Panthers Split Twinbill at Bard

Hayden Smith went 4-6 at the plate with a double during Sunday's games.
Hayden Smith went 4-6 at the plate with a double during Sunday's games.

Middlebury received six quality innings from Colby Morris on the mound in Sunday's opener en route to a 7-0 seven-inning victory over Bard at Honey Field. The Raptors grabbed the nightcap of the doubleheader by a 9-3 score to earn the split. Middlebury moves to 1-2 for the young season, while Bard evens its record at 2-2. Middlebury returns to the diamond Saturday on the road when it plays Stevens Institute of Technology at Emory beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by a 1:00 p.m. contest with the host Eagles.

In game one, the Panthers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a pair of runs. Henry Strmecki made it 1-0 when he led off with a double down the left-field line, stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Justin Han made it a two-run difference when he touched home on a sacrifice fly to right field from Andrew Hennings.

Middlebury tacked on four more runs in the top of the second, starting when Hamilton Evans stole home. Strmecki followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Gray Goolsby who walked. Hennings followed with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Hayden Smith who singled. Han extended the lead to 6-0 when he scored on a single to left from Sam Graf.

The Panthers added on a single tally in the sixth when Goolsby scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Han.

Smith led the visitors with a 3-3 performance at the plate in the opener, while Hennings drove in two runs. Han and Goolsby each induced two walks.

Morris earned the victory on the mound for the Panthers, going six strong innings. He scattered just two hits, back-to-back singles in the fourth inning, and didn't allow a runner to reach third base, while striking out nine against just two walks. George Goldstein recorded the final three outs for the Panthers.

Elliot Goldstein suffered the loss for the Raptors, giving up six runs (five earned) on two hits and five walks over 1.1 innings. Kyle Zigner pitched the final 5.2 innings for the hosts, allowing just an unearned run on four hits.

In the victory, the Panthers stole eight bases as a team including three from Smith and two by Han, marking the most in a single game since March 22, 2004 when the team swiped 11 bases.

Bard got off to the early lead in the second game, plating a run in the top of the first on an RBI groundout from Jeff Goldrosen. The Raptors tacked on two more in the home half of the second for a 3-0 lead. The hosts doubled the advantage in the fourth with three runs on three hits and were aided by a pair of Panther errors.

Middlebury got the three runs back in the top of the fifth. Smith started the frame with a double down the left-field line, scoring on Strmecki's double to left center. Strmecki later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Hennings, while Han scored the third tally on an RBI groundout from Grant Elgarten.

The Raptors scored three times in the bottom of the inning for the final 9-3 score.

Strmecki, Hennings and Smith each had doubles for the Panthers in the nightcap, while Graf had the fourth hit. Elgarten also drew two walks for Middlebury.

Colin Waters (0-1) tossed the first 3.1 innings allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Andrew Martinson pitched the next 1.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while Justin Legowski struck out a pair in one frame of work.

Five different Raptors had two-hit performances in game two, including David Schlosser (2-2, 2 R), Lee Perry (2-4, 2 R), Esteban Rivera (2-3, 2 R), Jordan Myers (2-2, 2 R) and Matt Lasky (2-4). Julian Gonzalez drove in a pair of runs.

Frank Ortega (1-0) went the first five innings for Bard, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits with five strikeouts and five walks, while Alex Bunnell went the final two innings with two strikeouts.