Allee Beatty '13 is NESCAC Player of the Week as Softball Runs Win Streak to Five Games
Allee Beatty '13 (right side photo) was named the initial NESCAC Player of the Week after her .519 batting average, 14 runs scored, 9-for-9 effort in stolen bases and perfect fielding percentage in 24 chances though the opening eight games as Wesleyan posted a 5-3 record. Also in action Mon., March 18, the Cardinals rolled past Thomas, 10-1, behind the one-hit performance of Amanda Roosa '16 (photo insert lower middle) before pulling out a 4-3 victory in eight innings against New England College. Beatty added ECAC New England Div. III Player of Week honors to her credits.
The Cardinals had posted two exciting victories Sun., March 17, holding on to down Ramapo, 9-7, before ralling in the bottom of the 7th to defeat Wellesley, 10-9. Wesleyan has now run its current win streak to five games and takes on both Framingham St. and Benedictine in its next action Wed., March 20.
Beatty got things going for the Cardinals in the bottom of the 7th vs. Wellesley after the Cardinals let an 8-5 lead heading into the final frame slip away. Wellesley connected for four runs in the top of the 7th to snag a 9-8 edge. With one out in the bottom of the 7th, Beatty lashed her third triple of the season into center field, then scored the tying run on Ashley McLaren's '13 RBI single through the left side. A single by Tori Redding '13 advanced McLaren to second base, and Jill Gately '15 (left side photo) sent a grounder up the middle to plate McLaren with the winning run.
Wesleyan led 4-1 early on and after being tied 5-5 in the top of the 6th, used a three-run outburst in the bottom of the 6th to regain the lead. Haylle Reidy '15 singled to drive in the go-ahead run before a Wellesley error let two more runs come in for the three-run cushion. Wesleyan had nine hits in the game, three by Gately, but five Wellesley miscues helped account for seven unearned runs. Wesleyan played errorless ball in the contest.
In the opening game of the day, the Cardinals pushed out to a 9-4 lead on the Roadrunners in the top of the 5th, then hung on behind the relief pitching of Su Pardo '16 in the bottom of the 7th. She came in with a runner on to strike out two and get the final out on a grounder to shortstop to get her first career save. She also had the complete-game win vs. Wellelsey, despite being touched for 12 hits and nine runs. She did have eight strikeouts in the game as well.
Gately went 3-for-4 vs. Ramapo, making it a 6-for-9 day. Amy Lindland '14 had a pair of hits vs. Ramapo in upping her hitting streak to seven games before having it snapped vs. Wellesley as she went 0-2 with a walk and a sacrifice.
Wesleyan made relatively short work of Thomas with a three-run 2nd innings while adding a pair of runs in the 4th, 5th and 7th and a single run in the 6th. Thomas broke up Roosa's no-hitter with a leadoff single in the 5th. Thomas had scored an unearned run in the 4th, taking advantage of a pair of Wesleyan errors, to avert a shutout. Wesleyan unleashed a 13-hit attack, paced by Beatty and Alex Sarkowsky '14 with three hits apiece. Beatty also had two RBI as did McLaren.
Wesleyan carried a 3-0 lead into the 6th inning of its game vs. NEC as Beatty scored all three runs with Roosa, McLaren and Gately accounting for the RBI. A three-run homer by NEC in the top of the 6th tied the count and broke up Caitlyn Grudzinski's '13 shutout bid. Neither team scored through seven innings and the international tie-breaker was utilized. Wesleyan held NEC off the board, stranding a runner at third base. Beatty, who made the last out in the 7th, was put on second base. A walk to Roosa was followed by a sacrifice bunt attempt turned into an infield single by McLaren to load the bases. Gately then picked up her second game-winning RBI in two days in the Cardinals' last at-bat by singling through the left side to plate Beatty with her fourth run of the game. Beatty had three hits in extending her hitting streak to 10 games. Roosa, McLaren and Gately all had a pair of safeties, giving the Cardinals nine in the game. Grudzinski allowed seven hits and no earned runs with four strikeouts.
Beatty leads the regulars in the lineup with a .556 batting average and has scored 20 runs. Gately, with a .417 average, leads te team in RBI with 11. McLaren is right behind with 10. Wesleyan, at 7-3 on the season, is off to the second-best start in the team's 27-year varsity history as only the 2010 squad that won the NESCAC tournament and played in the NCAAs had a better mark after 10 games, standing 8-2.
(batting photos courtesy of David Getchell P'14; pitching photo courtesy of Jen Lane)