Middlebury received a strong start from Colin Waters, as the Panthers picked up a 6-3 win over Union (25-7) on Forbes Field Tuesday afternoon. Middlebury (14-13) returns to action at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Plattsburgh State, while Union will host Trinity at 6:30 p.m. on the same day.
Middlebury sent eight batters to the plate in the seventh inning, scoring five runs on three hits. Palekar was hit by a pitch before Han and Henry Strmecki walked to load the bases. Hayden Smith earned an RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, making it a 2-0 game. Alan Guild followed, belting a grand-slam home run over the right-field fence for a 6-0 advantage.
The Dutchmen rallied in the ninth with three runs on three hits. Sean Cullen drove in a run with an RBI single to left center, Chris Symington walked with the bases loaded, while Will Bellamy plated a run on a fielder's choice.
Waters (1-3) gave up just three hits in seven innings of work, striking out six, while Andrew Martinson threw a scoreless eighth. Guild finished the game 2-4 with a homer and four RBI, while Brooks Carroll was 2-4 with a double.
Charlie Hoover threw four innings of three-hit baseball for Union, while Adam Hall (1-1) suffered the loss in relief, giving up one unearned run in 1.1 innings of work. Cullen finished the game 3-4.
The win was the eighth straight for the Panthers, as Han swiped his NESCAC-best 19th stolen base.