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Cards Return from 14-Game West-Coast Trip with .347 Batting Average, 12 Homers, 5-9 Record

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Led by the bats of Drew Dominguez '09 (main photo), Graham Douds '08 (photo insert upper right) and Chris Simpson '08 (photo insert lower left), Wesleyan posted a .347 team batting average during its 14-game tour through California. In the team's final three games, the Cards lost a heart-breaker to Pomona-Pitzer, 14-12, Fri., March 21 followed by an 11-1 loss to La Verne the same day. The final contest of the excursion resulted in a 14-7 setback at Redlands Sat., March 22. All three of these games were part of the California Invitational tournament. Simpson cracked his third home run of the year during the Pomona game as he leads the team in that department, as well as in RBI with 17. With 12 home runs so far, Wesleyan has nearly doubled last year's total production of seven round-trippers. Douds. with a team-high .467 batting average, has two homers and 15 RBI. Alex Early '10, who paced the Cards' in the final game with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate while scoring two runs and knocking in a pair, also sports a .467 average. Dominguez is the third Cardinal above the .400 mark as he is swinging at a .403 clip with a team-best 27 hits and eight doubles. He is third in RBI with 13, hit safely in 13 of the 14 games out west and is currently riding a 10-game hitting steak. Six of the eight players to start more than half the team's games thus far are hitting at .300 or above, including Simpson (.305). Wesleyan will open its New England schedule Thurs., March 27 with its traditional game vs. Coast Guard, this time in New London. (all photos courtesy of Daniel Harris, d3sports.com)