Shaking off the doldrums from a pair of loses to Williams the day before, the Cardinals marched into Williamstown Sun., April 26 for the final game of the three-game NESCAC West & Little Three series and picked up an important 8-6 triumph behind the pitching of Drew Dominguez '09 (main photo). Logging his fifth complete game of the season while upping his record to 5-1, Dominguez gave up three earned runs and smacked a pair of hits to aid the Cardinal offense. Wesleyan still has a chance to make the NESCAC tournament but will need help from Hamilton and Williams to get there.
At Williams, Derek Dettorre '11 put Wesleyan ahead for good in the 1st inning with an RBI single and a big two-run double from Alex Meadow '12 (photo insert left side) made it a 3-0 bulge. The Cardinals led by as many as four, 8-4, after batting in the top of the 6th, thanks to a double by Jon Sheehan '11, an RBI single by Julian Sonnenfeld '11 and a Williams error that allowed Dominguez to score after his bunt hit. Dominguez also had an RBI in the 4th with his other single. With a team-leading 49 hits on the year, Dominguez has a shot of breaking his own team mark for hits in a season of 56 set last year.
Though Williams got two runners on with no outs in the bottom of the 9th, Dominguez had enough left to get a strikeout, a popup and a lineout to end the threat and the game.
For the Cardinals to make the post-season tournament, they must defeat Middlebury in a makeup game Sat., May 2 on the road. In addition, Hamilton has to upset Amherst in a game the same day, followed by a Williams victory over the Lord Jeffs Sunday, May 3 to complete the scenario.
Before that, however, the Cardinals hosted Westfield St. Tues., April 28, and came up with a 22-hit effort in a 14-6 triumph. Highlights of the game included a two-run triple by Brice Kelly '10, who then added an RBI double in the 2nd as Wesleyan scored five runs on seven hits in the frame ; a pair of two-run homers in the 6th as both Phil Rosenblum '12 and Meadow connected for their first career round-trippers ; and a 4-for-6 performance from Dominguez who upped his seasonal hits total to 53, just three shy of his school record set last season. He also raised his career hits figure to 167, tying him for third all-time at Wesleyan. Jon Sargent '09 went the first 5.2 innings to improve his record to 4-0.