Panthers Drop Three of four to Jumbos

The Middlebury Panthers men's baseball team fell to 8-10 on the year after losing two of three games last weekend against the Tufts University Jumbos.

The four game series started with a 6-4, nine inning Tufts win in Friday's opener, followed by a 9-4, seven inning win in the night cap for the Jumbos sweep. In the night cap he Jumbos scored six times in their first three at bats to race to an early 6-1 lead, which they increased to 9-1 before the Panthers scored three times in their final trip to the plate.

Freshman second baseman Sam Sager led Tufts offense with three hits in five trips to the plate. He drove in a run and scored twice. His teammate, sophomore shortstop David Leresche had a good day at the plate too. Leresche went two-for-two, drove in three runs, scored twice and was hit by a pitch. The only Panther to collect more than one hit was first baseman Mark Shimrock, who went two-for-two with a walk.

Senior hurler Mike Stefaniak started for Tufts and picked up the win. Stefaniak pitched the first six innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits, while striking out six and walking just one. After freshman Kevin Gilchrist registered an out in relief, Chris DeGoti came on and finished things off. A freshman too, DeGoti pitched the final two and two thirds innings of hitless baseball, striking out three, while effectively closing the door on Middlebury.

Middlebury starter, and losing pitcher Robert Palladino couldn't record an out in the second inning before he was done for the day. In one plus innings of work Palladino gave up five earned runs on three hits and a walk without the benefit of a strike out. The next two Panther pitchers, Dirk VanDuym and Andrew Somberg struggled against Tufts offense too. The duo combined for six innings of work, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. Scooter Scott finished it out for Middlebury in the losing effort by tossing one inning of scoreless baseball.

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