Middlebury wins softball pitchers' duel 2-0
The Hamilton College Continentals opened a NESCAC West Division weekend series at Middlebury College with a 2-0 loss to the Panthers on Friday.
Elizabeth Morris ’14 pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout for Middlebury (15-8, 6-1 NESCAC West), striking out five batters.
The Continentals (7-17, 1-6) loaded the bases in the fourth inning and threatened in the sixth, putting runners on second and third with one out.
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Hamilton used two hit batters and a single to set up a bases-loaded situation with two outs. Kelly Leonard ’15 was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Sam Miller ’14, who ended up with two hits, singled up the middle two batters later and Morris hit Ellie Kiernan ’15. Morris worked out of the jam with a flyout to right field.
One-out singles by Olivia Gozdz ’16 and Sarah Moore ’16 in the sixth were followed by a wild pitch that put runners on second and third. Morris struck out the next hitter and coaxed an inning-ending groundout to third to squelch the threat.
Middlebury was held to three hits by Monique St. Jarre ’15, who fell to 4-6 with the hard-luck loss. St. Jarre fanned five and walked one in six innings.
The Panthers rallied for a two-out run in the second inning with Kelsey Martel ’15 singling home Sarah Freyre ‘17. Martel scored on a wild pitch in the fifth and gave Middlebury a 2-0 lead.
The three-game series concludes on Saturday, April 19, with a doubleheader that starts at noon.