Softball Splits At Williams

April 20, 2012

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. In game two, Kaitlin Dinet hurled a complete-game six-hitter and added a clutch two-run single to help Williams to a 7-1 win. Middlebury moved to 17-10 overall, 7-1 in the NESCAC West, while the Ephs are now 15-15, 4-4 in divisional play. The two teams are scheduled to play the rubber match of the three-game set Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Ephs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap when Mo Frank beat out a bunt for a single, took second and third on wild pitches, and scored when Ali Graebner grounded a single up the middle.

Middlebury scored its only run in the top of the fourth. Emily Kraytenberg led off with a single and moved to second when Sarah Boylan beat out a bunt for a single. A sacrifice bunt from Kimber Sable put runners on second and third with one out. Alyson Downing scored the run with a groundout to second, but Dinet escaped further damage when she induced Emma Katz to groundout to short.

Graebner broke the tie in the Ephs' half of the fourth when she met an Alexa Lesenskyj pitch in full swing, sending the ball over the fence in center for a solo home run. The Ephs put the game away with a five-run fifth inning highlighted by Dinet's key two-run single to right center.

Dinet scattered six hits while improving to 2-3 on the season. She walked one and struck out three. The Ephs had 12 hits, led by Ali Hart, who was 3 -4 with a run scored, and Graebner, who was 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Lesenskyj took the loss for Middlebury, allowing 12 hits over six innings while walking two and fanning one. Boylan was 2-3 for the Panthers.

In the opener, Morris and Eph Emma Harrington engaged in a tightly contested pitcher's duel. Middlebury scored in the first when Harrington walked the bases loaded and Kraytenberg scored Christina Bicks with a fielder's choice.

Williams tied the game in the second when Graebner reached on an error, was sacrificed to third and scored on a wild pitch.

The game remained 1-1 until the top of the seventh. Alex Scibetta grounded a single to left with one out for the Panthers. A Bicks sacrifice put her on second with two outs when Hoffman struck her dramatic blow.

In the bottom of the seventh, Zoe Dillon-Davidson singled with two outs, but Morris retired the next batter on a pop up to end the game. Morris allowed just two hits over seven innings while not walking a batter and striking out six while improving to 5-1.

Hoffman and Sable were both 2-3 for the Panthers.

Harrington took the loss for Williams, giving up seven hits and four walks while striking out six in the defeat.