Seven Amherst Errors Lead to 14-8 Loss in Game One of Middlebury Series

Courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Middlebury College baseball team scored 14 runs on 14 hits and took advantage of seven Amherst College errors as the Panthers picked up a 14-8 win over the Lord Jeffs in game one of a three-game NESCAC West set at Forbes Field. The two teams return to action Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.

Trailing 1-0, Middlebury struck for seven runs on seven hits in the bottom of the second inning. Erich Enns plated John Lanahan with a single up the middle for the first run, while Tim Dillon followed with an RBI double down the right field line to score Donald McKillop. Two batters later, Mark Shimrock cleared the bases with a three-run double to left center to make it a 7-1 game.

The Panthers struck for four more runs in the third inning, all of them unearned on a pair of Amherst errors. Nick Lefeber plated a pair with a two-run single up the middle, while Gabe Broughton drove in Lefeber with a single through the right side.  Shimrock drove in the final run of the inning with a single up the middle to make it an 11-1 lead after three innings of play.

Amherst rallied in the fourth, as senior co-captain Josh Card (North Adams, MA) plated junior Mike Neff (New York, NY) with a ground-rule double down the left field line. The next three runs would come on an error, wild pitch and a ground out. Middlebury answered in the bottom of the inning with a homer to left center by Enns and an unearned run to hold a 13-5 lead.

The Jeffs chipped away at the lead with two in the sixth on a two-run bomb by Card and one in the seventh on an RBI single from senior Evan Bruno (Williamsburg, VA). The Panthers scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Peter Bourdon.

Jack Britton earned the win for the Panthers on the hill, striking out 10 batters over six innings of work. Matt Joseph, Tom Sullivan and Donald McKillop closed out the game. Senior Chris Edgar (Massapequa, NY) suffered the loss, allowing 11 runs—six earned—over 2.2 innings.

Lanahan went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Shimrock was 2-for-6 with four RBIs. Nick Lefeber was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in, while Enns was 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs.

Card had a 2-for-4 game with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs to pace Amherst, while junior Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs and first-year Jose Espinosa (Ridgefield, CT) went 3-for-4.