Softball Goes 4-1 In Five Contests; Sweeps NESCAC West Series at Wesleyan

Emily Moore tied the school record with six RBI in the game, belting a grand-slam in the seventh inning.
Emily Moore tied the school record with six RBI in the game, belting a grand-slam in the seventh inning.

The Middlebury softball team posted a 4-1 record last week in five games. On Wednesday at home, the Panthers earned a come-from-behind 8-7 win over Keene State in game one, but fell by a 13-9 score in the nightcap in game that was halted after the fifth inning due to darkness. In Friday’s NESCAC West series opener, Middlebury scored 13 runs in the final two innings on its way to a 19-6 win. On Saturday, the Panthers completed a three-game sweep with 3-2 and 4-1 victories over the Cardinals.

  • Trailing 1-0 in the first inning against Keene State, Middlebury scored four times in the bottom of the frame, including RBI singles from rookie Sara Tobias (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore Kaylee Gumm (Sequim, Wash.), for a 4-1 lead.
  • Behind 7-5 in the sixth, the Panthers scored three times, including a two-run single from junior Melanie Mandell (Harrison, N.Y.) and a game-winning sacrifice fly by rookie Noelle Ruschil (Katonah, N.Y.) for the 8-7 win.
  • Senior Ally Doll (Carver, Mass.) was 3-3 and scored twice, while rookie Sophie Bolinger (Swarthmore, Pa.) and sophomore Emily Moore (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) were each 2-3 with two runs scored apiece. Senior Irene Margiotta (Mendham, N.J.) earned the win, striking out three over seven innings of work.
  • Middlebury started game two with five runs in the first inning,  as junior Olivia Bravo (Falls Church, Va.) ripped a two-run single to right to highlight the frame.
  • Down 11-5 in the bottom of the fourth, Middlebury struck for a pair in the bottom of the inning, as senior Liza Tarr (Winnetka, Ill.) drove in a run with an infield single.
  • The Owls added a pair of runs in the fifth for a 13-7 lead, but the Panthers struck for two of their own on an RBI double to left center by Moore and a run-scoring single to center by Mandell.
  • Five different Panthers had two hits in the game, including Tobias and Bravo, who each went 2-2. Moore was 2-3 with three runs scored, while Bravo had a pair of RBI. Sophomore Caroline Thacker (Niskayuna, N.Y.) suffered the loss.
  • On Friday at Wesleyan with Middlebury up 6-4 after five innings, the Panthers opened the game up with five runs in the sixth. Moore dropped a double on the line in left to drive in a pair of runs, Ruschil walked with the bases loaded, before a two-run single down the right-field line by Tarr gave Middlebury an 11-4 lead.
  • After Wesleyan scored twice in the sixth, Middlebury tacked on eight runs, including a grand slam by Moore, and eased to the 19-6 win.
  • Moore went 2-7 with a double, homer, six RBI and two runs scored, while Mandell had a 3-4 game with a double, two RBI and three runs scored. Marlino and Tobias were each 2-3 with a double and two runs scored.
  • Ruschil set a school record with six walks in the game, breaking the previous mark of four set by Katelyn Canella in 2008. Moore tied a school mark with six RBI, while the team matched a school record with 17 walks in the contest.
  • The 19 runs were the most since the Panthers scored 22 on St. Joseph's in April of 2017.
  • Margiotta picked up the win, striking out three and allowing four earned runs over seven innings of work.
  • In Saturday’s opener, Middlebury got on the board in the first when Bolinger singled and later scored on a triple to left center by Mandell.
  • Tied at 1-1, the Panthers scored twice on run-scoring doubles from Moore and Mandell for the two-run lead. The Cardinals scored once in the seventh for the final 3-2 win.
  • Margiotta earned the win in relief, after Thacker threw five innings, allowing no runs. Bollinger, Moore and Mandell each had two hits in the game, with Mandell driving in a pair.
  • In the nightcap, Middlebury again got on the board first on an RBI triple to center by Mandell. The Panthers added an unearned run later in the inning for a 2-0 lead.
  • Up 2-1, the visitors added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning for a 4-1 lead on a two-run single to right center by Tobias.
  • Margiotta earned her third win of the weekend, moving to 8-5. She allowed one run on four hits, striking out three. Mandell went 3-4 with a triple and three runs driven in, Ruschil scored twice, while Tobias drove in a pair.
  • For her efforts, Mandell was named the NESCAC Player of the Week.

• Softball record: 10-9
• Up Next: 4/17 at Union (N.Y.) – 3:30 p.m. (DH), 4/19 at Hamilton – 5:00 p.m., 4/20 at Hamilton – 12:00 p.m. (DH)