Baseball Downs Union to Win Eighth Straight

Colin Waters allowed just three hits over seven innings of work with six strikeouts.
Colin Waters allowed just three hits over seven innings of work with six strikeouts.

Middlebury received a strong start from Colin Waters, as the Panthers picked up a 6-3 win over Union (25-7) on Forbes Field Tuesday afternoon. Middlebury (14-13) returns to action at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Plattsburgh State, while Union will host Trinity at 6:30 p.m. on the same day.

Sebastian Sanchez put the hosts up 1-0, scoring on an RBI ground out by Justin Han in the fifth inning. A double to left by Raj Palekar previously moved Sanchez to third base.

Middlebury sent eight batters to the plate in the seventh inning, scoring five runs on three hits. Palekar was hit by a pitch before Han and Henry Strmecki walked to load the bases. Hayden Smith earned an RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, making it a 2-0 game. Alan Guild followed, belting a grand-slam home run over the right-field fence for a 6-0 advantage.

The Dutchmen rallied in the ninth with three runs on three hits. Sean Cullen drove in a run with an RBI single to left center, Chris Symington walked with the bases loaded, while Will Bellamy plated a run on a fielder's choice.

Waters (1-3) gave up just three hits in seven innings of work, striking out six, while Andrew Martinson threw a scoreless eighth. Guild finished the game 2-4 with a homer and four RBI, while Brooks Carroll was 2-4 with a double.

Charlie Hoover threw four innings of three-hit baseball for Union, while Adam Hall (1-1) suffered the loss in relief, giving up one unearned run in 1.1 innings of work. Cullen finished the game 3-4.

The win was the eighth straight for the Panthers, as Han swiped his NESCAC-best 19th stolen base.