Middlebury Drops Series Finale at Wesleyan

Alan Guild had two hits for the Panthers on Sunday.
Alan Guild had two hits for the Panthers on Sunday.

Wesleyan scored seven times in the bottom of the first inning, before holding off a Middlebury rally, as the Cardinals posted a 10-6 win Sunday in Connecticut. Wesleyan (13-6, 3-0) took all three games of the NESCAC West series. The Panthers return to the field Tuesday for their home opener, hosting Southern Vermont at 3:30 p.m.

The Cardinals had a big first inning, scoring seven times on only one hit. Five Cardinal batters walked with the bases loaded, while Alex Cappitelli delivered a two-run double as the hosts led 7-0.

Middlebury got a run back in the top of the second, when Alan Guild led off with a double down the right-field line. He later scored on an infield error, making it a 7-1 contest.

Guild helped the Panthers trim two more runs off the deficit in the third, driving in Brooks Carroll and Sam Graf with a single through the right side of the infield. The hosts answered in their half of the inning with two runs, extending the lead to 9-3.

The Panthers scored again in the fourth inning, as Brendan Donohue was hit by a pitch, stole second and crossed home plate on a double to the gap in right-center field by Hayden Smith. Middlebury continued to chip away two inning later with another pair of runs. Carroll dropped a double just inside the line in right field, driving in Donohue and Smith to make it a 9-6 contest.

The hosts added a final run in the seventh to close out the scoring in the 10-6 triumph.

Carroll finished with three hits in five at bats, including a pair of doubles, for Middlebury, while Guild (2-5) and Smith (2-4) each had two hits with a double. On the mound, Colin Waters (0-3) took the loss for the Panthers, while Robert Erickson allowed three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings of relief, while Jack Miller tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

Seven different Cardinals had a hit, while they also benefitted from nine walks. Jack Alonzo (2-0) earned the win with 2.2 innings of relief and Ryan Earle collected his third save, throwing the final 3.1 innings.