Established in 1882, the Panther baseball program has continued to be a New England presence. The 2006 squad won the team’s first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, advancing to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history. The squad set over a dozen team records, including most wins in a season with 26. Middlebury produced a torrid .361 batting average as a team, placing them second in the nation among all Division III institutions. The 1999 squad won 20 games and made the team’s first postseason appearance in school history. The 2011 team returned to the postseason, taking part in the NESCAC Tournament.
The Panthers own one of the finest baseball facilities in New England. The composition of the field insures the team the earliest possible opportunity to play. Along with excellent drainage, the facility includes an in-ground sprinkler system, an electric scoreboard, dugouts and a panoramic view of the Green Mountains.
The team carries approximately 25 varsity players. Sound defense and aggressive offense are two characteristics Coach Smith looks for in prospective athletes. Practice begins on February 15 with tryouts held during the first two weeks of the season. Pre-season practice opportunities are available in January on an informal basis.
Practices are held daily, and typically involve the athlete for approximately two hours. Usually 30 games are scheduled each year, eight to ten of these played during the team’s annual spring trip. The Panthers presently travel to Phoenix, Arizona for their spring trip, which is funded by the College, player fund-raising and donations.