MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Emma Harrington and the ollege softball team snapped Middlebury's 14-game win streak in game one of a doubleheader Saturday, but could not keep the momentum going, dropping game two, 10-2, in six innings.
The split left the Ephs 12-18 overall and 5-4 in the NESCAC West, while the front-running Panthers moved to 20-7 overall, 7-2 in divisional play.
In game one the Ephs built on their 1-0 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth. With runners on first and second and two outs, Panther hurler Alexa Lesenskyj struck out Ally Ensor, who reached first on a dropped third strike, loading the bases. Theresa Legan followed with a two-run double.
The Panthers got one run back in the home half of the fifth. Ephs' starter Harrington plunked Hoffman to load the bases with one out. Clean-up hitter Jessica Poracky stepped in and hit a SAC fly to right, scoring Middlebury's lone run of the game.
Harrington (7-6) got the win, scattering four hits, striking out four and allowing one unearned run. Legan and Cramer each finished 3-4 with a double and two RBI. Mo Frank added a pair of singles, while Melissa Cendejas chipped in with a double and a run scored.
Carlyn Vachow's double highlighted the four hits for the Panthers. Lesenskyj went four innings, allowing three runs (one earned) and struck out one batter. Neve Stearns pitched the final three innings in relief, striking out one, allowing one earned run.
Game two saw a reversal of fortunes in the batter's box. The Panthers collected 11 hits in 5.2 innings at the dish, while the Ephs tallied two hits in the 10-2, six inning Middlebury victory. Leading 1-0, the Panthers scored four in the second with the key hit delivered by Jessa Hoffman in historic fashion. After RBI singles by Emma Katz and Jackie Stern, Hoffman followed with her school-record 176th hit, a two-RBI single, to make it a 5-0 game. That hit pushed her past former teammate Megan Margel's 175 career hits set in 2011.
Middlebury added a run in the third and fourth, building a 7-0 lead for starter Elizabeth Morris. The lefty hurler, fresh off a shut-out win on Friday, allowed a pair of runs in the sixth. With runners on second and third and no outs, Legan's infield RBI put-out scored a run. Erica Li stepped in and reached on an error, allowing another run to score.
Leading 7-2 the Panthers ended the game in the sixth, scoring three in the frame. After Kimber Sable opened with a single, Hoffman hit a one-out single, eventually reaching second as Sable moved to third. Poracky and Emily Kraytenberg each had RBI singles, making it a 9-2 game. Vachow was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Sarah Boylan, who followed suit with an RBI single of her own, ending the game 10-2.
Hoffman finished with two hits and two RBI, while Sable went 3-3 with a triple and three runs scored. Kraytenberg had a 2-4 day with a run and an RBI, while Katz had two RBI during a 1-3 game. Morris (10-1) went six innings, striking out three and allowing two earned.
Legan's RBI single and Amanda Correnti single were the only hits for the Ephs in game two. Megan Casey (2-6) started for Williams, going 1.2 innings, allowing five earned runs. Emalie Rott added 1.2 innings as well, giving up two runs (one earned) as Kaitlin Dinet tossed the final two innings, allowing three earned runs