Softball Wins Twin-Bill Against Plymouth State
April 17, 2013
Middlebury swept Plymouth State in a home series 4-2 and 6-1 respectively, pushing Middlebury’s winning streak to 13 in a row. Jessica Poracky owns a personal streak for Middlebury, hitting safely in 12 straight games, as Middlebury (18-6) wraps up their home schedule with a pivotal three-game NESCAC West series against Williams beginning on Friday, while Plymouth State (20-13) hosts UMass Boston in a twin-bill Little East tilt on Saturday.
In the opener, Middlebury jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Poracky doubled in two runs. The hosts added a run in the second inning after Jackie Stern singled with two outs and Christina Bicks drove her in with a triple to left-center for a 3-0 lead. Middlebury scored its final run in the third. Poracky opened with a single, later advancing to second on an infield put-out. Emily Kraytenberg followed with a double of her own to left-center, pushing Poracky home for a 4-0 lead.
Middlebury starter Alexa Lesenskyj cruised through the first five innings before the Plymouth bats woke-up. Bekah Jackson, herself holding a 15-game hitting streak, got her first of the day, pulling a double down the right field line. Calli DeGrace stepped in and blasted a no-doubt homer to left field, trimming the Middlebury lead to 4-2 on one swing of the bat.
In the seventh, Lesenskyj got Plymouth State down in order, 1-2-3 to end any chance of a comeback, securing the 4-2 win. Lesenskyj (5-4) earned the win, tossing seven innings, scattering six hits, allowing two earned runs and striking out three. Poracky finished 2-3 with a double and two RBI, while Kraytenberg (double) and Bicks (triple) each added an RBI.
Cynthia Barata went 2-3 from the dish, while Jackson and Vanessa Przybylo each added doubles. DeGrace’s four-bagger highlighted her 1-3 day, adding two RBI with the smash. Whitney Roberts (8-4) took the loss, going six innings, striking out one, allowing four earned runs.
Middlebury put four runs on the board in the first inning to open game two. Middlebury loaded the bases without hitting the ball out of the infield. Kraytenberg, stepping in with the bags full and one-out, delivered an infield single for an RBI. Carlyn Vachow followed with a two-RBI double down the left field line. A fielding error allowed Kraytenberg to score from third for the fourth run of the inning.
In the third, Kraytenberg punched a one-out triple to right and scored on a Vachow SAC fly for a 5-0 lead.
Plymouth scratched a run across in the top of the fourth. After a one-out walk to Przybylo, she moved to second on a wild pitch by Middlebury starter Kat Maehr. An infield ground-out allowed Przybylo to reach third before Barata knocked her home with an RBI single up the middle.
Middlebury hurler Neve Stearns relieved Maehr in the fifth and with the bases loaded and two outs. She calmly struck out Przybylo on three pitches, ending the threat. In the bottom half of the inning, Plymouth State added their own heroics, pulling off one of the rarest plays in softball—the triple play. With runners on first and second, Vachow hit a crisp shot to Jackson at shortstop. Jackson stepped on second for the force, and threw to first base to nail Vachow for two of the three outs. Sam Herbert at first threw across the infield to Przybylo at third, tagging out a Middlebury runner capping the triple play.
The hosts added their final run in the sixth as Kimber Sable slammed an RBI double to center, scoring Christina Bicks from first for the 6-1 final. Sable finished 3-3 with a pair of singles to go with her RBI double. Kraytenberg went 2-2 with a triple and an RBI with two runs scored, while Vachow added three RBI and a double.
Maehr (4-1) went 4.2 innings, earning the win, allowing one earned run and striking out three. Stearns picked up her first career save, tossing 2.1 innings and striking out two, including the key fifth inning K, that ended the threat.
Jackson’s hit-streak extends to 17 games as she went 1-3 with a double—the lone extra-base hit for Plymouth State. Barata added two singles and an RBI, while Przybylo went 1-2 with a run scored. Ali Keith (2-1) allowed six runs (four earned) over six innings in defeat, striking out one.