Graham Douds '08 Has Monster Game at Coast Guard with 2 Home Runs, 8 RBI in 12-7 Wesleyan Win
Down 6-3 after six innings of action, Wesleyan rallied for its 14th consecutive victory over the Coast Guard Academy Thurs, March 27 as Graham Douds '08 (photo courtesy of Daniel Harris, d3sports.com) cracked two home runs, one a grand slam, to power the Cards to a 12-7 win. Douds gave Wesleyan the lead in the 7th as he capped a five-run rally to make it an 8-6 game with his grand slam. Two inning later he added a three-run shot to the same spot in left-center field for the final margin. Earlier in the game, Douds lashed an RBI single in the 4th to help Wesleyan come back from a 3-0 deficit for a tie. Douds now leads the team with a .471 average, four home runs and 23 RBI this season. Wesleyan used eight pitchers during the contest, rotating almost every inning, and Dusty Mones '09 got credit for the win as he was on the mound last before Douds unloaded in the 7th. Wesleyan began a big NESCAC West and Little Three weekend Sat, March 29, facing Amherst in a double header. In game one, the Cards rallied for a 5-4 win, scoring all five runs in the bottom of the 6th, four of them with two outs. Julian Sonnenfeld '11 had a key two-run hit after Douds had driven in Chris Simpson '08, who tripled, with the team's first run. Drew Dominguez '09 then drove in a run with the second three-bagger of the frame to tie it at 4-4 before Joe Giaimo '11 cracked what proved to be the game-winning single. Louis Gabel '08 came in to pitch the 7th, getting Amherst in order with two strikeouts. Things didn't go quite as well in game two as the Lord Jeffs captured a 7-2 triumph. Dominguez finished the twin-bill with his second two-hit game including another triple and a run scored. Wesleyan and Amherst met in the rubber match Sun., March 30 at Amherst with the Lord Jeffs capturing a 7-4 contest. The Cards were down 7-1 heading into the 8th inning, but a two-run single by Douds helped trigger a three-run rally to cut the margin in half. But that's as close as the Cards would get. Next up for the team is another pivotal three-game NESCAC West weekend, all at home vs. Middlebury starting Sat., April 5, moved from its original date of April 4 due to weather. Then the teams square off in a double-header Sun., April 6 with both games slated for a webcast.