Each year community volunteers make a big impact at local non-profits during the Addison County United Way Days of Caring. On Saturday, September 22nd, over 60 athletes from four Middlebury College athletic teams took time from their busy schedules to volunteer during the 18th annual Days of Caring around Addison County painting, cleaning, and providing maintenance support at local non-profits.
Junior shortstop Jessa Hoffman (Golden, Colo.) and junior first baseman Jessica Poracky (Ramsey, N.J.) have both earned more post-season honors for the Middlebury College softball team. Poracky was a second-team New England NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Region choice, while Hoffman was a third-team selection. Poracky was also an honorable mention honoree by the N.E. Softball Coaches Association.
The Middlebury College softball team placed five players on the NESCAC All-Conference team, matching the school-record for post-season league honors set in 2005. Junior shortstop Jessa Hoffman (Golden, Colo.) is now a three-time All-NESCAC selection, earning NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Sophomore pitcher Elizabeth Morris (Kenilworth, Ill.) added a first-team nod to her second-team selection from 2011.
Middlebury saw its hopes of a second straight NESCAC title come to an end as the Panthers fell 2-1 to Tufts at Amherst in the championship. Allyson Fournier pitched another gem for the Jumbos, striking out 17 batters to lead Tufts to the victory.
The Middlebury softball team advanced to the NESCAC Championship for the second straight year with a pair of wins on Saturday. The Panthers will defend their crown against Tufts, who defeated them 2-0 in eight innings on Friday, on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. A Middlebury victory would lead to a second game immediately following.
Tufts first-year pitcher Allyson Fournier threw her third perfect game of the year and sophomore Jo Clair belted a walk-off home run to lead Tufts past Middlebury in eight innings on the first day of the 2012 NESCAC Softball Championship Friday afternoon at Amherst.
The NESCAC Softball Championship heads to Amherst College for the first time in tournament history this weekend, as the Lord Jeffs, the number-one seed from the West Division, will clash with defending champ Middlebury, six-time title-winner Tufts, and Bowdoin for the 2012 conference crown.
Middlebury played its final regular season game prior to the NESCAC Tournament, earning an 8-3 win at Skidmore on Thoroughbred Field. Skidmore ends their season at 13-24, while the Panthers improve to 20-13.
Middlebury dropped a pair of non-league games at Plymouth State on Wednesday, falling 11-7 and 9-1 at PSU’s D&M Park. Sophomores Jackie Digman and Bekah Jackson and junior Calli DeGrace went deep to backbone the Panthers in the opening game, while sophomore Taylor Mancini belted a grand slam to lead the way in the nightcap. PSU moved over the .500 mark to 19-17 overall, while Middlebury dropped to 18-12.
Amherst earned the right to host the NESCAC Softball Championship for the first time in program history by sweeping a doubleheader from Middlebury on Saturday afternoon. The Lord Jeffs earned a 4-0 win in the opener thanks to a timely two-run homer from Idalia Friedson and a stellar pitching performance by Arielle Doering. The second game would decide which team hosted next weekend’s conference tournament, and it was Amherst that scored in five of six innings en route to an 8-1 victory.
Kimber Sable went 2-3 and drove in three runs to lead Middlebury past Amherst 5-3 Friday afternoon in a NESCAC West softball series opener. The Panthers broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the sixth and fended off a seventh-inning rally from Amherst. Sarah Boylan had two hits and an RBI, while Emily Kraytenberg was 3-4 and scored a pair of runs.
Middlebury College softball pitcher Elizabeth Morris (Kenilworth, Ill.) has been named the NESCAC Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week. The sophomore earned a 2-0 mark last week, picking up a pair of wins at Williams. On Friday, she tossed a two-hitter, allowing no earned runs while striking out six in a complete game 2-1 victory.
For the second consecutive day, Middlebury's Elizabeth Morris and Emma Harrington of Williams engaged in a classic pitcher's duel that lasted until the final batter, and for the second day in a row Morris emerged the victor as the Panthers posted a 1-0 win over the Ephs Saturday morning at Cole Field.
Middlebury earned a split of two NESCAC West games at Williams on Friday afternoon. The Panthers won the first game when Jessa Hoffman lined a two-out, RBI-double in the top of the seventh inning to snap a 1-1 tie. Middlebury hurler Elizabeth Morris finished off her two-hitter in the bottom of the inning to seal the 2-1 victory.
Middlebury dropped a pair of non-league games at Rensselaer on Wednesday. Kelly Erkert delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning in game two and RPI's pitchers' posted solid outings to lead RPI to a 4-2 win in game one and 3-2 in the nightcap at Doris Robison Field.
Middlebury College softball pitcher Elizabeth Morris (Kenilworth, Ill.) has been named the NESCAC Pitcher of the Week. Morris picked up two of the Panthers’ three wins against Wesleyan, tossing a pair of complete games with two runs and four hits allowed (.087) while striking out 15.
Middlebury took a pair of NESCAC West games from Wesleyan, winning the first 12-1 in five innings and a hard-fought 3-2 walk-off victory in the nightcap. With a win on Friday, the Panthers completed their second straight NESCAC West series sweep and hold a 6-0 conference mark and a 16-7 overall record.
Elizabeth Morris pitched a one-hit shutout for Middlebury, striking out nine in a 5-0 win over Wesleyan in the opener of a three-game series. The win pushes the Panthers NESCAC West record to 4-0 and an overall mark of 14-7, as Middlebury has won six in a row and 10 of its last 11. Both teams return for a twin-bill on Saturday with the first pitch slated for noon.
The Middlebury @ Skidmore softball doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th has been moved to Tuesday, May 1st due to weather.
Middlebury swept two games versus Castleton 7-2 and 13-3, with the latter ending in five innings. On the day the Panthers pounded out 22 hits, including 10 for extra-bases. The pair of wins pushes Middlebury’s record to 10-7, winning five of six on their home stand with a three-game series against Hamilton to open NESCAC West action beginning on Friday.
Middlebury took the first game of a double header against visiting Union College 7-2, but dropped the second game 3-1. Both teams return to action on Wednesday, as the Panthers (8-7) host Castleton State in another twin-bill, while the Dutchwomen (7-7) invite Utica College to Schenectady for a pair of games.
Middlebury completed a three-game sweep of Hamilton by taking a pair of 8-0 games on Saturday afternoon, both in five innings. The Panthers took all three games in five innings, outscoring the Continentals (6-14, 0-6) by a score of 24-0, while out-hitting their opponents, 34-9. The Panthers (13-7, 3-0) have now won five straight games and nine of their last 10.
Middlebury took the first game of a three-game NESCAC West series from Hamilton 8-0 in five innings, as Jessa Hoffman’s two-run single ended the contest in the bottom of the fifth. With the win, the Panthers improve to 11-7 and have a 1-0 NESCAC West record, while the Continentals drop to 0-4 in conference play and sit at 6-12 for the season.
The Middlebury softball team opened up its season in Clermont, Florida with a 5-4 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater on March 24. Jessa Hoffman led the team with a 2-4 effort, including a triple and two runs scored. Emily Kraytenberg tripled in the game as Alexa Lesenskyj took the loss with four innings of work.
Middlebury swept a twin-bill from Johnson State on Sunday, topping the visiting Badgers 6-1 in the opener and 16-0 in a five-inning contest in the second game. On the day the Panthers out-scored Johnson State 22-1, while out-hitting the Badgers 25-5. Middlebury (7-6) will be busy this week, playing seven home contests over the next six days, including a pair on Tuesday against Union College.