Baseball Takes Both Ends of DH vs. Williams for First Three-Game Series Sweep Since 2000 - Team Then Drops Game at WCSU
Wesleyan completed a three-game sweep of Little Three rival Williams in a NESCAC West series for the first time since 2000 by capturing both ends of a double-header Sat., April 6, 11-0 in the opening seven-inning game and 9-1 in the nightcap, a nine-inning affair. Wesleyan got a five-hit shutout from Jeff Blout '14 (photo insert upper right)in the opener as he logged his second complete-game of the season. In the second game, Gavin Pittore '16 (photo insert upper left) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just five hits and one unearned run while Sam Elias '15 threw the final 2-2/3 innings, giving up no hits with three strikeouts.
Over the double-header, Wesleyan amassed 26 hits to 10 by Williams. Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 (middle of main photo) and Steve Moran '13 (#2 in photo) both had four hits. Goodwin-Boyd launched a three-run homer in game two, capping a six-run 3rd inning as all the scoring in the game came in the first three innings. Andrew Yin '15 knocked in three runs with his two hits in the contest.
Wesleyan also scored in bunches in the first game, going up 3-0 in the 1st, making it 5-0 in the 3rd, 9-0 in the 4th and 11-0 in the 6th. Donnie Cimino '15 had a two-run triple in the 1st while Guy Davidson '16 had a two-run single in the 4th and Jon Dennett '15 added a two-run double in the 4th.
Wesleyan now stands 5-1 in conference action and has won 11 of its last 14 games. With a .355 team batting average, Wesleyan has reduced its team ERA to 3.98.
Wesleyan traveled to Western Connecticut Wed., April 10 for its next start, a non-conference affair. The Cardinals carried an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the 8th, but two costly errors opened the door for five unearned runs by the Colonials as the host went on to claim an 11-8 decision. Chris Bonti '13 paced Wesleyan's 13-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Yin smacked a two-run double in a three-run 6th inning that gave the Cardinals a 7-5 lead. Back-to-back doubles by Bonti and Dennett to lead off the 8th made it 8-5. Goodwin-Boyd, with a double, and Davidson, with a single, drove in runs in the 5th for a 4-1 margin. Four runs by WCSU in the 5th erased the Wesleyan lead. Yin, Davidson, Moran and Dennett all picked up two hits.
Ahead for the Cardinals is a double-header Sun., April 14 at home vs. Bates. The first game will be webcast while both will feature LiveStats.