Panthers Run Past Skidmore in Midweek Contest

Justin Han went 3-3 with two walks and four runs scored in Wednesday's win.
Justin Han went 3-3 with two walks and four runs scored in Wednesday's win.

The Middlebury baseball team scored in four different innings, taking advantage of four Skidmore wild pitches en route to a 5-1 victory Wednesday on Castle Diamond. The Panthers (7-13) return to the field on Saturday when they host Bowdoin at 4:00 p.m.

The visitors jumped on the board quickly in the top of the first inning with a pair of runs. Justin Han started things with a walk, stole second, before scoring on a wild pitch. A couple batters later, Hayden Smith drew a base on balls and later touched home plate on a wild pitch.

In the top of the third, the Panthers took a 3-0 lead when Han started the frame with a single to center field. He scooted to third on a double down the right-field line by Smith, before scoring on a Thoroughbred fielding error.

Skidmore (11-15) tallied its lone run of the contest in the home half of the fourth. Sam Beck recorded a one-out single down the left-field line, eventually scoring on an infield single to third by Nick Fronte.

The Panthers pushed their lead back to three at 4-1 when Han induced his second walk of the game to start the inning. He stole second, raced to third on a Smith base hit to left and scored on a wild pitch.

Middlebury tacked on the final run of the game in the seventh. With one out, Han singled and moved to second a Skidmore error. He stole third and scored his fourth run of the game on a wild pitch.

The Thoroughbreds had only one baserunner in the final two innings, as the Panthers earned the 5-1 win.

Han paced the offense by reaching base in all five plate appearances, tallying three singles, two walks and scoring four runs. Smith went 2-3 with a run scored, while Grant Elgarten had an RBI. On the mound, Colby Morris (3-4) picked up the win for the Panthers, allowing one run on six hits with four strikeouts in four innings. Robert Erickson was effective in three innings of work out of the bullpen, striking out three and giving up just two hits. John Tipps and George Goldstein both recorded three outs for the visitors.  

Will Potter and Jake Hardy both went 2-5 at the plate for Skidmore, while four others had a hit including the RBI single for Fronte. Matt McQuaid (0-1) took the loss for the hosts, giving up two runs (one earned) without a hit while walking two and striking out a pair in an inning of work. The Thoroughbreds utilized a total of nine pitchers in the contest.