MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Wesleyan University softball team split its doubleheader against NESCAC rival Middlebury College Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals dropped game one, 6-0, but responded with a 6-3 win in game two.
Wesleyan: 18-10, 4-5 NESCAC West
Middlebury: 11-8, 1-4 NESCAC West
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Panthers scored four runs in the fourth and two in the sixth, while holding Wesleyan scoreless en route to the 6-0 shutout win.
- Middlebury got on the board in the fourth when Erin Giles and Siobhan O'Sullivan hit back-to-back RBI doubles to put the home team ahead, 2-0. One batter later, Taylor Gardner drove in a run with a groundout to the shortstop, and Hye-Jin Kim did the same in her at-bat as the Panthers took a four-run lead.
- In the bottom of the sixth, Middlebury tacked on two more runs. Carlyn Vachow hit a RBI double to bring home O'Sullivan, and later scored in the inning off a Wesleyan throwing error.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Angelina Massoia '16 went 2-for-3 from the plate to lead Wesleyan, while Rielly Wieners '17 and Rachel Kantor '19 went 1-for-2 and 1-for-3, respectively.
- Julie McDonald '18 started and surrendered six runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in five innings. Viveka Cousins '19 pitched one inning of relief and did not allow a hit.
- Vachow went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI, O'Sullivan finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI, and Giles finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI to lead the Panthers.
- Allison Quigley pitched a complete game shutout and allowed just four runs while striking out four.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After 4.5 innings, Wesleyan held a 5-0 lead. Middlebury responded with a three-run bottom of the fourth, but another insurance run by the Cardinals in the sixth sealed the 6-3 win.
- The Cardinals responded offensively after their game one loss, and recorded 12 hits while Su Pardo '16 held Middlebury to a mere two.
- Kantor hit a RBI single in the top of the first to score Isabel Linzer '17.
- Wesleyan put together a strong fourth inning, as Jamie Hom '17 got things started with a two-RBI single to center field. Olivian Gorman '19 later singled down the left field line to drive in Pardo, and a wild pitch shortly after brought home Hom.
- Middlebury responded in the bottom half of the inning with three runs, as a throwing error led to the team's first score. Sarah Freyre then hit a RBI single, and Gardner connected on a sacrifice fly to left field.
- The Panthers were held scoreless the rest of the way, as Massoia hit a RBI single in the top of the sixth to give Wesleyan the 6-3 win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Four different Cardinals recorded two hits – Hom (2-for-4), Kantor (2-for-4), Amanda Roosa '16 (2-for-4) and Pardo (2-for-3). Hom led all players with two RBI.
- Pardo was terrific on the mound and improved to 10-2 overall after tossing a complete game. She allowed just one earned run on two hits.
- Freyre and Ali Della Volpe recorded Middlebury's only hits.
- Stearns started and was credited with the loss after allowing five runs (one earned) on six hits in 3.2 innings. Irene Margiotta and Quigley pitched 3.1 innings of relief and allowed one run on six hits.
- Wesleyan is back in action Tuesday, April 19 and will host a nonconference doubleheader against Western New England. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
- The Panthers return to the field Tuesday as well and will also host a nonconference doubleheader. They are scheduled to play St. Lawrence beginning at 3:30 p.m.