Middlebury extended its winning streak to six games, as the Panthers claimed both ends of a doubleheader against Union on Wednesday. The hosts won the opener 8-0 in five innings and posted a 10-3 triumph in the nightcap. Middlebury (13-7) returns to NESCAC West action Friday, starting a three-game series at Williams at 5:00 p.m., while the Dutchwomen (5-13) remain on the road with two games Saturday at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Panthers used a big third inning to take control of the first game, sending 10 batters to the plate and plating six runs. Emily Moore opened the scoring with a single to left center, while Allison Quigley followed with a two-run single past the bag at third for a 3-0 edge. Melanie Mandell laced a double over the head of the left fielder for two more runs and Irene Margiotta accounted for the sixth run of the frame with a base hit to right field.
Middlebury ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with two runs, as Liza Tarr drove in Mandell with a two-base hit for a 7-0 edge. Tarr scored the eighth and deciding run, racing home on a base hit by Kaylee Gumm.
Quigley tossed four hitless innings, improving to 6-1 on the season, while Margiotta hurled a scoreless fifth.
Mandell led the Panthers at the plate, going 3-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Gumm finished with two hits, two RBI and walked.
For the Dutchwomen, Catie Raeter pitched a complete game, while Kara Brown and Gigi Kieltyka each had hits.
In the second game, Middlebury raced out to a 3-0 after an inning of play. Quigley singled in two runs to start the scoring, while Mandell lofted a sacrifice fly to left field, plating Moore for a three-run cushion.
Union countered with a run in its second at bat, as Kim Puzo doubled down the line in left field, bringing home Kendall Rogoff.
Clare Tipler scored on an infield error for the hosts to open the scoring in the bottom of the second, while Moore plated two more runs with a base hit for a 6-1 lead. Mandell made it 7-1 at the end of two frames, singling to center field to score Moore.
The Dutchwomen pushed two more runs across in the third, as Stuart Buxton raced home on a wild pitch and Courtney Casey hit an RBI single to left field.
Middlebury capped the scoring in the bottom of the fourth, when Tarr ripped a three-run home run to left field. The homer was the first of her career.
Panther pitcher Emily Morris (6-5) was nearly perfect in relief for the win, allowing only one walk over the final five innings with seven strikeouts.
Olivia Bravo went 3-4 with two runs scored, while pushing her hitting streak to 10 games. Moore added two hits and Morris picked up her first collegiate hit.
Four different players had hits for the Dutchwomen with Puzo and Dana Dolinko each hitting a double. Dolinko started the game for Union and took the loss in the circle, while Makayla Koehler allowed two earned runs over the final four innings.