Pitching of Laura Getchell '14 & Su Pardo '16 Complement Hitting of Ashley McLaren '13 & Allee Beatty '13 for Opening-Day Softball Wins - Second Day Not So Prosperous

Laura Getchell '14 (top left photo) tossed a seven-hitter while allowing no earned runs as the Cardinals pulled out a 3-2 victory over Salve Regina in the team's opener in Clermont Fla., Wed., March 13.  A two-run single to right center by Ashley McLaren '13 (bottom left photo) drove in Lexi Parr '15, who returned to the game as a runner after Alex Sarkowsky '14 led off with a pinch-hit single, and Allee Beatty '13 (top right photo), who stroked her third hit of the game with a single and stole second to put runners at second and third with no outs.  The hit was McLaren's third of the game as well as both went 3-for-3.  McLaren had all three RBI and Beatty had two runs scored as her triple in the 3rd inning was followed by a McLaren RBI single.

The 1-0 lead lasted until the 6th when Salve pushed across two unearned runs as a one-out infield error helped the Seahawks rally for a pair.  Getchell had seven strikeouts and didn't walk a batter in gaining the complete-game victory.

Su Pardo '16 (photo lower right) opened her collegiate pitching career with a sparkling six-hit, nine-strikeout effort in shutting down St. Lawrence in the day's second game.  In the meantime, the lineup collected 15 hits as Beatty went 3-for-4 while McLaren, Tori Redding '13, Jill Gately '15 and Amy Lindland '14 all had a pair of safeties.  Redding had a big bases-loaded triple down the right-field line during a four-run 7th that locked up the triumph.  Beatty scored three runs with McLaren and Gately both knocking in a pair.

On the day, Wesleyan's two pitchers combined for a .232 opponent batting average and a 0.00 ERA.  The Cardinals hit a stellar .414 with six extra-base hits, three of them by Gately.

Next up for the squad is a rematch with the College of New Jersey Thurs., March 14, followed by a meeting with NESCAC rival Bowdoin the same day.  The Cardinals beat Bowdoin for the NESCAC crown during the 2010 season, then got knocked out of the NCAA tournament by TCNJ.  Wesleyan had defeated TCNJ, 10-9, in Florida earlier that season.  Wesleyan and Bowdoin also tangled in Florida last spring with the Polar Bears prevailing, 6-3.

Wesleyan fell to both the Lions and Polar Bears, but not without a fight.  Wesleyan pushed out to a 7-0 lead on TCNJ after a Gately homer in the 4th and a six-run burst in the 5th.  But the Lions put together an 11-run bottom of the 5th and went on for a 12-7 win.  Lindland went 3-for-4 in the game while both Gately and Pardo were good for two hits.  Bowdoin used a five-run 2nd inning to assume control of the second game and ended with an 8-4 decision.  Bowdoin carried an 8-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th.  The Cardinals rallied for four runs, thanks to a two-run single by Pardo, an RBI double by gately and a run-producing single from Gigi Olson '15.  Wesleyan had the bases loaded with one out, bringing the tying run to the plate, but could do no further scoring.  Pardo enjoyed a three-hit game and Lindland added two safeties.

Fri., March 15 brings games vs. Hood and Becker to the table.

(photos courtesy of David Getchell P'14)