MIDDLEBURY, VT. – The Johnson State College softball team fell to Middlebury College 11-1 and 8-0 in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon.
The Badgers fall to 1-9 while the Panthers improve to 15-8-1 overall.
Middlebury 11, Johnson 1
Middlebury took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on four hits. Sarah Freyre singled up the middle before scoring on a triple to right by Marybeth Stone. Taylor Gardner followed, doubling to left center to plate Stone. Hye-Jin Kim's single through the right side moved Gardner to third, before she scored on a ground out.
The team's exchanged solo runs in the third as the Panthers held a 4-1 lead. Middlebury blew the game open in the fourth with seven runs on six hits, taking advantage of three Johnson State errors. Kati Daczkowski drove in a pair of runs with a single, while Melanie Mandell also plated a run with a base hit to left. Stone drove in a run later in the inning with a sacrifice fly to center, driving in Olivia Bravo to bring the final score to 11-1.
Allison Quigley picked up the win, allowing one run on two hits with five strikeouts over five innings of work. Kaitlynn Woodward (White River, Vt.) suffered the loss, allowing 11 hits, 11 runs (seven earned), while striking out a pair in four innings.
Middlebury 8, Johnson 0
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, when Ali Della Volpe walked and stole second before scoring on a double to center from Mandell.
The Panthers added a pair of runs in the third inning for a 3-0 lead. Daczkowski tripled down the right-field line to lead off the inning. One batter later, Bravo also tripled, with hers going to left center for the RBI. Gardner later singled to right to drive in Bravo for the final run of the inning.
In the fifth, Bravo walked and Freyre singled, before Bravo later scored on a wild pitch. Freyre scored when Stone reached on an error, while Kim doubled to right to plate Stone. Siobhan O'Sullivan followed with a triple to center, as Kim crossed the plate to make it 7-0. One batter later, Daczkowski doubled off the center-field fence, plating O'Sullivan with the game winning run.
Irene Margiotta earned the win, allowing no runs and two hits over five innings with a pair of strikeouts. Hannah Leroux (Albany, Vt.) suffered the loss, giving up eight runs (seven earned) and nine hits over 4.1 innings.
Johnson will travel to Husson on Saturday, April 22nd for a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at 12:00 p.m.
Portions Courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information