Allison Quigley tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener and Middlebury posted a walk-off win in game two, guiding the Panthers to a doubleheader sweep Wednesday of visiting St. Lawrence (12-6) by scores of 3-0 and 7-6. Middlebury (10-7) returns to action on Friday when it travels to Hamilton for a NESCAC West contest on Friday beginning at 5:00 p.m.
In the opener, the Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Erin Giles led off the frame with a home run over the left-center field fence. Taylor Gardner followed with a single to right field, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a base hit to right center off the bat of Siobhan O'Sullivan.
The score remained that way until the fifth when Middlebury tacked on another run. Kati Daczkowski started the inning with a walk and raced all the way around to third on a bunt single from Melanie Mandell. Sarah Freyre plated Daczkowski with a single to left for a 3-0 Panther lead.
That is all the run support Quigley (4-4) needed, scattering four hits over seven innings and allowing just three Saints to reach second base. She struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
O'Sullivan finished the game 3-3 with an RBI, while Freyre was 2-3 with a run driven in.
Allie Courtwright took the loss, allowing two runs, just one earned, on five hits with three strikeouts in three innings. Hannah Sears pitched the final three frames, giving up a run on five hits.
In the nightcap, St. Lawrence went on top in the second inning with a single tally. Alexandra Barter smacked a leadoff single through the right side, scoring on a base hit to left center from Deanna Sullivan.
The Saints maintained that lead until the bottom of the fifth when the Panthers recorded four runs. Marybeth Stone laced a two-run single down the left-field line, while Mandell followed a few batters later with a double that one-hopped the wall in left field for the 4-1 lead.
St. Lawrence answered with a four-run inning in the top of the sixth. Sullivan doubled to left center, scoring Abrianna Schlickenmayer, who singled up the middle. Taylor Armijo tacked on a fielder's choice RBI, driving in Meghan Hyatt who had a base hit early in the frame. Sullivan touched home plate on a wild pitch after doubling, while Elle Gray lifted a sacrifice fly, plating Armijo for the 5-4 edge.
In the bottom of the inning, the hosts regained the lead with a pair of runs. Olivia Bravo reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch, while Ali Della Volpe gave Middlebury the lead, touching home on a single by Stone.
The Saints tied the contest at 6-6 in the top of the seventh. Mylea Mann started the frame with a double to left, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Panther fielding miscue. Gardner worked out the jam, inducing a groundout with the bases loaded to end the threat.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Hye-Jin Kim singled to left and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She scampered to third on a single to center from O'Sullivan and scored on a looping base hit off the bat of Bravo to give the hosts the 7-6 walk-off win.
Gardner (2-0) picked up her second win in as many days, allowing six runs, four earned, on 11 hits in her first career complete game.
Mandell went 3-4 with two RBI, while Bravo was also 3-4 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Stone also aided the Panther offense, going 2-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
Courtwright (2-4) was saddled with the loss in the nightcap for the Saints, surrendering one run on four hits in an inning of work. Madison Mitchell worked the first 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts, while Caroline Young was responsible for a pair of runs on two hits over an inning in the circle.
Sullivan led the Saints going 3-5 in game two with a pair of RBI, while Mann (2-4) also had a multi-hit game for the visitors.