Panthers Fall at Union

John Luke belted his second home run of the season against Union.
John Luke belted his second home run of the season against Union.

The Middlebury baseball team jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but a three-run third inning by Union proved to be the difference as the hosts posted a 5-2 win over the Panthers on Tuesday at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, New York. Middlebury (11-18) is at St. Joseph's tomorrow for a 4:00 p.m. start.

The Panthers scored in the game's opening inning when John Luke hit his second home run of the spring to left field for a 1-0 lead.

The Dutchmen (18-12) came right back in their half of the frame, scoring three times. Jake Fishman tied the game 1-1 with a single to left field, while Eric Egan hit a two-run ground-rule double down the left-field line for a 3-1 advantage.

Middlebury got a run back in the fifth when Luke lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Garrett Werner, who used a single to center to get on base.

Union added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, as Jake Vesling led off the inning with a single and advanced to third after a Devin Coffey sacrifice bunt and a Fishman groundout. Egan registered his third RBI of the day, legging out an infield single, scoring Vesling.  Egan advanced to third on a stolen base and an error before Harrison Glatt drove him home with a RBI single to center, giving Union a 5-2 lead.

The Panthers got one runner aboard in the top of the ninth on an error, but Vesling didn't allow the runner to get past first base for his first save of the season.

Werner extended his hitting streak to 10 straight, finishing 3-5 at the plate with a run scored. Luke drove in both Middlebury runs, going 1-2 with a homer.

Panther pitcher Joe MacDonald (2-2) threw his first complete game of the season, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with a pair of strikeouts.  

For Union, Egan had a pair of hits, including a double and drove in three runs, while Coffey reached base three times with two hits a walk.            

The Dutchmen used four pitchers in the game with Nick Williams (3-3) tossing three innings of relief to earn the victory. He yielded one run and three hits and struck out two.