Win Streak Hits 11 For Softball

April 14, 2013

Middlebury scored three runs in the top of the eighth, breaking open a 7-7 game en route to a 10-8 win over the Continentals, sweeping the three-game NESCAC West series. The teams combined for 26 hits as a total of 10 different players had two hits in the contest. With the win, the Panthers’ win streak hits 11 in a row (16-6, 5-1), while Hamilton, who has yet to play at home this season, drops to 7-18 overall and 1-8 in NESCAC West action.

With Hamilton leading 3-2 after four innings, Middlebury struck with four runs in the top of the fifth. Jessa Hoffman, with runners on first and second and no outs, knocked a single through the left side for an RBI. Jessica Poracky followed with a double to the wall in right center, scoring two more runs. Later, with two away, Sarah Boylan singled to left, plating Poracky for a 6-3 lead.

Hamilton scratched two runs across in the bottom of the sixth without garnering a hit. Consecutive errors put Sam Miller and Monique St. Jarre on base. A wild pitch pushed both runners into scoring position. A passed ball allowed Miller to score from third and let St. Jarre move up a base. After a walk to Lisa Faraci, Kelly Leonard knocked in St. Jarre with an RBI ground-out.

Middlebury added what was believed to be an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Carlyn Vachow blasted a towering solo homer to left with one out.  Emily Kraytenberg followed with a stand-up triple. But Hamilton’s Leonard, their starting pitcher, settled down and stranded Kraytenberg, limiting the damage to one run.

Trailing 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Olivia Gozdz opened the frame with a lead-off double. After Jenn Rougeux walked, Ellie Kiernan pushed both runners one base on an infield put-out. Melissa Kaknis singled up the middle scoring Gozdz. Miller followed with a crisp single to right, plating Rougeux, tying the game. With runners on first and second and one out, St. Jarre flied out to right field, but Kaknis was doubled-up at second ending the inning.

In extra innings, after Kimber Sable and Jackie Stern singled to open the inning, Hoffman was plunked to load the bases for Poracky. Poracky skied a high fly to center, scoring Sable from third on a SAC put-out as all runners advanced on the play. Vachow stepped in and slapped a single to left scoring both Stern and Hoffman for the 10-7 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, after a ground-out by Faraci, Leonard reached on an infield hit. Sarah Moore followed with a single. With one out, Gozdz popped an infield fly for the second out. Down to their last batter, Rougeux stepped in with runners on first and second and two away and hit a ball to third that she beat out for a single.  An errant throw to first allowed Leonard to score from second base, cutting the Middlebury lead to 10-8. Kiernan stepped to the plate as the potential game-winning run, and hit another ball to third, but this one ended the game on a routine 5-3 put-out.

Six Panthers had two hits, as Alex Scibetta and Stern each has two singles. Vachow went 2-4 with the homer and three RBI, while Poracky went 2-4 with a double and three RBI as well. Kraytenberg chipped in with a triple and a single, while Sable added a single and a double, while scoring two runs. Elizabeth Morris (8-1) relieved starter Neve Stearns, and earned the win. Morris went the final 4.1 innings, allowing five runs (two earned). Stearns went 3.2 innings and got in a jam in the fourth, and is credited with three earned runs, all from that inning.

Miller and St. Jarre each went 2-4 for the Continentals, scoring two runs apiece. Gozdz added two hits, including a double, while Faraci also added a double. Leonard (4-11) went the distance, allowing nine earned runs, while fanning four Panthers. At the plate, Leonard went 2-4, with three RBI and a run scored.

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