Middlebury sweeps softball doubleheader

Middlebury College swept a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division doubleheader against host Hamilton College at Ferguson Fields on April 11. 

The Panthers (12-9 overall, 4-5 NESCAC West) won the first game 6-0 and went on to a 7-2 victory in Game 2. The Panthers won all three meetings this weekend and are 4-0 against Hamilton this year.

Middlebury opened the scoring in the first game with one run in the top of the fourth inning. The Panthers added three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Leigh Sherrow '11 boomed her third double of the season for Hamilton (4-15, 1-4). Megan Coughlin '09 and Liz Reid '11 each recorded singles.

Mandy Hyne '11 started in the circle, pitched five innings and took the loss. Hyne allowed three earned runs before Coughlin took over for the final two innings.

In the nightcap, Middlebury exploded for a four-run fourth inning and never trailed. The Panthers added two runs in the fifth before Hamilton got on board in the bottom of the frame.

Kathryn Kroleski '09 reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a ground out by Rachel Rapoza '10. A single by Hyne sent Kroleski to third. Hyne stole second base and Kroleski crossed home when the shortstop couldn't handle the throw. Hyne advanced to third on another infield error but was left stranded.

Hamilton managed another run in the sixth. Amber O'Connor '09 led off with a single and stole second base. She later scored on another infield error.

Reid and Kroleski each recorded a double in Game 2. Coughlin started in the circle and took the loss. She allowed four earned runs in four innings and struck out three batters. Hyne took over for the final three innings and did not allow an earned run.

Hamilton hosts Rensselaer for a non-conference doubleheader on Monday, April 13.

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