After trailing 10-2 through just two innings of play in their season-opener in Florida Wed., March 9, the Cardinals roared back with 12 runs over the next three frames while holding Muhlenberg scoreless over the final five innings, and came away with a 12-10 victory. Wesleyan then added a cozy 13-0 win over Medaille in the day's second contest to make it a 2-0 start.
Pitcher Caitlyn Grudzinski '13 (#5, right side photo) struggled in the first two stanzas, allowing nine hits and 10 runs, just four of them earned. To say she turned it around over the last five innings would be an understatement as she gave up just two hits and no runs, giving her teammates a chance to battle back at the plate.
Leading the way offensively was Chrissy Bello '11 (#4, left side photo) as she went 4-for-5 with two runs and a pair of RBI. Four other Cardinals had a multiple-hit game as Allee Beatty '13 went 3-for-5 while Talia Bernstein '11, Dana Levy '12 and Sam Epstein '12 all had two hits. Epstein had the key hit in the Catrdinals' four-run 5th inning as she drove in the go-ahead run with a double, plating Bello. Alexis Kral '12 brought in Bernstein, who had tied the game with an RBI single, by hitting a sacrifice fly to make it a two-run lead.
The eight-run recovery is the third-greatest come-from-behind victory in program history, behind a 16-15 win over Bates in 2010 after Wesleyan trailed, 12-0, and a 10-9 triumph vs. Middlebury in 1999 after Wesleyan found itself in a 9-0 hole.
In the second game March 9, Wesleyan made short work of Medaille as Levy threw the first four shutout innings, giving up only two safeties, and Laura Getchell '14 finished up the five-inning affair by hurling the final frame with three strikeouts. The Cardinals scored at least two runs in each inning, led by Bernstein's 3-for-4 effort as she knocked in three runs and scored a pair. Good for two hits in the game were Levy, Matti Peters '13, Amy Lindland '14 and Marissa Davila '14.
Ahead for the team are games vs. Simmons and Thiel on Thurs., March 10, however, bad weather is wreaking havoc with the schedule for Thursday.
(photos courtesy of Ron Bernstein P'11)