Chivily '19 gets a hit in each game of softball DH at Middlebury

Caroline Chivily '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Caroline Chivily '19 (Josh McKee photo)

The Middlebury College Panthers racked up 11 extra-base hits and 18 runs in a NESCAC West Division doubleheader sweep against the Hamilton College Continentals on Friday afternoon in Middlebury, Vt.

Middlebury won 8-0 in the opener and 10-2 in the nightcap. Both games were stopped in the fifth inning due to the eight-run mercy rule. Saturday's series finale has already been postponed due to predictions of inclement weather in Vermont.

Hamilton (9-15, 1-4 NESCAC West) is scheduled to host Skidmore College for a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Game 1: Middlebury 8, Hamilton 0 (5 inn.)

Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 and Caroline Chivily '19 had base hits, and Emily Fraser '20 stole a base for the Continentals. Claire O'Brien '21 started in the circle and walked all three batters she faced. O'Brien (3-4) was saddled with the loss after two of those walks eventually scored the Panthers' first runs.

Emily Morris picked up the shutout for Middlebury (11-7, 2-3) as she allowed just two hits and a walk in five innings. Morris (5-5) also hit two batters. Allison Quigley went 3-for-3 with a double and drove in two runs. Olivia Bravo doubled, tripled, scored three runs and plated two. Liza Tarr went 2-for-2 with a walk and Kati Daczkowski drove in a pair of runs with two sacrifice flies. The Panthers struck for three runs in the first inning, two in the second and three in the fifth.

Hamilton's best chance to score was in the top of the first inning when Caitlin Berreitter '20 was hit by a pitch leading off the game, went to second on a sacrifice bunt, and advanced to third on an infield error that allowed Fraser to reach base. Fraser stole second and the Continentals had two runners in scoring position with one out. Morris ended the threat by getting a strikeout and a ground ball to second base.

Game 2: Middlebury 10, Hamilton 2 (5 inn.)

Kendall Searcy '20 doubled twice, walked and stole a base for Hamilton. Berreitter connected for her team-high 11th double and scored her 23rd run. Dez DePaulis '19 (3-5) pitched the first 2.1 innings and took the loss.

Melanie Mandell went 3-for-3 with two doubles and scored three runs for Middlebury. Kaylee Gumm doubled, homered, walked and drove in four runs. Gumm's two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the fourth inning gave the Panthers a 10-1 cushion. Tarr finished with two hits, including a double, and Emily Moore's two-run shot to right field in the third inning bounced off the top of the fence and over to put Middlebury ahead to stay at 3-1. The Panthers scored a run in the second inning, four in the third and five in the fourth.

Quigley (5-1) starred at the plate and in the circle. She ended up with two hits and drove in a run, and allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks in five innings.

The Continentals grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Berreitter led off the game with a double to right center and scored on Searcy's double to left field. Hamilton's other run came in the top of the fifth. Searcy smacked a one-out double to left center and went to third on Fraser's single through the left side. Searcy then scored when Liz Brautigam '19 reached base on a throwing error in the infield.