Jill Gately '15 Belts 7th HR of Season to Set Record but Softball Falls to Tufts in NESCAC Opener, Then Eliminated by Bowdoin

Playing NESCAC East top seed and playoff host Tufts in the first round of the NESCAC tournament Fri., May 3, Wesleyan got on the board first when Jill Gately '15 (photo lower left) sent a deep fly ball over the left-field fence in the 2nd inning to lead off the frame, spotting Wesleyan a 1-0 lead.  It was the seventh homer of the year for Gately, who broke the Cardinal seasonal home run figure she had tied earlier in the campaign.  It also gave her RBI number 45 on the year, increasing her Wesleyan record in that department.

But it was the only run the Cardinals could muster against Tufts ace and All-American pitcher Allyson Fournier, who kept near her seasonal averages while improving to 17-1 on the year.  Fournier yielded just three hits, slightly above her average of 1.5 a game, and struck out 13, just below her average of 14 a contest.  Gately had two hits in the game as she lashed a ground-ball single between third and short in the 7th inning.  Amy Lindland '14 had the other Cardinal safety, a bunt single to lead off the 5th. 

Su Pardo '16 (right side photo), now 12-3 on the year, went the distance in the circle for Wesleyan, giving up eight hits with six strikeouts.  Tufts scored all three of its runs in the 3rd inning with three RBI doubles as the Jumbos had half their hits in the one frame.  Otherwise, Pardo shut to door on Tufts, giving up four hits and no runs over five of the six innings she tossed.

Wesleyan played in an elimination game Sat., May 4, taking on Bowdoin, a 3-0 loser to Middlebury in its first-round matchup.  Wesleyan dropped an 8-4 decision to the Polar Bears in Florida earlier this year, and Bowdoin made it 2-0 vs. Wesleyan with a 2-0 NESCAC win.  Again, Pardo was a standout in the circle, giving up just five hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts.  She ended the season 12-4 with a 1.78 ERA.  She posted 152 strikeouts in 118 innings and opponents had a mere .217 batting average against her.

Gately and Allee Beatty '13 (photo upper left) had a hit apiece as Wesleyan picked up four on the day, joined by Tori Redding '13 and Lindland.  In addition to her seasonal home run and RBI records, Gately also set a mark for doubes in a season (14) this year and hit .416.  Beatty, the team leader with a .421 average, graduates with three career records as her 152 runs scored, 12 triples and 114 stolen bases all represent Cardinal standards.  Playing in 142 games over her four seasons, Beatty collected 180 hits to rank third all-time at Wesleyan.  Redding finished with 136 career hits, putting her in seventh place on the career hits list.  With a 24-12 record, Wesleyan tied the mark for wins in a season, accomplished first by the 2010 NESCAC championship squad, which went 24-18-1.