Softball Earns Four Road Wins to Start 2019

Sophia Marlino was 5-6 with a homer, two doubles, six runs scored and five RBI on Saturday.
Sophia Marlino was 5-6 with a homer, two doubles, six runs scored and five RBI on Saturday.

The Middlebury softball team started its 2019 season with four convincing road wins last weekend. On Saturday, the Panthers eased past the College of New Rochelle, taking the opener of the doubleheader by an 11-0 score in five innings, before claiming a 13-3 victory in six innings. The next day, Middlebury recorded an 8-2 win in the first game at Drew, before taking the nightcap 11-0 in five innings.

  • In the first game against New Rochelle, the Panthers scored in every inning, with three runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third, four more in the fourth and one in the fifth for the 11-0 win.
  • Rookie Sara Tobias (New York, N.Y.) was 3-3 with three runs scored, while classmate Jen McGann (Old Tappan, N.J.) was 2-3 with a homer, triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Senior Irene Margiotta (Mendham, N.J.) faced the minimum 15 batters in the circle for the Panthers, allowing a third-inning single that was erased on a double play and struck out three.
  • Ahead 3-2 in the second game, Middlebury exploded for seven runs on nine hits in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run double from Marlino for a 10-2 lead.
  • McGann picked up her initial collegiate win in the circle, giving up three runs on three hits in five innings. Marlino went 3-3 with a homer, double, four runs scored and five RBI. Senior Liza Tarr (Winnetka, Ill.) was 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while four other Panthers each had multi-hit games.
  • Leading 1-0 in the fourth inning of game one against Drew, rookie Noelle Ruschil (Katonah, N.Y.) and Tobias hit back-to-back solo homers.
  • Middlebury struck for five runs the following inning, as the Panthers sent nine batters to the plate, with four at-bats resulting in doubles, including a two-run base hit by Marlino.
  • Sophomore Emily Moore (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) went 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI, while junior Melanie Mandell (Harrison, N.Y.), Ruschil and Tobias each went 2-3. Margiotta picked up the win, striking out five while allowing one earned run over seven innings of work. With her five Ks, she surpassed the 100-career strikeout mark (103).
  • In the nightcap, the Panthers tallied in four of the five innings, as Marlino finished 3-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored.
  • McGann picked up the win, tossing a three-hit shutout.
  • Marlino had a big opening weekend, going 9-14 (.643) with three home runs, three doubles, nine runs scored and 11 RBI, while Tobias smacked eight hits in 13 at-bats (.615) with nine runs scored. Margiotta logged two complete games, posting a 0.54 earned run average with 10 strikeouts over 13 innings of work, while McGann had a 1.40 ERA and a complete game with 10 innings.
  • For their efforts, Marlino was tabbed as the NESCAC Hitter of the Week, while Margiotta earned NESCAC Pitcher of the Week honors.

• Softball record: 4-0
• Up Next: 3/23 vs. Thomas (Maine) –12:00 p.m., 3/23 vs. Carleton – 2:15 p.m., 3/24 vs. Oberlin – 11:30 a.m., 3/24 vs. Miami-Hamilton – 1:45 p.m. (Start of Spring Break Trip in Florida)