Cards Knocked out of NESCACs by Tufts & Bowdoin; Julian Sonnenfeld '11 Gets CoSIDA Honor
Rallying from a 4-1 deficit to close within 5-4 in the bottom of the 8th after a two-run double by Joe Giaimo '11 (#9, photo insert lower left), Wesleyan could not come up with the equalizer and fell to host Tufts in the first round of the NESCAC tournament Fri., May 7. Wesleyan began a game at Bentley vs. Bowdoin, which dropped a 15-5 first-round decision to Williams, in the first elimination game Sat., May 8. Bowdoin led 7-2 in the bottom of the 4th with Wesleyan due to bat before rain forced the game to be halted. It was resumed Sun., May 9 at Tufts. Though Wesleyan cut the difference to 7-5 in the 5th, the Polar Bears pulled away to secure a 14-7 win and knock Wesleyan out of the tournament. Bowdoin then went on to avenge its loss to Williams and face Tufts in the NESCAC title game.
Down 1-0 in the top of the 4th vs. Tufts, Wesleyan evened the count on David Skura's '12 RBI hit to left, plating Brice Kelly '10, who had walked and moved to second on a hit by Giaimo. Kelly then delivered his own RBI single, upping his seasonal school record to 56, to make it a 4-2 game in the 6th.
Giaimo, who joined Kelly with two hits on the day, lashed a double into the right-centerfield gap with two outs in the 8th to make it a 5-4 game. Scoring on the play were Kelly (single) and Derek Dettorre '11 (walk). Wesleyan was retired one-two-three in the 9th as Tufts moved into the winner's game against Williams Saturday.
On the mound for Wesleyan, Mike Barsotti '12 (#22, photo insert upper left) went the distance, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs. He struck out five Jumbos to run his season total to 76, just three shy of the Wesleyan single-season record.
Julian Sonnenfeld '11 (#12, main photo) had a first-inning hit, his team-leading 56th of the season. He was named a CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District I first-team academic All-American for the second year in a row and will be among approximately 25 outfielders from the eight districts with a opportunity to be selected a national academic All-American.
When Wesleyan faced Bowdoin, it was just the seventh meeting of the squads this century but the 86th all-time. Wesleyan still holds a decisive 57-29 lead in the series including a 27-7 record over the last 34 outings. Still, Bowdoin has now won four times in the last nine contests.
Giaimo continued to hit well as he paced Wesleyan vs. the Polar Bears with a 3-for-4 performance and two RBI. He had an RBI double in the three-run 5th. Barsotti, as the DH, went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
With 22 wins this season, the Cardinals racked up their largest number of victories since the 30-8 NCAA runner-up squad of 1994. Sonnenfeld led the regulars with a .418 average, including his school-record 25 doubles and 53 runs scored. With 171 career hits, Kelly stands third at Wesleyan in that department.