Softball Takes Two From Castleton

April 13, 2011

Four Middlebury pitchers combined to pitch a pair of shutouts and the Panther offense pounded out 29 hits to sweep Castleton State College 7-0 and 6-0 in nonconference softball action Wednesday afternoon. With the sweep Middlebury improves to 14-4, while Castleton falls to 9-15.

In the opener Ali McAnaney pitched four shutout innings yielding two hits and two walks, while striking out one to improve to 5-1 on the season. Alexa Lesensky pitched the final three innings, allowing just one hit and one walk with one strikeout to earn her first collegiate save. Everyone in the Panther lineup collected at least one hit, led by Jessa Hoffman and Leslie Crawford , who each collected three. Emily Burbridge went 2-4 with a home run, and two runs scored and Sarah Boylan had two hits and two RBI.

Middlebury struck for three runs in the second inning as Burbidge connected for a solo home run to right field with one out. Boylan followed with a laser midway up the right-centerfield fence that went for a single, and Kelsey Chisholm then ripped a line drive back through the box to put runs on first and second. After a pop-out, Hoffman delivered Boylan on a single just inside the third base bag, and Chisholm came around to make it 3-0 on a Spartan fielding error. The Panthers tacked on two more in the third inning on a two-run double from Boylan that plated Geena Constantin who doubled to lead off the inning and Burbridge who slapped a one-out single to left.

Tori Fearon had a pair of hits to lead the Spartan offense.

In the nightcap, Constantin started and went three innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out five before being lifted in favor of Elizabeth Morris. Morris (4-0) earned the win, pitching four hitless innings, allowing just a walk to go along with four strikeouts.

Emma Katz went 3-4 with three RBI and Burbridge collected another three hits to lead the Panther offense.

Katz provided an RBI-single in the first, an RBI-double in the third and an RBI-single in the fourth to provide plenty of offense for the Panther pitching. Boylan added another RBI-single in the third, scoring Burbridge who had singled earlier in the frame.

Castleton’s lone hit came from Megan Blongy a slap-single in the hole between third and short, that Boylan fielded cleanly and fired across the diamond, but Blongy just barely beat the throw.

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