- May 23, 2015
Womens Tennis - Eudice Chong '18 Gives Wesleyan 2015 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Title with Thrilling 3-Set Victory
Eudice Chong '18 (main photo with head coach Mike Fried courtesy of Ohio Northern U.) came through with a thrilling 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 victory in the title match of the NCAA Division III women's tennis singles championship in Mason, Ohio Sat., May 23, to claim the first-ever NCAA Division III tennis title for the Cardinals. Named the NESCAC Player and Rookie of the Year, as well as the ITA Division III Rookie of the Year, Chong completed the 2014-15 campaign undefeated in singles play (22-0), dropping just two sets all season, both of them to sophomore Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin, 4-6, whom she played in for the third time this year in the NCAA finals.
- May 22, 2015
Womens Tennis - Eudice Chong '18 to Play for NCAA Div. III Women's Tennis Title after Being Named NESCAC Player & Rookie of the Year
Eudice Chong '18 has gone 4-0 without dropping a set during the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championship in Mason, Ohio Thurs.-Fri., May 21-22 and will play for a national title Sat., May 23 against Bowdoin College sophomore Joulia Likhanskaia at 10 a.m. The match will be webcast.
The two finalists have met twice this season with undefeated Chong (21-0) winning both outings, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 during a match in Claremont, Calif. in March and 6-0, 6-1 in Middlebury, Vt. during the NESCAC team Championship May 1. Both players are first-team all-NESCAC selections in 2014-15 with Chong also named NESCAC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. In addition, Chong was chosen as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national Division III Rookie of the Year while Likhanskaia was named the ITA national Division III Player to Watch. The set won by Likhanskaia back on March 10 was the only set surrendered by Chong this year in singles play as she is 42-1 in sets in 2014-15.
- May 20, 2015
Baseball - NESCAC Champ Baseball Places 6 on All-NESCAC Squad, Led by Pitcher of the Year Sam Elias '15, & 3 on All-NE Squads - Mark Woodworth is NESCAC Coach of the Year Again
Led by NESCAC Pitcher of the Year Sam Elias '15 (photo top middle), Wesleyan had six players as well as its head coach recognized by the NESCAC on the all-conference squad. Wesleyan had the largest contingent among the conference teams. Tufts had the next highest number of honorees with four. Amherst, Colby and Bowdoin all had three. Wesleyan had placed five on the 2013 squad, as well as having Coach of the Year, the Cardinals' previous high for conference laurels.
Joining Elias on the first team are shortstop Guy Davidson '16 (photo top right), who was a second-team pick in 2014, and first baseman Sam Goodwin-Boyd (photo top left), who repeated as a first-teamer after making his initial all-NESCAC appearance on the 2013 squad as a second-teamer. Wesleyan's second-team selections in 2015 including center fielder Donnie Cimino '15 (photo bottom middle), a four-time all-NESCAC choice (first team in 2013 and 2014, second team in 2012 and 2015) and pitchers Nick Cooney '15 (photo bottom right) and Gavin Pittore '16 (photo bottom left). Cooney has now been on the second team three consecutive years.
- May 15, 2015
Baseball - Baseball Extends Stay in NCAA Regional Behind Arm of Peter Rantz '16 in 4-1 Win over Southern Maine - NCAA Run Ends with 4-1 Loss to MIT
Peter Rantz '16 (#28, left side photo) tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits with no walks and two strikeouts in upping his record on the year to 5-2 as the second-seeded Cardinals knocked out the top seed, Southern Maine, from the NCAA New England Regional in Harwich, Mass. Fri., May 15, 4-1. Wesleyan continues its run with a game Friday night against MIT, which defeated Curry in an elimination game Friday, 3-0. Wesleyan and MIT met in Middletown earlier this season with the Engineers prevailing, 8-5. In the NCAAs, the margin was the same as MIT advanced with a 4-1 victory.
Nearly equaling his longest outing of his career, which came May 3 when he went 7.1 innings at Trinity in beating the Bantams, Rantz kept the USM hitters off balance most of the day as only one runner reached scoring position during his time on the mound, and that runner was cut down trying to go to third base on a smart play by shortstop Guy Davidson '16 on a fielder's choice grounder in the 6th. Rantz never allowed more than one hit in a frame as he threw just 85 pitches, 60 of them for strikes.
- May 14, 2015
Baseball - Baseball Rallies for 5 Runs in 8th Inning to Down Castleton, 7-4, in NCAA Elimination Game after Opening-Day Loss to Curry
Trailing 3-2 heading into the top of the 8th inning vs. Castleton St. in an NCAA Regioal Tournament elimination game in Harwich, Mass. Thurs., May 14, the Cardinal rallied for five runs to grab a 7-3 lead and went on to claim a 7-4 victory to stay alive in the playoffs. Up next for the team is a meeting with Southern Maine in another elimination game Fri., May 15. USM fell to Salem St., 10-1, for its first loss after a 4-0 win over Suffolk. Should the Cardinals prove successful in that early game, they will play a second elimination game Friday. Wesleyan opened tournament play Wed., May 14 with a tough 4-0 loss to Curry.
