Middlebury Takes Two From Wesleyan, Sweeps NESCAC Series

Irene Margiotta picked up both wins in the circle for the Panthers on Saturday.
Irene Margiotta picked up both wins in the circle for the Panthers on Saturday.

Middlebury completed a three-game sweep of Wesleyan with 3-2 and 4-1 victories over the Cardinals (9-17, 1-8) Saturday afternoon. The Panthers (10-9, 3-3) return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Union for a pair beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Middlebury got on the board in the first inning when Sophie Bolinger singled up the middle and later scored on a triple to left center by Melanie Mandell.

Wesleyan tied the game in the sixth with an unearned run after a pair of Panther errors.

Middlebury went back on top in the seventh as Olivia Bravo hit a one-out single down the left-field line. Emily Moore followed, hitting a double to center that scored Bravo, making it a 2-1 game. Mandell made it back-to-back doubles when she hit one to left center, as Moore crossed the plate for the two-run lead.

The Cardinals rallied in the bottom of the inning with a two-out RBI single from Maddie Ikeda, cutting the lead to 3-2. The hosts left the bases loaded, as Irene Margiotta induced a ground out to end the game.

Margiotta (7-5) earned the win in relief, after Caroline Thacker threw five innings, allowing no runs.

Bollinger, Moore and Mandell each had two hits in the game, with Mandell driving in a pair.

Danielle Rinaldi (4-7) took the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits. Marina Williams and Courtney Collins-Pisano each had a pair of hits for Wesleyan, while Ikeda was 3-4.

Middlebury again got on the board first in game two when Moore walked and scored on a triple to center by Mandell. The Panthers added an unearned run later in the inning for a 2-0 lead.

Wesleyan cut the lead in half in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to right by Kendall Carr, plating Ikeda, who reached with a bunt single.

The visitors added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning for a 4-1 lead. Mandell and Noelle Ruschil both singled before being driven in on a single to right center by Sara Tobias.

The Cardinals made some noise in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff double by Sophia Sciarappa, but she was stranded at third.

Margiotta earned her third win of the weekend, moving to 8-5. She allowed one run on four hits, striking out three.

Mandell went 3-4 with a triple and three runs driven in, Ruschil scored twice, while Tobias drove in a pair.

Lauren Gaffney-Gomez (4-9) suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings of work. Sciarappa went 2-2 with a double to pace Wesleyan, while Williams doubled.