Middlebury scored three times in the 11th inning to pick up a 9-8 win over Southwestern (5-6) in the rubber game of a three-game series in Texas. The Panthers (2-1) return to action next Saturday with a game at Muhlenberg, followed by two at Swarthmore on Sunday.
Middlebury got on the board in the first inning when Justin Han walked and later scored on an RBI single up the middle by Andrew Hennings. The Panthers added a run in the third inning when Alec Ritch singled and crossed the plate when Andrew Gough reached on a base hit up the middle.
Southwestern made it a one-run game (2-1) in the bottom of the second, before the Panthers scored twice in the fourth. Ritch was hit by a pitch, before Gough belted a two-run homer to make it a 4-1 game. The Pirates tied the game in the bottom of the inning with three runs, two of them unearned, making it a 4-4 game.
Middlebury went back on top in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly to center by Ritch, plating Hayden Smith, who reached on an error. Southwestern scored a run of their own in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Seth Sparks, knotting the game at 5-5
The Pirates took their first lead of the game in the seventh on a sacrifice fly, but the Panthers tied the game at 6-6 in the ninth with an RBI double from Smith, driving in Andrew Hennings.
In the bottom of the 10th, Southwestern's Chase Thinger singled to right and Hayden Craig walked to put runners on first and second with two outs. Andrew Martinson induced a groundout to get out of the inning.
In the 11th, Gough doubled, Han was hit by a pitch and Henry Strmecki reached on an error to load the bases with nobody out. Hennings reached on an error as Gough and Han scored to put the visitors up, 8-6. One batter later, Jack Stopler drove in Strmecki with a sacrifice fly to left, making it a 9-6 game.
The Pirates did not go down easily, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning. A run scored on a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly, cutting the Panther led to 9-8. Evan Stewart was able to get out of the jam to pick up his first-career save.
Sam Grace got the start for Middlebury, giving up two earned runs on three hits over 3.2 innings with three strikeouts. Martinson (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of two-hit pitching, striking out three.
Gough finished the game 3-5 with a double, home run, two runs scored and three RBI. Hennings went 2-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI, while Han and Ritch each went 1-3 with two runs scored.
Trey Schwarz (1-1) suffered the loss in relief for Southwestern, giving up one earned run and three hits over 3.2 innings with five strikeouts. Lance Kruse went 3-4 with a double and three runs scored to pace the Pirates.