Middlebury Tops Hamilton in Eight Innings

Liza Tarr delivered the game-winning hit for the Panthers against Hamilton.
Liza Tarr delivered the game-winning hit for the Panthers against Hamilton.

Middlebury's Liza Tarr singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Panthers edged Hamilton 2-1 Sunday in a NESCAC West contest played at Williams. The game was originally scheduled at Middlebury on April 14, but weather forced the contest to be moved to a neutral site with the Panthers remaining the home team. Middlebury is home on Tuesday for a twinbill against Rennselaer, while the Continentals (11-19, 2-7) host Amherst for a conference series starting on Friday.

The home team opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as Allison Quigley doubled with two outs and scored one batter later on a two-base hit by Melanie Mandell to the gap in right-center field.

Hamilton tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning, as Caitlin Berreitter raced home on a sacrifice bunt by Liz Brautigam.

The Panthers won the game in the eighth inning, plating an unearned run. Quigley reached base on an infield error, moved to third on a double by Mandell, before scoring on a base hit to center field by Tarr.

In the circle for Middlebury, Emily Morris (7-7) tossed a complete game, allowing only one run in eight innings on four hits. Mandell went 3-4 at the plate with all three hits being doubles, tying a program record for two-base hits in a game. Mandell is the first Panther to accomplish that feat since current teammate Kati Daczkowski did in 2016. Quigley added a double and scored both of Middlebury's runs.

Dez DePaulis (4-8) took loss for Hamilton, yielding two runs (one earned) on eight hits in seven innings. Four different Continentals recorded hits, with Helen Lin getting a double.

Sunday's win gave Middlebury a three-game sweep of the season series.