Established in 1882, the Panther baseball program has continued to be a New England presence throughout the years. The 2006 squad won the program’s first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, advancing to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history. The squad set more than a dozen team records, including most wins in a season with 26. Middlebury produced a torrid .361 batting average as a team, placing them second in the nation among all Division III institutions. The 1999 squad won 20 games and made the team’s first postseason appearance in school history. The 2011 team returned to the postseason, taking part in the NESCAC Tournament. In 2017, the Panthers earned the second-most victories in the program's history (22), advancing to the NESCAC Championship game. During the 2019 season, Middlebury matched the 2006 team's win total with 26 victories (26-13) and played its way into the NESCAC Championship contest.
The Panthers own one of the finest baseball facilities in New England that is named Forbes Field. The composition of the field insures the team the earliest possible opportunity to play. Along with excellent drainage, the facility includes an in-ground sprinkler system, a new electric scoreboard installed in the spring of 2018, dugouts and a panoramic view of the Green Mountains.
Practice begins on February 15 inside the state-of-the-art Virtue Field House. The team makes an annual spring break trip to California, Arizona or Florida in March before returning to campus and beginning its northern schedule.