MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan softball team (9-17, 1-8) was downed by Middlebury (10-9, 3-3) in doubleheader action on Saturday. The Cardinals were edged 3-2 in game one, before falling to the Panthers 4-1 in the second contest.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Middlebury jumped out to a 1-0 edge in the top of the first when Melanie Mandell tripled to left center to drive in Sophie Bolinger.
- The Cardinals looked to get things going in the bottom of the second when Kendall Carr reached on a fielder's choice, Marina Williams walked and Olivia Gorman singled to load the bases, but a fielder's choice denied Carr at home.
- Wesleyan threatened again in the bottom of the fifth. Maddie Ikeda bunted, Courtney Collins-Pisano singled and Danielle Rinaldi walked to load the bases, but the Panthers recorded two-straight outs to end the inning.
- The Cardinals knotted the game at 1-1 in its next at-bat. Williams singled, before Gorman reached on an error and both runners advanced a base on a Middlebury throwing error. Later, a bunt by Ikeda loaded the bases, before Collins-Pisano reached on an error by the shortstop, allowing Williams to touch home.
- In the top of the seventh, Panther Olivia Bravo singled down the left line and advanced to second on the throw. 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 Ikeda, cutting the deficit to 3-2, but Wesleyan left the bases loaded as Middlebury's Irene Margiotta induced a ground out to end the game.
GAME 1 – INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Despite the loss, Rinaldi recorded her 100th career-strikeout during the contest.
- Wesleyan's Williams went a perfect 2-2, while Ikeda went 3-4 with an RBI.
- Margiotta picked up the win in relief, after Caroline Thacker threw five-scoreless innings for the Panthers.
- Middlebury's Bolinger, Moore and Mandell each had two hits in the game, with Mandell driving in a pair.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS:
- 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.
- The Cardinals looked to get things going in the bottom of the second when Sophia Sciarappa advanced to third on a double by Williams, but was thrown out at home.
- Weselyan got back one run in the bottom of the fourth. Ikeda bunted, Rinaldi walked and Sciarappa singled to load the bases, before a sacrifice fly by Carr drove in Ikeda to make it 2-1.
- Middlebury sealed the victory in the top of the seventh. With two outs and runners on second and third, Ruschil and Mandell touched home on a single to center by Marlino for the 4-1 victory.
- The Cardinals made some noise in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff double by Sciarappa, but she was left stranded on third.
GAME 2 – INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Lauren Gaffney-Gomez suffered the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings.
- Sciarappa went a perfect 2-2 with a double to pace Wesleyan, while Williams doubled
- Middlebury's Margiotta earned her third win of the weekend, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings of work.
- Mandell went 3-4 with a triple and an RBI, Ruschil scored twice, while Tobias drove in a pair for the Panthers.
- The Cardinals travel to Mitchell on Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.