Getting the northern slate underway a few days late due to typical March weather in New England, the Cardinals headed slightly south to Rutgers-Newark for a double-header Sat., March 26. The teams split the twin bill with Wesleyan capturing the second game, 4-3, after Rutgers took the opener, 12-2.
Wesleyan got a solid starting pitching effort from Mike Barsotti '12 (left side photo) as he went 7.2 IP, allowing just six hits and one earned run with three strikeouts. Three of the six hits he permitted came in the 8th inning when Rutgers pushed across two unearned runs as the inning was extended by an error. Jimmy Hill '14 came in to relieve with two on and two out and got a big out on a grounder to the right side, ending the threat. Hill then retired Rutgers one-two-three in the 9th on a pair of grounders and a strikeout, earning his first career save.
At the plate, Wesleyan jumped ahead 3-1 in the top of the 3rd as Alex Meadow '12 (right side photo) triggered the burst with a two-run double, then scored the third run on an RBI single by Justin Freres '11. Kyle Weiss '12 drove in what proved to be the deciding run in the 6th with an RBI double, giving the Cardinals a 4-1 edge at the time. Weiss and Jon Sheehan '11 both laced a pair of hits, accounting for more than half of the Cardinals' safeties (7) in the game.
In the opener, Rutgers scored four runs in the 1st off starter Brett Yarusi '12 and built a 12-0 lead by the end of the 5th. Wesleyan's runs came in the 8th and 9th, courtesy of a Weiss RBI groundout and a run-scoring single by Sam Gruppo '14, who had two of Wesleyan's five hits.
The Cardinals open the home and NESCAC West schedule in their next outing Fri., April 1, taking on Hamilton in the first game a three-game series. The game will have both LiveStats and a webcast. Links for the transmissions can be found by clicking < here >.