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The 2018 season provided many highlights and was another step forward for the Middlebury Baseball program. Our record of 16-16 was the sixth-best win total in program history and included a NESCAC West record of 6-6. Despite being 6-13 in early April, the team was able to find its stride and win 10 in a row to get back over the .500 mark. In a pivotal series versus Amherst to end the season, we won game one, lost game two, and were in position to play a winner-take-all game three which would send the winner to the NESCAC tournament. We had several chances in that game to come from behind to pull off the win but unfortunately fell just short. It was a tough way to end the season, but our guys competed right to the end and I am really proud of the resilience they showed throughout the year.

While we fell short of our team goal of making the NESCAC tournament, we had several outstanding individual accomplishments this season. Junior Colby Morris was named NESCAC Pitcher of the Year—the first Panther to win that award. He was selected to the NESCAC All-Conference First Team, D3baseball.com All Region Team, and awarded the Bill Hageman Pitching award, which was voted on by his teammates. Sophomores Justin Han and Brooks Carroll were also honored by the NESCAC, with Carroll being named Defensive Player of the Year and Han being named to the NESCAC All-Conference First Team as well after hitting .369 with a .528 on-base percentage and 22 stolen bases, which set a new school record. Han and classmate Hayden Smith shared the Ray Fisher MVP award this year, which was also voted on by their teammates.

Perhaps the most impressive individual accomplishment of the year came when senior Rob Erickson was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as one of 51 Middlebury students inducted. Rob has set the bar for our team academically all season and for much of his career at Middlebury. With his combined excellence in the classroom and stellar season on the mound as a senior, Rob became the second winner of the Karl Lindholm Scholar Athlete Award, which is awarded to a member of the baseball team who combines academic achievement with athletic success. The academic achievements were not limited to Erickson as the 2018 team had 13 players selected to the NESCAC All-Academic team. I am so proud of our team and their full commitment to being student-athletes.

This spring, the Middlebury Baseball team will look to get back to the NESCAC tournament and beyond. The 2019 schedule will feature several challenging match-ups and will again include two southern trips as we try to ensure that we play the NESCAC max of 36 games. We begin the year with a trip to Hoboken, New Jersey, to play Stevens Institute of Technology followed by a doubleheader versus SUNY Purchase. The next weekend we will head to Atlanta, Georgia, to play Emory University in a three-game set. Following that, for the first time in a very long time, we will head to the Orlando, Florida area for spring break, where we will play six games before taking on Hamilton in our first NESCAC West Division series.

The support from our alumni, parents, and friends of the program has allowed the team to make the spring break trip part of the Middlebury Baseball experience. This trip is one of the most memorable experiences for any baseball player, and so much work and preparation goes into making it a success. With the annual cost of the spring break trip close to $50,000, your gifts to Middlebury Baseball through our MiddGoals page are a huge part of making it happen.

Thank you so much to those of you who have already given to the program. I am so grateful for your support and generosity.

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Dollars Raised: 5%

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Deadline: Jun 30, 2019
Total needed: $50,000

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