MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Behind a couple of hot starts leading to nine runs in the first innings combined, Middlebury College defeated the Castleton University softball team in both ends of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon.
Following the 10-2 and 8-1 losses, Castleton falls to 1-11 overall. Meanwhile, Middlebury improves to 9-7.
Middlebury 10, Castleton 2 (5 inn.)
The Spartans ran into a buzz saw on the mound as the Panthers' Emily Morris set down 10 of Castleton's first 11 batters and nine via the strikeout. She would eventually earn the win with 12 strikeouts over five innings and surrender only two earned runs.
Collecting Castleton's first hit of the game in the top of the fourth inning, Calli Van Gorden blooped a base knock to short. It fell just out of the reach of the diving infielder. In the next at-bat, Tori Swaine walked to put runners on first and second, but Morris worked her way out of trouble.
Middlebury 8, Castleton 1
Starting off the backend of the doubleheader, Castleton looked poised to potentially bounce back and break the game open early. Timi Carone led off with a bunt base hit, using her speed after catching the infield off-guard.
Van Gorden followed her up with an RBI double into the gap in left, which brought Carone around to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
After the Panthers recorded the first out of the inning, Millerick and Rachel Mirel reached to load the bases. Yet, good pitching for Middlebury nullified the threat.
In the bottom half of the frame, the home team scored four times. Adding three more in the second, Middlebury raced out to a 7-1 lead through two innings of play.
Taylor Paquette came into the game in relief after the starter was pulled and dealt four innings in the circle. The senior allowed just five hits and one run.
Castleton will return to the diamond at 3 p.m. on Thursday as it looks to kick off North Atlantic Conference play with a doubleheader at Johnson State.
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