Smacking 31 hits over the course of the double-header at Bates Sun., April 19, Wesleyan batted .392 on the afternoon and rolled to a pair of victories, 10-0 in the opener and 17-7 in the nightcap.
Throwing a two-hit shutout for his third complete game of the season while lowering his team-leading ERA to 2.81, Dusty Mones '09 (#18, photo insert lower right) did not allow a Bates runner to get past second base. For his effort, Mones was selected as the NESCAC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. In the meantime, the Cardinals scored single runs in each of the first three innings, added two in the 4th, another in the 6th and four in the 7th. Jeff Bizinkauskas '10 jacked a two-run homer in that final frame. Every Wesleyan starter had at least one hit in the contest with Drew Dominguez '09 and Julian Sonnenfeld '11 (#12, photo insert upper right) connecting for two. Sonnenfeld scored three times.
Sonnenfeld also scored three runs in the second game with another two hits. Alex Meadow '12 (#3, main photo) went 4-for-5 to pace the squad at the plate. Again, every starer had at least one hit, seven of them with two or more. Eight of the Cardinals' 19 safeties went for extra bases as Sonnenfeld and Brandyn Cooper '12 stroked a pair of doubles apiece. Wesleyan held a 10-0 lead in the game after 2 1/2 innings and led by no less than eight the rest of the way. On the mound, Jon Sargent '09 went eight innings to up his record to 3-0 this year.
Wesleyan is batting .326 as a team through 26 games led by Sonnenfeld's lofty .406 average. Next is Derek Dettorre '11 at .388 followed by Dominguez at .378.
Wesleyan's next contest was to be Wed., April 22 against Eastern Connecticut, which is ranked among the top-10 nationally in Division III, but the game was postponed indefinitely due to bad weather. Thus, the Cardinals next action became a key NESCAC West series vs. Williams beginning with a double-header in Middletown Sat., April 25. Wesleyan came out on the short side of the score in both contest as a last-inning rally in the opener stalled in a 10-5 loss and a 5-1 lead after six innings in the second game evaporated in the final three frames as the Ephs grabbed a 13-8 triumph. As a result, Wesleyan is in a must-win situation Sun., April 26 in a single game at Williams if the team has any hope of making the NESCAC tournament.
Dominguez was the principle figure at the plate for the Cardinals during the double-header with Williams, going 5-for-9 with four RBI. Also contributing three hits, including the day's only homer, was Brice Kelly '10. Justin Freres '11 got a start at designated hitter in the nightcap and responded by going 3-for-4 with two runs. On the mound, Brett Yarusi '12 had six strong innings in the second game but ran into trouble in the 7th before being lifted in the 8th. James Hounsell '11 also had an effective pitching segment with three strikeouts during three innings of scoreless relief to end the first game.