Junior Guy Davidson '16 got the 8th inning started for the Cardinals vs. Castleton with a chopper toward third base that hit the seam of the grass and dirt and hopped up over the third baseman's head for a single with one out. Marco Baratta '16 (#7, main photo) followed with a deep drive to left center for a triple, bringing in Davidson with the tying run. Up came Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 (#9, photo insert upper right) and he dropped a perfect bunt to the left of the mound with the squeeze on as Baratta scored the go-ahead run and Goodwin-Boyd was safe at first with a single.
- May 14, 2015
General - Four Cardinal Rowers Named All-NESCAC, Three on Men's Side, One on Women's
- May 12, 2015
Football - Wesleyan Football to Host One-Day Camps in May, June and July, 2015
The Wesleyan University football coaching staff is hosting a number of one-day fundamental skills camps. The first camp is scheduled for Saturday, May 16th while the others will take place Saturday, June 13; Saturday, July 18; and Sunday, July 19.
For more information about the camp, please visit the Wesleyan University Football Camps website at http://abcsportscamps.com/wufootball.
- May 10, 2015
Baseball - Baseball Wins Decisive 2nd Game vs. Amherst on Guy Davidson '16 Homer in 12th Inning to Capture 2nd Straight NESCAC Crown - Seeded 2nd in NCAA New England Regional
Guy Davidson '16 (#6, photo lower right) sent a ball over the left-field fence in the top of the 12th inning for his fifth home run of the year on the first pitch in the top of the 12th inning, breaking a 3-3 tie and propelling Wesleyan (28-9) to its second straight NESCAC baseball tournament title with a 4-3 decision over Amherst (26-13) at Holman Stadium in Nashua, N.H. Sun., May 10. It was the second game of the day between the Little Three/NESCAC West rivals as Amherst forced a seventh and deciding game in the tournament with a 3-1 triumph in the day's opener. Wesleyan secured the automatic bid from the NESCAC into the NCAA Division III Championship. The Cardinals are the #2 seed in the New England regional and will take on Curry in a first-round game Wed., May 13 in Harwich, Mass. Amherst received an at-large selection when the tournament pairings were announced and will play in the New York regional.
- May 09, 2015
Baseball - Baseball One Win Away from Defending NESCAC Title as Cards Break 2-2 Tie vs. Amherst in 9th for 4-2 Win
Moving one step closer to defending its NESCAC baseball title, Wesleyan broke a 2-2 tie with a par of runs in the top of the 9th, then rode the arm of starting pitcher Gavin Pittore '16 (#13, photo insert lower left) through the bottom of the ninth as Pittore posted his seventh consecutive complete game in a 4-2 victory over Amherst in the winner's bracket game of the NESCAC tournament in Nashua, N.H. Sat., May 9. Wesleyan needs one win on Sunday against either Amherst or Bates, which meet in an elimination game at 6 pm Saturday, to successfully repeat at NESCAC champion. Whichever team survives the final elimination game Saturday will have to defeat Wesleyan twice Sunday to unseat the Cardinals.
- May 08, 2015
Baseball - Baseball Begins Defense of Its NESCAC Crown with 4-2 Victory over Bates as Nick Cooney '15 & Jon Dennett '15 Star
Wesleyan scored four runs in the opening three innings and made it hold up for a 4-2 victory over Bates in the opening game of the NESCAC Baseball Tournament at Holman Stadium in Nashua, N.H. Fri., May 8. Wesleyan improved to 26-8 with the win while Bates dropped to 16-19. Wesleyan will face the winner of the Tufts-Amherst matchup in Saturday's winners game while Bates meets the loser in the first elimination game of the playoffs Saturday. In last year's tournament, Wesleyan got past bates, 4-3, in the first round on its way to its first-ever NESCAC title.
The Cardinals opened the 1st and 2nd innings with a pair of safeties and used a sacrifice fly and a ground ball double play to score a run in each frame. Andrew Yin '15 and Donnie Cimino '15 both grounded singles past shortstop in the opening stanza, putting runners at first and third. After an out, Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 lofted a fly ball into center field to plate Yin for a 1-0 Wesleyan lead. It was the team-leading 31st RBI of the year for Goodwin-Boyd. In the 2nd inning, Marco Baratta '17 led off by lining a double into the right-center field gap and went to third on a bunt single by Eric Jones '16. When Ben Hoynes '15 hit a grounder to short, Bates got two outs but the Cardinals got a run for a 2-0 edge.