Softball Eliminated From NESCAC Tournament

May 4, 2013

Middlebury fell to Tufts 1-0 in the winners bracket before being eliminated 5-1 by Bowdoin at the 2013 NESCAC Softball Championship. The victory put the Polar Bears into the finals on Sunday where they fell to Tufts. The Panthers end their season with a record of 26-11.

In their first game of the day, Middlebury saw Tufts ace Allyson Fournier pitch a two-hit shutout to lead her team to a 1-0 win on Spicer Field. The shutout was her 10th of the year as the Jumbos improved to 37-3 with the victory.

Tufts, playing as the visitor on their home field against Middlebury, scored the game’s only run in the top of the first. Sara Hedtler led off with a bunt single and scored when Emily Beinecke doubled to right field with two outs.

Fournier had a no-hitter through five innings. However, Middlebury had four runners on base during that span due to two hit-by-pitches, a walk, and a Tufts error. Fournier bore down and kept the Panthers off the board.

In the Middlebury sixth, Jackie Stern broke up the no-hitter with a line single to left. Jessa Hoffman followed with a single to put runners on first and second with no outs. Fournier worked out of the jam by striking out the next two batters and getting a fly ball for the third out. She worked a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh to close out the victory to improve to 18-1 overall while striking out seven.

Panther starter Alexa Lesenskyj took the loss, allowing four hits and one run in four innings. Neve Stearns worked three scoreless innings in relief, giving up four hits and striking out two.

In game two, Bowdoin’s Casey Correa doubled in the fifth and sixth innings to spur her team to a 5-1 come-from-behind win. Trailing 1-0, Bowdoin (30-13) scored three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to earn the win. They will face host Tufts in game six of the NESCAC Championship at 10 am on Sunday. The Polar Bears will need to win twice to take the title, with an if necessary game seven included.

Correa doubled with one out in the fifth inning and then went to third on a wind-aided double by Siena Mitman which looked like it might be caught. After a strikeout, Toni DaCampo singled home both runs to give Bowdoin a 2-1 advantage. Gen Barlow followed with a single up the middle scoring DaCampo and it was 3-1.

Bowdoin then led off the sixth with a single by Adriane Krul. She was doubled to third by sophomore Victoria Rusch. Correa then drove a two-run double off the fence in left giving the Polar Bears a 5-1 margin.

That lead was safe behind the pitching of first-year Julia Geaumont, who overcome a Bowdoin error which put the lead Middlebury batter on base to open the seventh. She retired the side from there, putting the finishing touches on a complete game win. She allowed four hits and one run in seven innings for her 11th victory.

Middlebury had struck first in the second inning when Emily Kraytenberg led off with a walk. She came around to score on a double by Sarah Boylan. Geaumont kept the Panthers off the bases for the most part from there, allowing just two hits and no walks the rest of the way.

Correa finished 2-3 with two RBI’s and a run for Bowdoin, while Barlow went 2-3 with an RBI. The Polar Bears had 10 hits overall, seven in the fifth and sixth combined.

Elizabeth Morris took the loss for Middlebury, surrendering seven hits and three runs with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.