Middlebury's offense continued to churn out the hits and runs, as the Panthers scored in seven different innings during a 17-1 triumph over Plattsburgh State on Wednesday at Forbes Field. Over the past two games, Middlebury has scored 32 runs on 37 hits, including a season-high 19 against the Cardinals. The Panthers (17-8) return to NESCAC play on Friday, starting a three-game series at Amherst at 4:00 p.m., while the Cardinals (8-16) host Fredonia the same day.
Middlebury jumped out to an early lead, plating a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Justin Han led off with a double inside the bag at third and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Brooks Carroll. The hosts doubled the lead to 2-0 when Gray Goolsby drove in Henry Strmecki with a ground out.
Middlebury added four more runs in the second, starting with an RBI double to deep center by Han. He touched the plate one batter later on a single through the left side by Strmecki. Carroll increased the lead to 6-0 with a two-run single to left field.
Carroll struck again the last of the fourth, driving in a pair of runs with another base hit to left field.
In the fifth, the hosts added another run, before tacking on a four-run inning in their next at bat for a 13-0 cushion.
The Cardinals plated a run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly to center field by Jon Craft, scoring Kentaro Mori.
On the mound for the Panthers, Alex Rosario (1-1) retired the first 13 batters he faced, earning his first collegiate victory. He gave up just two hits over six innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Jackson Atwood earned a save, throwing the final three innings and giving up one run on three hits.
Thirteen different Middlebury players recorded hits in the win, paced by Andrew Gough going 3-4 with three runs. Carroll went 2-3 with a game-high five RBI, while Strmecki went 2-3 and scored three times.
Rocco Cipriano reached base twice for Plattsburgh State, going 1-2 with a walk. Starting pitcher Joe Mazzariello (0-2) took the loss, giving up five runs in 1.2 innings.
Middlebury has scored at least 10 runs in a game 11 times this season.