Cardinals See NESCAC Playoff Hopes Slip Away Following Pair of League Losses to Amherst
Amherst made it a clean sweep of its three-game NESCAC West series vs. Wesleyan by taking both ends of a double-header Sat., April 28, pulling away in the opener for a 10-3 victory before breaking a 5-5 tie in the 8th inning to secure a 10-6 win in the nightcap. By virtue of its triumphs, Amherst wrapped up the top seed in the NESCAC West and will be in action in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament to be hosted by Trinity May 11-13. With the two losses, Wesleyan failed to qualify for post-season play with a 6-6 conference mark. Williams will be the #2 seed in the West as the Ephs are 6-5 in the league with a game remaining but own the tie-breaker over Wesleyan. Bowdoin is the #2 seed in the East with its 8-4 record in league play. Wesleyan concludes its season Sat., May 5, hosting Trinity in a double-header.
In the first game, Amherst used a four-run 4th inning to take the lead for good, 5-1, then tacked on three runs in the 5th and another pair in the 6th to win going away. Amherst had just seven hits off five Wesleyan pitchers in the seven-inning contest and took advantage of five Cardinal errors, along with three walks and four hit batters to to rack up 10 runs. Andrew Yin '15 (photo lower right) led Wesleyan at the plate with two hits and an RBI while Joe Giaimo '11 (photo upper left) had a double and scored twice.
With the score tied 5-5 in the top of the 8th in game two, Amherst scored three times with the go-ahead run scoring on an error, one of six by the Cardinals in the game, followed by a big two-run single to right. Amherst added another pair in the 9th on a ground-rule double to left center. Wesleyan got a 3-for-4 effort from Donnie Cimino '15 (photo upper right) and a two-run double from Giaimo as its second-game highlights. Nine of the Lord Jeffs' 10 runs were unearned.
With his hit during the second game, Alex Meadow '12 (photo lower left) picked up his 41st safety of the year, improving his career figure to 180 to tie him for second on the all-time Wesleyan hits list.