Middlebury combined for 18 runs on 22 hits, as the Panthers picked up a doubleheader sweep of Hamilton (9-15, 1-4) Friday in NESCAC West action. Middlebury (11-7, 2-3) won both games in five innings, taking the opener 8-0 and the nightcap 10-2. The third and final game of the series slated for Saturday, has been postponed due to the impending weather with a make-up date yet to be determined.
The Panthers grabbed the lead in game one, plating three runs in their initial at bat. Allison Quigley drove in the first two with a double down the left-field line, while Kaylee Gumm made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Middlebury tacked on two more runs in the second, as Olivia Bravo laced a triple to right field to score Ali Della Volpe for a four-run cushion. The lead increased by another run when Kati Daczkowski lofted a sacrifice fly to center field.
The hosts ended the game in the last of the fifth inning, scoring three times. Emily Morris touched the plate with the first run of the inning, racing home from third on a wild pitch, while Bravo made it 7-0 with a run-scoring double to center. Bravo pushed the lead to 8-0 and ended the game when she raced home on a sacrifice fly to left field by Daczkowski.
Morris (5-5) hurled a complete game for the Panthers, allowing only a pair of hits with three strikeouts. Quigley had a big game at the plate, finishing 3-3 with two RBI and a double. Bravo added a pair of extra base hits with a double and triple, while Liza Tarr went 2-2.
Ashleah Yzaguirre and Jodi Weiss each had a hit for the Continentals, while starting pitcher Claire O'Brien (3-4) took the loss. Zoe Singer allowed in runs in 4.1 innings of relief for Hamilton.
In the second game, the visitors got off to a fast start when Caitlin Berreitter and Kendall Searcy opened the first inning with back-to-back doubles for a 1-0 lead.
Middlebury tied the score in the last of the second, as Melanie Mandell led off the frame with a double and later scored on a two-base hit to left field by Gumm.
In the third inning, the Panthers reeled off six-straight hits and jumped out to a 5-1 lead. Emily Moore accounted for two runs, hitting a homer to right field that bounced off the top of the fence, while Gumm walked with the bases loaded and Taylor Gardner capped a good at bat with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Middlebury had another big inning in the fourth, pushing five runs across the plate. Quigley had a RBI single, before coming around to score on a double by Mandell. A run-scoring double by Tarr extended the advantage to 8-1, while Gumm blasted a two-run home run to center field for a 10-1 edge.
Hamilton added a run in the top of the fifth, when Searcy scored from third on a throwing error by the Panthers.
Quigley (5-1) earned the victory in the circle with a complete game, allowing only one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts. She helped her own cause at the plate, going 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Mandell was a perfect 3-3 with two doubles, while Tarr and Gumm each had a pair of hits. Gumm's homer was her third of the spring, while Moore's was her second.
Searcy went 2-2 with a pair of doubles at the plate for Hamilton, while Dez DePaulis took the loss (3-5), giving up five runs in 2.1 innings.