Donnie Cimino '15 (#11, photo insert upper left) and Andrew Yin '15 (#8, main photo) both had two hits in the first game of a three-game NESCAC West series at Middlebury Fri., April 19, to set milestones but Wesleyan came out on the short end of a 4-3 score. The teams conclude their series in a double-header Sat., April 20.
Yin extended his tremendous hitting streak to 23 games as he leads the team with a .424 average and has hit safely in 27 of 29 games this season. Cimino became the first sophomore at Wesleyan to crack the 100-hit barrier as he now has 101 in his not even two-year-old career while also becoming the 45th Cardinal to join the 100-hit club. Yin will be next as he is up to 90 hits in his young career.
Wesleyan and Middlebury went back and forth in the early innings as the lead changed hands with each of the first three at-bats. Wesleyan scored a run on the top of the 1st when Yin and Cimino both got their first hts of the game and Chris Bonti '13 knocked in Yin with a sacrifice fly. After the Panthers went ahead, 2-1, in the bototm of the frame, two more Cardinal runs gave Wesleyan back the lead, 3-2, in the top of the 2nd. Eric Jones '16 had the tying RBI with a single before Matt Sorkin's '15 sacrifice fly spotted the Cardinals the advantage. Middlebury evened the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the 3rd and took the lead for good with another run in the bottom of the 4th.
Nick Cooney '15 went the distance on the mound for Wesleyan, allowing nine hits and four runs with six strikeouts. Wesleyan outhit Middlebury, 11-9, as Steve Moran '13 and Jones joined Yin and Cimino with a pair of hit each. Wesleyan got runners to second and third with no outs in the 8th inning but could not push over a tying run as the Cardinals left the bases loaded. Wesleyan went down one-two-three in the 9th.