Allee Beatty '13 Extends Hit Streak to 18, Jill Gately '15 Goes 3-for-3, But Softball Win Streak Ends at 12 vs. Coast Guard

Visiting Coast Guard used a pair of home runs in the 6th inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit and go on to capture a 6-4 softball win over Wesleyan.  The Bears ended the Cardinals school-record tying win streak at 12 games while avenging an 8-4 loss to Wesleyan in New London last year.  Coast Guard leads the overall series, 19-11.

Down 3-1 heading into the top of the 6th, Coast Guard got a leadoff liner over the left-field fence to make it 3-2.  Wesleyan got the next two batters out before back-to back singles got runners at first and second.  What followed was a towering shot up into the wind and over the left-field fence for a 5-3 Bears lead.

Wesleyan got one back in the bottom of the 6th on a single inside the third-base bag by Jill Gately '15 (#17, right side photo) and an RBI single to center by Amanda Roosa '16. Coast Guard boosted the margin back to two in the 7th with a double to left to knock in a run.

Gately, who went 3-for-3 in the game, had spotted Wesleyan a 1-0 lead in the 1st with an RBI double to the fence in right-center field, bringing in Ashley McLaren '13, who reached by error.  Wesleyan made it 2-0 in the 3rd as Allee Beatty '13 (#22, left side photo), who had a pair of singles and two runs, extending her hitting streak to all 18 games this season, scored on McLaren's single after Beatty picked up the first of her two stolen bases in the game.  Beatty leads Division III in runs scored, averaging almost two runs a game, and is sixth nationally in stolen bases with 20 in 21 attempts this season.  She also is tied for the top spot nationally in triples and her .515 batting average ranks in the top-10 in Division III.

A pair of Doubles in the top of the 4th brought in Coast Guard's first run of the game but Wesleyan made it 3-1 in the bottom of the 5th as Beatty got her second hit, stole second and scored on a Tori Redding '13 single.  Redding also had two hits in the ballgame.

Laura Getchell '14 started in the circle for Wesleyan and was lifted with two outs in the 6th, absorbing her third loss of the year against five wins.  Roosa got the last four outs for Wesleyan.

Wesleyan begins a crucial NESCAC West series Fri., April 5 at Williams before hosting Williams in a double-header Sat., April 6.  The game at Williams, starting at 4:30 p.m., will be webcast.