Middlebury improved to 4-0 on the season with 8-2 and 11-0 (5) wins at Drew on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers return to action on Saturday with day one of their spring break trip to Florida.
Middlebury struck for five runs the following inning, as the Panthers sent nine batters to the plate, with four at-bats resulting in doubles. Jen McGann led off with a double and later scored on a two bagger by Emily Moore. Melanie Mandell followed, plating Moore with another double. Ruschil singled to drive in Mandell, while Sophia Marlino belted a two-run double.
Drew plated an unearned run in the bottom of the inning for the 8-2 final.
Moore went 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI, while Mandell, Ruschil and Tobias each went 2-3. Ruschil drove in a pair, while Tobias scored twice.
Irene Margiotta (2-0) picked up the win, striking out five while allowing one earned run over seven innings of work. With her five Ks, she surpassed the 100-career strikeout mark with 103.
Cara O'Leary suffered the loss, allowing three runs and four hits over four innings of work. Sophie Sirota and Madi Precht each went 2-3 at the plate.
Middlebury jumped on the board with three runs in the top of the first inning of game two. Marlino singled and Moore walked, before Marlino scored on a double by Mandell. Ruschi followed, driving in a pair of runs with a base hit.
In the third inning, Moore singled and Mandell walked to lead off the inning. One batter later, Tobias drove in Moore with a single to left. Later in the inning, Sophie Bolinger plated both runners with a single.
Marlino homered in the fourth, before Middlebury went up 11-0 with four runs in the fifth. Liza Tarr doubled and later scored on a single from Ally Doll. Marlino came to the plate and ripped a three-run shot, putting the game out of reach.
The Panthers held in the bottom of the inning, as the game ended due to the eight-run rule.
Marlino finished 3-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. Moore went 2-3, scoring twice, while Mandell was 1-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. McGann (2-0) picked up the win, tossing a three-hit shutout.
Four different players singled for the Rangers, as Stephanie Burns suffered the loss, allowing 11 hits and eight earned runs over five innings of work.