Middlebury broke a two-all tie with a run in the fifth inning to hang on for a 3-2 win in game one and later cruised to a 10-1 victory to complete the two-game sweep of visiting Skidmore. With a 10-game winning streak, the Panthers improve to 17-7 and return to NESCAC West action tomorrow against Amherst.
In game one, Middlebury scored two in the bottom of the first as Lauren Battaglia slammed a double to left center scoring Christine Grimaldi. Later in the inning, Ellen Sargent plated Battaglia with an RBI single to make the score 2-0. Skidmore answered with two runs in the top of the fourth when Katelyn Kennedy smacked a long triple to right to score Shaila Delea.
Sasha Diamond-Lenow hit an RBI single down the right field line that scored Kennedy to tie the game at two. In the home half of the fifth inning, Lauren Guza singled and was replaced by pinch runner Maura Casey. After a single by Grimaldi, Battaglia doubled to center for her second RBI as Casey crossed the plate to make it a 3-2 Panther lead. Skidmore had a chance to change the score in the top of the seventh with runners on first and third with just one out. Jennifer Williams, who replaced starting pitcher Megan McCarthy in the third inning, got the next two outs to preserve the win.
Battaglia led the Panthers with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. Grimaldi also had two hits and scored a run. Kennedy and Diamond-Lenow paced the Thoroughbreds with one hit and one RBI each.
Leading 1-0, the Panthers batted around in the second inning scoring eight runs on just five hits to take a commanding 9-0 lead. RBI's by Casey, Battaglia and two by Sargent highlighted the scoring in the inning. After another run by Middlebury in the third, Skidmore scored their lone run of the game in the top of the fourth as Emily Turek blasted a triple deep into right field. Sarah Stehouwer hit an RBI single up the middle to score Turek and end the scoring at 10-1 in the five inning contest.
Six Panthers had hits in the second game, led by Ellen Sargent's two singles. Sargent also led the team with two RBI while four other Panthers chipped with one apiece. Susan Miranowski, Kathryn Hurd, and Katelyn Cannella each scored twice in the game. Pitcher Brittany Burke picked up her fifth win of the season, allowing just one earned run over five innings of action. Emily Turek led Skidmore with two hits and a run scored.