Middlebury hung tough with 10th-ranked Redlands (22-6), but found itself on the short end of a 4-1 contest in California. The Panthers (4-8) are off Thursday before playing Williams in game one of a NESCAC West series on the campus of La Verne on Friday.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead in the third when Andrew Hennings singled to left, moved to second on a wild pitch, before advancing to third on a fly ball. He crossed the plate on another fly out, this one a sacrifice to left by Brooks Carroll.
Redlands responded in the bottom of the inning, with a run crossing the plate on a sacrifice fly by Will Hall and a second tally on a double to right center by Brendan Gardiner.
The Bulldogs added two runs in the fifth, one coming on a double steal, as Hall stole home in the first-and-third situation. Ranier Aguilar drove in the other run with an RBI single to right center, putting his team up 4-1.
Justin Legowski (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs and five hits over five innings of work. John Tipps threw a scoreless fifth, while Bobby Sullivan followed with three innings of one-hit shutout relief. Three different Panthers singled in the game.
Michael Rishebarger (1-0) threw six innings to pick up the win, allowing one run on three hits. Gardiner and Aguilar each had a pair of hits at the plate.