MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury College scored 13 runs in the first three innings and never looked back on its way to a 15-7 non-conference baseball win over Plymouth State University Wednesday on Forbes Field. The home team pounded out 16 hits in a game that was delayed 38 minutes due to rain and ended after 7 ½ innings due to darkness.
The first six batters reached for Middlebury before the rain delay. Donald McKillop plated Tyler Wark with a single to center, before Erich Enns singled down the left field line to score Danny Seymour. Joseph Conway plated Enns, before Michael Morris belted a double to left to score Conway.
PSU answered in the top of the second when sophomore Joe Eramo (Shirley, Mass.) ripped a three-run triple to right center to make it a 5-3 game. An RBI single to short by Seymour in the bottom of the inning plated Wark to make it 6-3. Eramo finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a triple and three RBI to pace Plymouth State, while sophomore Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) was 2-for-3 win a walk and a pair of singles.
Plymouth State struck for two more runs in the third, with a two-run double to left center by junior Grant Livingston (Niantic, Conn.), delivering classmates Matt Koban (Bradford, N.H.) and Dan Eagan (Norwich, Conn.) for a pair of unearned runs.
Leading by one, a seven-run third inning gave Middlebury a 13-5 lead after three innings of play. Wark hit a two-run single to left in the inning, while McKillop plated three with a double to right center. Enns later drove in McKillop, while Morris plated Enns with a single to right for the seventh run of the inning.
A two-run double to right center by Conway in the fifth would be Middlebury’s final runs, and Plymouth added a pair in the eighth.
Peter Kinchley threw two innings of one-hit relief to pick up his first win of the season, while PSU sophomore starter Joe Hudson (Greenfield, Mass.) fell to 0-4. John Popkowski and John Wiet each threw an inning of scoreless relief for Middlebury.
PSU plays another non-conference road game Thursday at Colby-Sawyer College (3:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information)
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