Hornet softball drops non-conference doubleheader to Middlebury

Hornet softball drops non-conference doubleheader to Middlebury

Middlebury, VT - The Lyndon State College softball team was unable to generate any offense on Wednesday and was swept by Middlebury College in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon.  The host Panthers won the opener, 23-0, and followed with a 5-0 win in the nightcap.  Middlebury improved to 20-10 on the season, while the Hornets remain winless in 20 starts

Game 1 - Middlebury 23, Lyndon 0

Middlebury got their bats going early and often in the opener.  After plating a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, the Panthers exploded for ten runs in the third and another nine in the fourth.  Melanie Mandell (Harrison, NY) led the Middlebury attack with a pair of home runs and six runs batted in.  Allison Quigley (Wilmette, IL) was three for three at the plate and scored four runs.

Meanwhile the Hornets couldn't get anything going against Middlebury starter Irene Margiotta (Mendham, NJ).  Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, NH) walked to lead off the game and was hit by a pitch in the third inning, and Hannah Choiniere's (Highgate, VT) fourth inning single produced Lyndon's only other baserunner.  Margiotta struck out 13 batters to earn the win, while DeWitt went the distance and took the loss for the Hornets.

Game 2 - Middlebury 9, Lyndon 0

Hornet hitters didn't fare any better against Quigley, the Panther's game two starter.  DeWitt reached on an error to start the ball game, then Lyndon was able to put two runners on in the top of the fourth inning when Choiniere walked and Madeline DeGroot (Canton, ME) reached on an error.  Those were the Hornets' only baserunners and Quigley didn't yield a base hit in completing the shutout victory.

Middelebury got another big game from Mandell, as she went three for three at the plate, including another home run, and drove in four runs.  Olivia Bravo (Falls Church, VA) added three hits, scoring twice.  Amber Roberts (Berlin, NH) went the distance for Lyndon and absorbed the loss.

The Hornets will wrap up the season this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders against Johnson State College.  The two teams will begin the four game set with a noon doubleheader at Johnson on Saturday.  They will then turn around and play a 9:00 am doubleheader at Lyndon on Sunday morning, at which time the Hornets will celebrate Senior Day.  Middlebury will compete in the NESCAC Tournament this weekend.