Baseball loses in 13 innings at Middlebury

Middlebury College scored a run in the bottom of the 13th inning to edge visiting Hamilton College 4-3 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division game played in Middlebury, Vt., on April 24.

Hamilton (11-17 overall, 2-7 NESCAC West) and Middlebury square off for a doubleheader at the same site on Saturday, April 25.

Max Foster '10 started on the mound and pitched eight solid innings. Foster allowed just two earned runs on seven hits and fanned two batters. With the two strikeouts, Foster broke the team record for most in a career with 137. The old record of 135 was set by James Harrison.

The Panthers (12-14, 2-7) scored a run in the bottom of the first and third innings to grab a 2-0 lead. Hamilton used a two-run sixth to even the score. Gideon Clark '09 led off with a single to right field and scored on a fielding error after another single to right field by Alex Augustyn '10. Augustyn was plated on a sacrifice fly by Justin Atwood '11.

The hosts responded with a go-ahead run in the seventh, but the Continentals sent the game into extra innings with a run in the top of the ninth. Sam Choate '12 singled to left field to drive in Atwood, who had reached second base on an error.

Later that same inning, Choate was thrown out at third on an attempted steal after Grady Vigneau '10 reached base on an error by the third baseman. Michael Matt '11 followed with a single, as did Pat Gennaco '11, to send Vigneau around third towards home plate. The left fielder threw out Vigneau at home to keep it a tie game.

Joe Buicko '11 ended a Middlebury rally in the 10th inning with a diving catch in left center. Wes Mayberry '11 led off the 11th with a single, but was erased by a double play. Hamilton still threatened as Choate was hit by a pitch and Vigneau followed with a double to left center. A groundout ended the inning with runners at second and third.

Middlebury walked off with an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning. Augustyn pitched the final 4.1 innings for Hamilton and took the loss. He allowed one earned run on just two hits, walked two and struck out four.

Augustyn, Mayberry and Vigneau finished with two hits each. Vigneau hit his third double of the season.

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