The Middlebury softball team recorded a 3-1 record last week to end its spring break trip to Clermont, Florida. The Panthers posted a doubleheader sweep over Maine-Farmington on Tuesday, winning both contests in five innings. Middlebury collected a 15-3 triumph in the opening game and completed the sweep with a 10-0 shutout in the nightcap. The Panthers concluded their spring break trip by splitting a pair of games on Wednesday, opening with a 10-3 victory over SUNY Potsdam. Middlebury fell in its second contest of the day against Wellesley, 8-5.
In game one on Tuesday against UMaine-Farmington, the Panthers opened a 1-0 lead in the second inning when junior Taylor Gardner (Carlsbad, Calif.) doubled and scored on an infield error. The lead grew to a pair in the team’s next at-bat on a sacrifice fly to right field by senior Sarah Freyre (Jackson, N.J.), scoring rookie Olivia Bravo (Falls Church, Va.).
Middlebury plated five runs in the fourth, with sophomore Ally Doll (Carver, Mass.) providing a RBI single and Bravo a key two-run triple to make it a 7-0 game midway through the inning.
The Panthers had another big inning in the fifth, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring eight times. Senior Erin Giles (Scarborough, Maine) doubled twice in the inning and drove in two of the runs. Junior Kati Daczkowski (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Gardner each added run-scoring singles as the Panthers led 15-0.
The Beavers plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, making the final 15-3.
Giles led the Panthers, going 3-4 at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Rookie Marybeth Stone (Shillington, Pa.) went 2-4 with two doubles and Gardner also went 2-4 and scored three times.
Sophomore Irene Margiotta (Mendham, N.J.) earned the win for Middlebury, allowing three runs (two earned) over five innings for her third victory of the season.
For UMF, Bonnie-Jane Aiken hit a triple, while Erika Whitman took the loss in the circle, allowing seven runs in four innings.
The Panthers completed the sweep using another big inning in the second game. With the contest scoreless, Middlebury batted around in the second inning, scoring seven times. Giles started the frame with a single and scored one batter later when Stone belted a two-run homer to right field. Daczkowski and Gardner also had clutch hits, delivering RBI doubles later in the inning for a 7-0 lead.
Senior Siobhan O’Sullivan (Reading, Mass.) made it 8-0 in the team’s next turn at the plate, scoring on a wild pitch, while a sacrifice fly to left field by junior Ali Della Volpe (Concord, Mass.) plated another run.
Middlebury closed out the scoring in the last of the fourth, when O’Sullivan doubled to left-center field to score Stone from first base.
Junior pitcher Allison Quigley (Wilmette, Ill.) notched her second shutout of the spring, yielding only two hits in five innings with seven strikeouts.
O’Sullivan was a perfect 3-3 at the plate with two runs score and a RBI, while Stone was 2-3 with home run and two RBI.
For the Beavers, Skylar Watson took the loss, while Kiana Thompson and Amber Grady each finished 1-2 in the batter’s box.
On Wednesday, Middlebury took a 2-0 lead in the third inning against Potsdam, with three-straight doubles from Della Volpe, Bravo and rookie Melanie Mandell (Harrison, N.Y).
The lead grew to 4-0 in the fourth with a pair of runs. Giles walked and scored on a triple to right by Stone. Sophomore Liza Tarr (Winnetka, Ill.) later singled up the middle to plate Stone with the inning’s third run.
Potsdam cut the lead to 4-3 in the fifth before Stone singled and later scored on a base hit from Tarr to make it a 5-3 game through six innings.
The Panthers gained some breathing room in the seventh inning with five runs on four hits. A two-run double to left by Tarr and an RBI single from O’Sullivan drove in three.
Quigley earned the complete-game winning, allowing just one earned run with six strikeouts over seven innings. Stone finished the game 3-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Tarr was 3-4 with four runs driven in.
Meghan Dougherty suffered the loss, allowing four runs over four innings. Lucy Condon and Chelsea Streeter each had two hits to lead the Bears’ offense.
In the day’s second game, Middlebury jumped on Wellesley early as Bravo singled to center and moved up on a base hit to right center by Daczkowski. The pair advanced on a wild pitch before Bravo scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Gardner. Mandell drove in the second run with a single to left as Daczkowski crossed the plate.
Wellesley tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth before the Panthers again went up by a pair with two runs in the bottom of the inning. O'Sullivan singled, stole second and later scored on a base hit from Della Volpe. Daczkowski later singled to left to drive in Della Volpe for the 4-2 lead.
The Blue went back on top in the seventh inning with six runs on six hits and one Panther error, making it an 8-4 game. Middlebury countered with a run in the bottom of the inning on a single down the right-field line by senior Hye-Jin Kim (West Windsor, N.J.), playing O’Sullivan to make it an 8-4 final.
Margiotta took the loss for the Panthers, giving up seven earned runs and 11 hits over seven innings. Daczkowski went 3-4, while Kim, Della Volpe, Mandell and Stone each had a pair of hits.
Madeline Bianchi earned the win for Wellesley over 6.1 innings of work. Four players had two hits apiece, including Anna Pisac, who was 2-3 with two runs scored.
• Softball record: 6-4
• Up Next: 4/5 at Castleton – 3:30 p.m. (DH), 4/7 vs. Amherst – 5:00 p.m., 4/8 vs. Amherst – 12:00 p.m. (DH)