Cards & Polar Bears Split Twin-Bill As Drew Dominguez '09 Shines at Plate with Four Hits, Five RBI
Wesleyan split a double-header at Bowdoin Sat., April 21, dropping the opener, 8-5, but coming back to win the nightcap, 8-6. Drew Dominguez '09 (photo by Wagner Photography, Ft. Myers, Fla.) and Chris Arvanites '09 triggered the offense in game two as they combined for five hits, three runs and five RBI. It turned out the Cards needed some help from their host as two runs in the 9th proved to be the margin in the win, both scoring by virtue of a Bowdoin error. Kit Tholen '08 got the win while Jon Sargent '09, with 3.2 innings of relief, got a save. In the first game, Wesleyan was the victim of a Bowdoin grand slam during a five-run 5th inning that gave the Polar Bears a cushion. Dominguez had another two-hit game with a pair of RBI. Rob Coughlin '07 and Chris Graceffa '07 also had two safeties each for the Cardinals. The team was right back on the diamond Sun., April 22, visiting Springfield. There the Cards dropped a 6-5 contest as Dominguez added a hit, an RBI and a run. Five Cardinals had two hits in the game led by Alex Mautone '07 and Brice Kelly '10 who each had a pair of RBI as well. Mautone gave Wesleyan a 5-4 lead in the top of the 8th with his two-run single but Springfield went on to tie in the bottom of the inning and got a bases-loaded infield chopper for a hit in the 9th to push across the winning run. Wesleyan also fell to Eastern Conn., 11-3, Wed., April 25 as the Warriors, ranked 11th nationally, unleashed an 18-hit attack against nine Wesleyan pitchers. Dominguez was one of two Cardinals to post a pair of hits in the contest along with Coughlin. Wesleyan completed its NESCAC West schedule by hosting Williams in a double-header Sat., April 28 before heading to Williamstown for a single game Sun., April 29. Williams captured all three contests, 9-2 and 14-2 in the twin-bill and 7-1 in the single game. In doing so, Williams locked up the top seed in the NESCAC West and removed the Cardinals from post-season contention. The next game for the Cards comes up Tues., May 1 when they host Westfield St.