Panthers Fall Twice in Florida

Olivia Bravo reached base three times against Carleton.
Olivia Bravo reached base three times against Carleton.

Middlebury kicked off its spring trip in Florida, dropping a pair of games on Saturday. The Panthers (4-2) dropped a 3-1 decision to Thomas (Maine) to start the day, before falling 6-0 against Carleton. Middlebury is right back in action Sunday with two more games, facing Oberlin at 11:30 a.m. and Miami Hamilton at 1:45 p.m.

Against Thomas (6-2), the Panthers struck for an early run in the top of the first inning, as Melanie Mandell drove home Emily Moore with a double to right field.

Middlebury's one-run lead held until the last of the fifth inning, when the Terriers pushed three runs across the plate. Katie Taylor doubled in a pair, while Lexi Colpack made it a 3-1 score with a run-scoring ground out.

Mandell doubled again in the top of the sixth inning putting herself in scoring position, but remained on second base when Thomas pitcher Katlyn Coulter ended the threat via a ground out.

Middlebury pressed again in the seventh, getting runners on the corners with one out on singles by Sara Tobias and Liza Tarr. Coulter again got out of the jam, retiring the final two batters for the 3-1 final.

Mandell finished the game with a pair of doubles in three plate appearances, while Moore and Tarr also went 2-3. Irene Margiotta (2-1) suffered the loss in the circle for the Panthers, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings.

In the second game of the day against Carleton (8-2), the Knights opened the game with a single run in the top of the second, before scoring four times in the top of the third for a 5-0 lead. Sarah Ogle and Shelby Johnson each drove in runs with singles, while Sam Kile and Madison Collins both walked with the bases loaded.

Middlebury loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth, but were unable to push a run across.

Carleton closed out the scoring in the top of the sixth on a RBI double by Kile.

Olivia Bravo and Sophia Marlino each went 2-3 for the Panthers, while Bravo also got aboard with a walk.

Margiotta (2-2) took the loss, going 2.1 innings, while Jen McGann yielded one run over 4.2 innings of relief.

Kile was one of three Carleton players to get two hits, with both of hers being doubles. Kile (6-1) also earned the win, scattering five hits over seven innings with six strikeouts.