, none earned over four innings. McAneney (3-3) relieved Higgins in the fifth, giving up two runs, both unearned, and striking out six over four innings for the win.