Softball Dominates Skidmore In Double-Header Sweep
April 10, 2013
Middlebury swept a double-header against visiting Skidmore, winning both games in inning-shortened fashion. The Panthers (13-6) won the opener 9-0 in six innings and took the night-cap 8-0 in five innings. For the twin-bill, Middlebury collected 22 hits and scored 17 runs in only 11 innings, while holding the Thoroughbred to five hits. Both teams return to their respective conferences, as Middlebury is slated to play a three-game NESCAC West series at Hamilton beginning on Friday, while Skidmore (8-20) hosts a two-game Liberty League series against Rochester on Saturday.
Middlebury pounded out 11 hits over six innings in game one, on its way to a 9-0 victory in the shortened game. Jessica Poracky belted her second homer of the game, and 10th of her career, in the bottom of the sixth inning, as her two-run walk-off homer ended the contest.
A bases loaded walk by Christina Bicks and an RBI single to center by Sarah Boylan plated a pair of runs in the first inning for the Panthers. Poracky blasted her first round-tripper of the game in the third, a shot to right center to make it a 3-0 game.
Middlebury opened up the game in the fifth inning, scoring four runs on four hits. A walk by Poracky and singles by Jessa Hoffman and Carlyn Vachow set up a two-run triple down the right field line by Emily Kraytenberg. Alex Scibetta later singled in Kraytenberg as Middlebury nearly ended the game an inning early, but two key defensive put-outs at home plate by Skidmore extended the contest.
Hoffman singled with one out in the sixth, setting up Poracky’s game-ending heroics. Alexa Lesenskyj (3-4) scattered four hits over six innings of work to pick up the win. Poracky finished 2-2 with three RBI and three runs scored, while reaching twice via walks. Hoffman went 2-4 with three runs scored, while Vachow was 2-2 with a double.
Julia Schwartz suffered the loss (0-3), giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits over four innings of work. Four different players had hits for Skidmore, including a double by Schwartz.
In game two, leading 2-0, the Panthers plated three runners in the third. Kimber Sable started with a single to center, and later scored on a one-out double by Hoffman. Poracky followed with a single to left, pushing Hoffman to third. During Vachow’s at-bat, Poracky was put out at second on a delayed first-and-third double steal, allowing Hoffman to score. Leading 4-0, Vachow slammed a triple to left-center. Boylan followed with an RBI double that scored Vachow.
In the fourth, Middlebury added two more runs. With Panthers on second and third and one away, Bicks hit a SAC fly to center for a 6-0 lead. Hoffman followed with a stand-up triple to left-center, plating another Panther for a 7-0 advantage.
Vachow slammed a lead-off triple to left-center in the fifth inning. Boylan ended the game with an infield hit that scored Vachow from third for the 8-0 win.
Hoffman went 3-3 in game two, with a single, double and her school-record 23rd triple, adding two RBI and two runs scored. Vachow finished 2-3 with a triple and two runs scored, while Poracky went 2-2 with an RBI. Boylan added two hits including a double on three at-bats, knocking in a pair of runs.
Elizabeth Morris (6-1) got the win, allowing a lone double to Skidmore’s Cassie Fishkin, as the lefty struck out three in three innings. Neve Stearns tossed the final two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out another.
Skidmore starter Katie Sorochka (7-11) took the loss, allowing five earned runs over three innings. Schwartz returned for one inning of relief, allowing three earned runs.