Softball Takes Two From Williams, Sweeps Series
April 9, 2011
Middlebury swept Williams in a double-header on Saturday, 13-2 and 5-1, improving to a NESCAC West leading 5-1 record and 12-4 overall. With the 5-0 win on Friday, Middlebury earned its first three-game series sweep over the Ephs (8-8, 0-3). Middlebury’s Megan Margel went 2-6 on the day, becoming the school’s all-time hit leader with 143. She surpasses Lauren Guza ’05, who earned 142 hits from ’02-05.
Middlebury scored in every inning of game one, cruising to a 13-2 win in a five inning contest. Trailing 1-0, the Panthers struck for two runs on three hits in the first, leaving the bases loaded. With one on and two outs, the Ephs loaded the bases with a pair of walks, setting up an RBI single through the left side by Emily Burbridge. Sarah Boylan followed with a single to third to make it a 2-0 game.
The hot bats continued in the second inning as Kimber Sable led off with a double, followed by a triple from Jessa Hoffman. Seven batters later the Panthers had increased their lead to 6-1 with four runs and three hits in the inning.
Middlebury put the game out of reach in the third inning, scoring five runs on three hits. Margel singled up the middle to plate a pair, while Burbridge belted a two-run homer to right center to make it an 11-1 game.
Carly Ameen tripled for Williams in the top of the fourth, scoring Ali Graebner. Middlebury answered in the bottom of the inning with two more runs. Margel’s RBI groundout and an run-scoring single from Emma Katz made it a 13-2 final.
Margel finished the game 2-4 with two runs scored and three driven in, while Burbridge was 2-4 with a homer and four RBI. Hoffman and Nellie Wood each had two hits and three runs scored, while Sable finished 2-2, crossing the plate three times.
Ali McAnaney went four innings to earn the win, improving to 4-1 on the season. Elizabeth Morris tossed one inning of scoreless relief. Mary Beth Daub took the loss for Williams, allowing nine runs, eight earned, and seven hits over two innings of work.
In game two, Williams took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. With runners on first and second, Ally Ensor singled through the right side, pushing both runners ahead one base. The throw home from right went past the catcher, allowing the runner from third to score.
The Panthers got on the board in the third, scoring a pair of runs. A pair of errors put Alex Scibetta and Jessa Hoffman on the bases. A wild pitch from Williams’ hurler Megan Casey moved both runners into scoring position. Nellie Wood followed with an infield RBI single, scoring Scibetta from third. Later, with the bases loaded, Casey tossed another wild pitch, allowing all runners to advance, including Hoffman from third base, for a 2-1 Panther lead.
Middlebury added another run in the fourth before knocking in a pair of runs in the sixth for a 5-1 lead. Alexa Lesenskyj reached on an infield single. With two outs, Aly Downing smacked a RBI double to left center, as Lesenskyj raced in from first base. Scibetta followed with a crisp RBI single to center, plating Downing.
Lesenskyj had a 2-2 day at the plate, entering the game in the third inning, relieving starter Geena Constantin. She pitched 3.2 innings, while scattering four hits to improve her record to 3-2. Elizabeth Morris earned her second save for Middlebury, called in to relieve Lesenskyj in the seventh with two on and the tying run on deck with no outs. She put the Ephs down 1-2-3 to end the threat.
Scibetta went 2-3 with and RBI, while Downing collected the Panthers’ lone extra base hit, with her RBI double.
Williams was paced by Cedar Blazek and Enzor, both going 2-4 in the nightcap, while pinch-hitter Kaitlin Dinet added a double, as the Ephs stranded 11 base runners in the game. Casey took the loss (4-3), allowing five runs, two earned, over six innings of work.