WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Middlebury received a strong pitching effort from Elizabeth Morris and timely hitting coupled with two Bowdoin miscues in the fifth inning to post a 2-0 win and remain alive in the NESCAC Tournament.
The game was scoreless through four innings on the strength of solid pitching by Middlebury's Elizabeth Morris and Bowdoin's Emily Griffin.
Middlebury's Carlyn Vachow reached on a grounder to short that squirted out of Marissa O'Toole's glove to lead off the top of the fifth inning.
A sharp single to right field off the bat of Kelsey Martel that skipped under the glove of Bowdoin's Alana Luzzio allowed Vachow to score and putting Martel on third with no outs.
Martel then scored on a fielder's choice grounder to second when she beat the throw by Hannah Wurgaft to home plate. Alex Scibetta reached on the throw to the plate and later stole second base. Scibetta advanced to third base when Kimber Sable fouled out to foul territory in right field, but the inning ended when Jackie Stern grounded out to Emily Griffin.
The Panthers' two runs came on two hits and were aided by two Polar Bear errors.
Bowdoin's Emily Griffin led off the seventh for the Polar Bears with a soft liner into left field for a single and the firsthit off of Morris. Morris then struck out Nicole Nelson and Katie Gately.
With two down Hannah Wurgaft stroked a single to left field, advancing Griffin to second. Morris, however, ended the Polar Bear threat and the contest striking out Alana Luzzio.
Morris went the first six innings without allowing a hit, but was touched for two singles in the seventh inning. She struck out 12 Polar Bears and walked one to collect her eighth win of the season (8-4), while Griffin allowed three hits over the seven innings. Griffin struck out 5, walked 2 and both of the Panthers' runs were unearned. She finished the 2014 season with a record of 7-6.
The loss ends the Polar Bears' season at 24-14, while Middlebury improved to 19-15 on the year and advanced to a 3:00 PM matchup versus the loser of the Williams versus Tufts contest slated for a 12:30 PM start.