Softball Sweeps Wesleyan
April 14, 2012
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. Correspondingly, Wesleyan falls to 8-18 and 3-6 in conference play as the Cardinals have been swept in two straight series after a 3-0 sweep to open NESCAC West play.
In game one, Middlebury erupted for all 12 runs in the third inning, sending 16 batters to the plate. The first three Panthers to bat reached on singles, the next three reached on walks, for a 2-0 lead. Trailing 4-0 with one out, Wesleyan pitcher Laura Getchell was replaced by Caitlyn Grudzinski, after walking another runner. Grudzinski fared no better during the onslaught, letting a trio of inherited runners score and allowing five earned runs without mustering an out.
Jessica Poracky had the lone extra-base hit in the inning, as she roped a bases-loaded double to left for a 10-0 lead. Poracky scored on a single from Emily Kraytenberg, who later worked her way around to score on a walk and two wild pitches from Getchell who re-entered earlier in the inning for a 12-0 lead.
Wesleyan got on the board, scoring their only run in the fourth off Panther starter Alexa Lesenskyj. Chrissy Bello followed a Jill Gately single with a double, scoring Gately all the way from first.
Middlebury managed only seven hits in the 12-1 win, but Poracky went 2-2, with a double, three RBI and two runs scored, as Kimber Sable also added a pair of singles. Lesenskyj (7-3) pitched four innings, allowing one earned, striking out two, as Kelsey Martel pitched a scoreless fifth.
Bello and Amy Lindland each had a double for the Cardinals, as Getchell (3-6) took the loss, giving up seven earned, walking nine with a pair of wild pitches over four innings.
In game two, Wesleyan took a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-out rally. After a walk to Lindland, Allee Beatty laced a single to center, pushing Lindland to third. After Beatty stole second, Tori Redding hit a single to center, plating both runners.
Middlebury got one run back in the bottom of the frame when Emily Smith, with runners on first and second and one out, doubled home a run.
In the sixth the Panthers scratched a run across to tie the game at 2-2. With runners on second and third with one out, Wesleyan brought the infield in, as Kraytenberg hit a soft grounder to second that was thrown home for a fielder’s choice. The play at the plate was close, but as the dust cleared, the runner beat the throw, tying the game at 2-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Alyson Downing reached on a single, and was replaced by Martel at first. A sacrifice bunt by Emma Katz pushed Martel to second and later advanced to third on an infield put-out. After a walk and a hit batter by Wesleyan hurler Haylle Reidy loaded the bases, Poracky stepped to the plate.
Heading into the twin bill, Poracky averaged .516 from the dish with a .551 on-base percentage. Reidy got an early called strike, but Poracky, after fouling off a few pitches battled until the count was full. With base-loaded and two outs and a 3-2 count, Poracky delivered with a sharp single up the middle scoring Martel from third for the 3-2 win.
Alex Scibetta led Middlebury with two singles, while six other Panthers had one-baggers. Elizabeth Morris (4-1) went the distance allowing two earned runs over seven innings, striking out six and walking one.
Beatty had two of Wesleyans three hits in game two, scoring a run, while Redding had a two RBI on a 1-3 day at the plate. Reidy (2-6) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three earned, while walking eight and hitting two more batters.