Middlebury Corrals Thoroughbreds With Doubleheader Sweep

Grant Elgarten produced four hits and six RBI in Sunday's sweep at Skidmore.
Grant Elgarten produced four hits and six RBI in Sunday's sweep at Skidmore.

The Middlebury baseball team took both ends of a doubleheader at Skidmore on Sunday, winning the opener 5-1 and taking the nightcap 6-3. The two wins put the Panthers at 16-13 on the season, giving the team the most wins since 2007. Middlebury returns home on Tuesday, hosting Union at 4:00 p.m.

The hosts scored first in the opening contest, plating a run in the bottom of the second inning. Shawn Klier hit a run-scoring single to left field for a 1-0 lead.

The Panthers came right back in the top of the third, manufacturing a run. Johnny Read drew a walk, stole second and scored on a base hit down the left-field line by Gray Goolsby.

Middlebury took its first lead (2-1) an inning later, when Sam Graf got aboard with an infield single and later touched home plate on a sacrifice fly to right field by Raj Palekar. Grant Elgarten made it a 3-1 contest, driving in Alan Guild with a triple to right center.

In the sixth, the Panthers tacked on two more runs, extending the advantage to 5-1. Elgarten drove in both runs with a base hit to left field.

On the mound, Middlebury's Colby Morris (3-3) tossed his team-leading third complete game of the year for the win. He allowed one run on nine hits with four strikeouts.

Elgarten and Kevin Woodring each went 2-3 at the plate for the Panthers with Elgarten knocking in three runs.

Ben Murphy (1-2) suffered the loss for the Thoroughbreds, yielding five runs on six hits over six innings. Will Potter and Steven Gilbert each had two hits for Skidmore.

In the second game, the hosts grabbed a 1-0 lead with a run in the last of the second inning. Middlebury responded with a pair of runs in the third for a 2-1 advantage, Guild ripped a triple to left center, scoring Graf and Justin Han.

After the Thoroughbreds plated two runs in their half of the inning for a 3-2 lead, the Panthers used a four-run fifth to take the lead for good. Graf led off the inning with a single through the left side and scored on a doubled by Woodring. One batter later, Elgarten produced a big three-run homer to left field for a 6-3 advantage.

Middlebury starting pitcher Spencer Shores (4-0) earned the win going five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Conor Himstead pitched two scoreless innings for his NESCAC-leading sixth save.

Han and Elgarten each came through with two hits for the Panthers, with Elgarten adding his first collegiate home run.

Jacob Berish (2-3) took the loss for Skidmore in the second contest, while Gilbert and Patrick Geiger both went 2-4 at the plate.