Middlebury split a pair of games with Elmhurst (4-5) on Sunday afternoon in Florida. The Panthers (6-3) took game one by a score of 3-1, but fell in the nightcap, 4-1. Middlebury is back in action on Monday with a 9:45 a.m. contest against Wisconsin-Whitewater.
In the fourth, Sam Graf drew a walk and moved to second on a single by Jake Dianno. Han then drove in Graf with an RBI double. Two batters later, Hennings walked with the bases loaded to force in Dianno.
Elmhurst got a run back in the fifth when Chad Tucker led off the inning with a solo shot. That would be the game's final run, as the Panthers came away with a 3-1 victory.
Colin Waters (1-1) picked up the win, allowing one run and four hits over six innings with five strikeouts. George Goldstein tossed a scoreless seventh to earn the save. Han finished the game 2-4 with a double, Dianno was 2-3, while Ryan Hanrahan doubled.
Fred Birr (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up three runs and six hits over four innings of work. Tucker went 2-2 with a solo homer for the Bluejays.
In the second contest, Henry Strmecki led the game off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Smith.
Elmhurst answered with a sacrifice fly of its own in the bottom of the first for an unearned run.
The Bluejays added two runs in the third inning with an RBI single by Jordan Scrimpsher and a run scoring double by Tyler Kledzik.
Elmhurst added an insurance run in the sixth with a run-scoring single by Kevin Johlie, making it a 4-1 final.
Alex Rosario (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs (none earned) on six hits with five strikeouts over 3.2 innings. Bobby Sullivan gave up a run on two hits with 2.1 innings of work. Five different Panthers had hits in the game, with a double by Graf and a triple from Strmecki.
Scrimpsher earned the win, giving up a run on five hits over six innings with eight strikeouts. Trey Compton and Drew Raspolich each went 2-3.