Baseball Finishes with Split vs. Trinity as Mike Barsotti '12 Throws CG for Win - Julian Sonnenfeld '11 is District 1 Academic All-American

Mike Barsotti '12 (#22, photo insert upper left) gave the Cardinals a solid piece of work from the mound in the opening game of the season-ending double-header at Trinity Sat., May 7, throwing a seven-inning complete game for the win, despite a pair of half-hour weather delays.  Barsotti allowed just five hits and one earned run in posting his third complete game of the season.  He led the team in starts (10), innings pitched (63), strikeouts (57) and tied for the team lead in victories (4).

Wesleyan spotted Barsotti a 5-0 lead in the top of the first, taking advantage of a Trinity error on the opening at-bat, then rallying for all five runs with two outs.  Chris Bonti '13 had a two-run double in the frame while Justin Freres '11 and Jake Skinner '14 each had an RBI single.  A joe Giaimo '11 (#9, photo insert upper right) double, followed by a Derek Dettorre '11 (#1, photo insert lower right) single initiated a three-run 7th inning to make it an 11-2 final.  Dettorre tied for the team lead in batting average this season with Jon Sheehan '11 (#2, photo insert right middle), who was sidelined for the final 13 games due to inury.  Both hit a solid .360 for the year. Giaimo was right behind with a .357 average.

The Cardinals got another strong effort on the mound in the second game at Trinity as Brett Yarusi '12 went six innings, giving up just three hits and a run.  Still Wesleyan trailed, 1-0, heading into the 8th inning when Skinner walked with the bases loaded to even the count at 1-1.  The Bantams scored three tines with two outs in the bottom of the 8th to secure the split with a 4-1 victory.  Noah Feingold '12 paced Wesleyan at the plate with two of the team's four hits in the contest.

Julian Sonnenfeld '11 (#12, main photo), who posted a .345 average for the year with a team-leading 15 doubles, 21 extra-base hits and team-best .563 slugging percentage, was named CoSIDA/Capitol One District 1 first-team Academic All-America for the third year in a row, putting him in position to repeat as a national Academic All-American as he earned third-team honors in that department last season.  Sonnenfeld set the Wesleyan career records for doubles (59) and runs (148) while ranking second in career hits with 180.  His career batting average was .377 as he started 105 straight games over the last three seasons.

Wesleyan finished with an 18-19 overall record, 6-6 in NESCAC West play with a team .314 batting average and 5.67 team ERA. Three players moved onto the 100-hit list during the season, all of them in three seasons of play.  Giaimo, who might be returning as a grad student with a year of eligibility remaining, has 115 while Kyle Weiss '12 just joined the group during the home victory against Amherst April 30 and has 104.  Tops among the newcomers to the list is Alex Meadow '12, whose 139 career safeties ranks him 14th and puts him in position to challenge the career mark of 189 during his senior campaign in 2012.