Middlebury

Softball Advances In NESCAC Tourney

May 6, 2011

Middlebury College sophomore Jess Poracky drove a two-run double to deep right field in the first inning and Panther pitchers Geena Constantin and Elizabeth Morris made it stand for a 2-1 victory over Trinity College in game two of the NESCAC Softball Championship at Tufts University's Spicer Field on Friday afternoon.

Middlebury (27-6) will play Tufts on Saturday at 12:30 in game four of the NESCAC Softball Championship. Tufts defeated Williams 3-2 in Friday's first game. Trinity (21-13) will face Williams in an elimination game on Saturday at 10 am. Play continues through Sunday to determine the 2011 NESCAC champion.

Middlebury jumped on Trinity starter Kristen Anderson quickly. Sophomore Jessa Hoffman and senior Leslie Crawford hit back-to-back singles to lead off the first inning. After a sacrifice bunt by senior Megan Margel, both scored on Poracky's double. Anderson was able to work out of further damage with a pair of ground outs.

The game settled into a pitcher's duel over the next three innings. Constantin allowed just two Trinity hits over the first four innings. Anderson would let only one more Panther batter touch second base when Margel hit a one-out double in the third and advanced on a wild pitch. However, she was stranded at third to keep the score 2-0 Middlebury.

Trinity came close to tying the score in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Amelia Mostovoy hit a one-out single and senior Melanie Orphanos followed with a base hit. Mostovoy moved to third and Orphanos took second on the throw. Sophomore SS Caroline Blanchard singled to left to score Motovoy, but the ball was hit so sharply that Orphanos was held at third. After a walk loaded the bases, Constantin got a ground out to end the inning with Middlebury up 2-1.

With Morris on in relief for Middlebury in the seventh, Trinity rallied with two outs. First year pinch hitter Claire Prosperi singled and Blanchard followed with her third hit of the game to put the tying run on second and the go-ahead run on first. However, Morris got a pop-up to close out the victory with her fourth save.

Constantin went six innings allowing five hits and the one run with three strikeouts and one walk while improving to 7-2.

Trinity out-hit Middlebury 7-5, with Blanchard finishing 3-4 and Mostovoy at 2-3. Anderson pitched all six innings for the Bantams, allowing five hits and two runs while walking one and striking out one.

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