The Middlebury softball team picked up two victories on Sunday during its spring break trip to Clermont, Florida. The Panthers (5-1) opened with a 12-2 win over Mount Mary (0-3) in five innings, before recording a 5-1 victory over Buffalo State (0-7). Following a day off, Middlebury returns to action on Tuesday with games against Wellesley at 9:00 a.m. and D'Youville at 11:30 a.m.
The first game against Mount Mary remained scoreless through the opening inning. The Panthers exploded for six runs on four hits in the bottom of the second. Kaylee Gumm walked, Kati Daczkowski singled to left field and Olivia Bravo loaded the bases with a base hit to right center. All three Panthers came home on a grand slam home run off the bat of Melanie Mandell to left center. Allison Quigley followed with a double and scored on a fielding error, while Liza Tarr reached on a Blue Angel miscue and later touched home plate on another Mount Mary error.
The Blue Angels tallied a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Amelia Flint doubled down the left-field line, moved to third on a bunt single by Michaela Buchholz and scored on a groundout from Adrianna Nester. Buchholz stole third and raced home on a Panther fielding error.
Middlebury put six more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Mandell made it 7-2 with an RBI single to left, while Quigley smacked her first homer of the season over the left-center field wall for a 9-2 lead. Run-scoring doubles from Gumm and Daczkowski pushed the advantage to 11-2, while Ali Della Volpe made it 12-2 with a swinging bunt down the third-base line to drive in Daczkowski.
Irene Margiotta (1-1) tossed the complete-game victory in the circle for the Panthers, allowing two runs (one earned) on just four hits with a career-high nine strikeouts. Mandell finished 2-4 with two runs scored and tied a career high with five RBI, while Quigley was 2-3 with a homer, double, two RBI and two runs scored. Daczkowski also had a multi-hit game with a 2-3 effort and two runs scored.
Nester went the distance for the Blue Angels, allowing 12 runs (10 earned) on 11 hits with a pair of strikeouts. Buchholz went 2-2 at the plate.
In the second game against Buffalo State, the Panthers tallied two runs on the top of the second. Taylor Gardner led off with an infield single and scored on a triple to right-center field by Gumm. After a groundout, Daczskowski brought home Gumm on a single to center.
The Bengals cut the deficit in half one inning later when Nicole Adams started the frame with a single to right center and later scored as part of a double steal.
Middlebury pushed the lead to 4-1 with two runs in the top of the fifth. Mandell began the inning with a double to left, scoring on a two-base hit to left center from Emily Moore. Moore later scored on a Bengal fielding miscue. The Panthers tacked on a run in the sixth when Mandell produced an RBI groundout, scoring Margiotta who started the inning with a double.
Moore was 2-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in game two, while Gumm was 1-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Eight different Panthers had a hit against the Bengals. Quigley (2-0) picked up the victory in the circle, tossing the first five innings. She allowed one run on two hits, both in the third inning, with seven strikeouts and just one walk. Emily Morris went the final two innings facing just seven batters, striking out three and walking one.
Szymkowiak was 1-3 at the plate for Buffalo State, while Adams went 1-3 with a run scored. Marissa Hayes went the distance for the Bengals, giving up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts and a pair of walks.