Jill Gately '15 & Allee Beatty '13 Account for 7 of 8 RBI in First-Ever Softball Sweep of Trinity, 5-3, & 6-3
Sweeping Trinity in a double-header for the first time in history, Wesleyan continued its banner season with 5-3 and 6-3 victories over its in-state rival Wed., April 17. The Cardinals came into the games with a 9-38 all-time record against the Bantams. The was the 14th double-header played by the squads and the best Wesleyan had accomplished in the past was a split. Wesleyan will be in action again at home Fri., April 19 in the first of a three-game NESCAC West series vs. Amherst. The game will be webcast
on a delayed basis, starting at 5:15 p.m. Game time is 4:15 p.m.
Jill Gately '15 (left side photo) got Wesleyan's offense in gear in the first game, lining a three-run homer, her fifth of the year, 30 feet over the left-center field fence to knot the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the 3rd. Trinity had just taken a 3-0 lead in the top of the frame with a three-run homer of its own that just cleared the fence. Freshman pitcher Su Pardo, who racked up 12 strikeouts en route to her 10th win of the year without a loss, yielded six hits in the contest. Wesleyan took the lead in the bottom of the 5th when Tori Redding '13, who reached on an error, scored on another error. Trinity had four miscues in the game as four of Wesleyan's five runs were unearned. Wesleyan, which had five hits, added an insurance run in the 6th when Matti Peters '13 got her second hit of the game with a ground ball down the left-field line to score Amy Lindland '14, who led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Wesleyan jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second game as Gately drove in her fourth run of the twin-bill with a hard grounder to third base for an RBI single in the 1st. Three more Cardinals scored in the 2nd as Allee Beatty '13 (right side photo) doubled in a pair, then later scored on a throwing error. Trinity got all three of its runs off pitcher Laura Getchell '14 in the 3rd, cutting the difference to 4-3.
A Beatty triple to right, her eighth of the year as she is among the national leaders in that department, drove in a run, and Beatty trotted home on a passed ball for the final run of the game in the 4th. Beatty scored three times in the game and also scored a run in the opener, giving her 45 on the season as she ranks second nationally in runs per game. Trinity got a pair of runners on in the 7th but Amanda Roosa '15 came in to pitch and got the final two outs without damage to record her first save of the year.