Wolfsberg '17 extends hit streak to 13 in baseball loss

Ryan Wolfsberg '17 (Josh McKee photo)
Ryan Wolfsberg '17 (Josh McKee photo)

Middlebury College scored a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh, and the Panthers posted a 3-0 NESCAC West Division win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Middlebury's Forbes Field on Friday.

Kenny Collins '17 was 2-for-2 with a walk for Hamilton (10-10, 0-3 NESCAC West). Collins has hit safely in seven straight games and is 13-for-21 (.619 batting average) during that stretch. He's leading the team in hitting at .393 and in on-base percentage at .521. The center fielder also saved a run in the fourth when he made a nice running catch on a fly ball to the gap in left center that ended the inning.

Ryan Wolfsberg '17 singled twice for the Continentals and has at least one hit in his last 13 games. Wolfsberg is batting .377 with a team-high 23 hits.

Dan DePaoli '18 didn't give up a hit through the first five innings. DePaoli ended up allowing three runs on five hits and five walks in seven innings. He fanned three and his earned run average is 2.20. Opponents are hitting just .217 against DePaoli. Callum Slater '20 pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Spencer Shores tossed eight-plus shutout innings for the Panthers (7-10, 3-4). Shores scattered six hits, walked one and struck out 12. Conor Himstead struck out the side in the ninth and picked up his third save. Ryan Rizzo was the only player with multiple hits for Middlebury as he doubled and singled.

The Panthers had six baserunners on three walks, a hit batsman and two Hamilton errors but no hits through the first five innings. Rizzo led off the bottom of the sixth with a double down the line in left and became the first runner to reach third base when he tagged up on Jason Lock's flyout to right field. With two outs, Sam Graf hit an infield single that scored Rizzo with the first run.

Alex Guild led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run to right center. Brooks Carroll coaxed a one-out walk, went to second base on a wild pitch and made it to third on an infield single by Rizzo. Carroll made it 3-0 on Lock's two-out single to center field.

The Continentals had chances to score in their last two at-bats. Craig Sandford reached base on an infield single with one out in the eighth and went to second on an infield groundout. NESCAC player of the week Brett Mele '17 singled to left and Sandford was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

Wolfsberg led off the top of the ninth with a single up the middle and went to second base on Collins' one-out base hit down the line in left. Himstead ended the threat by striking out the next two batters.

The two teams are back at it on Saturday, April 15 for a NESCAC West Division doubleheader in Vermont. The first game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.