Softball Ties School Win Mark With Sweep Of Plymouth State
April 25, 2011
With a doubleheader sweep of Plymouth State on Monday, Middlebury tied the school record for wins in a season with 24. The pair of Panther squads met under wet conditions as Middlebury took game one 3-2 in eight innings, while shutting out Plymouth State 3-0 in the nightcap. With the two wins, Middlebury (24-4) extends its school-record winning streak to 16 games, as Plymouth State falls to 15-14.
In game one, Plymouth State opened a scoreless second with a leadoff single by Jackie Digman, who advanced to second on a fielding error. A SAC bunt pushed her to third before Taylor Mancini walked. Denise Freitas followed with a two-out RBI single, scoring Digman. Jenn Bove followed with an RBI single to right for a 2-0 lead.
Middlebury got one run back in the fourth during an odd play that nearly cost the home team a triple-play. After Megan Margel opened the frame with a sharp single up the middle, Jessica Poracky mashed a double to the base of the right field wall, advancing Margel to third. With no outs, Emily Burbridge grounded out to second. As Poracky raced to third during the play, she was forced back to second as Margel stayed at third. Plymouth State ended up tagging out Poracky as she raced back to second for a double-play. During the tag out of Poracky, Margel raced for home, narrowly beating the throw from second to avoid the near triple-play for a run.
Middlebury tied it in the sixth as Jessa Hoffman opened the inning with her school-record 13th career triple. Margel later plated her with an RBI single, making it a 2-2 game as the teams went to extra innings.
With a runner placed on second base to start the extra-inning tie-breaker in the eighth, Plymouth State went down quietly. Middlebury placed pinch-runner Nellie Wood at second as Leslie Crawford knocked a one-out single allowing Wood to reach third. After Margel was intentionally walked to load the bases, Poracky came to the plate. With the first good offering from Plymouth State starter Amber White, Poracky launched a game-winning single to deep right field, scoring Wood from third for the 3-2 win.
Margel went 2-3 with and RBI, as Poracky chipped in with double along with the game winning RBI single. Ali McAnaney pitched the first 6.2 innings, allowing two earned runs, as Elizabeth Morris (7-0) earned the win going the final 1.1 innings.
Freitas and Sam Herbert each collected a pair of singles, while Kortney Nedeau added a double for Plymouth State. White (9-7) pitched 7.1 innings allowing three runs, two earned, in defeat.
Game two saw a pitcher’s duel through the first three innings before Middlebury scored all three runs of the game in the fourth off starter Nora Galvin. With two outs, Middlebury put runners on first and second as Alyson Downing followed with an RBI single. After Wood walked to load the bases, Jessa Hoffman knocked in two more with a single for a 3-0 lead.
That was all the runs the pitching tandem of Morris and Geena Constantin needed. The two hurlers combined on a one-hit shut-out, Middlebury’s 14th of the season. Each pitcher faced one extra batter than the minimum, as Morris (8-0) allowed a single to Plymouth State’s Diana Bean over the first four innings, while Constantin allowed a walk over the final three innings for her first save. In the batter’s box, Emily Kraytenberg had a 2-3 day with a run scored for Middlebury in the second game.
Galvin (5-7) went five innings for Plymouth State, allowing all three earned runs. Bean finished the game in the circle, pitching one inning of no-hit work.
With four regular season games left before the NESCAC tourney, Middlebury will look to set a new season win total. The team has a scheduled home doubleheader with Skidmore on Wednesday, before travelling to Union on May 3 for another pair of games.