Wesleyan dominated the all-NESCAC baseball squad in 2013 with six honorees including Coach of the Year Mark Woodworth (head shot upper middle) and first-team picks Donnie Cimino '15 (right action photo) and Andrew Yin '15 (left action photo). Bowdoin had four individuals receive recognition while Trinity and Amherst had three apiece as the four teams to compete in the NESCAC tournament. Named to the second-team were Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15, Nick Cooney '15 and Jeff Blout '14. Woodworth earned his second NESCAC reward as he was Coach of the Year in 2002 after leading the Cardinals to the NESCAC tournament with a 10-2 conference record in his first season at the helm. Wesleyan went 21-16 that year. Over his 12 seasons at Wesleyan, Woodworth has compiled a 204-222-5 record with five winning campaigns and a 75-67-2 NESCAC West mark with five trips to the NESCAC tournament.
Two Cardinal men and two Cardinal women were honored as members of the all-NESCAC rowing squad. Named first team were Robin Cotter '13 (photo upper left) for the women and Trevor Michelson '13 (photo upper right) for the men. Second-team picks were Sam Hoefle '13 (photo lower left) on the men's side and Clare Doyle '14 (photo lower right) on the women's side. The Wesleyan women's varsity eight rowed to a 10-3 dual-race record in 2013, placed 6th of 17 in the New England Rowing Championships and 10th of 21 in the ECAC Collegiate Championships. The men came through with a 9-4 dual-race mark, were 4th of 14 in New England and 11th of 19 in the ECACs.
Defeating Trinity in a suspended game, competed Sun., May 12, by an 8-4 count, the Cardinals reach the NESCAC championship game for the first time in the 13-year history of the tournament. Playing 2-0 Amherst, which had taken a 5-4, 13-inning game from Wesleyan in the second round, for the title, Amherst scored twice in the 1st inning and Wesleyan could not get its offense in gear, dropping a 7-0 decision. As a result, Amherst claimed its third-ever tournament crown and the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. With a 25-15-1 overall record, Wesleyan was a long shot for an at-large bid to the NCAAs and did not get in. Wesleyan's four seniors, pictured (L to R) Stefan Sundseth '13, Chris Bonti '13, Steve Moran '13 and Derek Lukin '13 pose with athletics director Mike Whalen with their runner-up plaque. Leading 5-3 at the time of the suspension, Wesleyan added three runs in the top of the 6th against Trinity en route to its 8-4 victory in the elimination game. Donnie Cimino '15 triggered the three-run 6th for the Cardinals with a two-run double into the left-center field gap, making it a 7-3 game. Jon Dennett '15 launched a single into left to drive home Cimino, who finished the game with two hits and three RBI, for an 8-3 lead.
Competing in second-to-last regular-season meet of their careers, Skyler Cummins '13 (left side photo) and Bryan Marsh '13 (right side photo) secured all-New England Open honors with a top-eight finish Sat., May 11 at Stonehill. Cummins had the top Cardinal finish as he placed third in the 1500m race with a time of 3:51.63, less than two seconds over the school record set 52 years ago. Cummins' time placed him in contention for an NCAA spot as it represented the 17th fastest time in the country at the time. It proved to be enough to get him in as the 19th seed among the 20 qualifiers in the 1500m for the NCAA Division III Championships to be hosted by Wisconsin-La Crosse Thurs.-Sat., May 23-25.
Playing the longest game in NESCAC baseball tournament history, Amherst outlasted Wesleyan in a winner's bracket game Sat., May 11, 5-4 in 13 innings, to advance to the championship round Sun., May 12. Amherst's opponent has not yet been determined as Wesleyan held a 5-3 lead over Trinity, which eliminated Bowdoin earlier in the day, 5-3, in the second elimination game of the day before rain forced a suspension after five innings. The game will be resumed Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with Amherst to play the victor shortly thereafter. Donnie Cimino '15 (right side photo) accounted for nearly half of Wesleyan's 12 hits in the Amherst game, going 5-for-6 with a pair of RBI as he now leads the Cardinals in both categories. Including his hit and RBI in the unfinished Trinity game, Cimino has 66 safeties on the year, a seasonal record, and 36 RBI with a team-best .395 average. Single runs by the Cardinals in the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th innings spotted Wesleyan a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th as Amherst was the home team in the game. Sam Goodwin Boyd '15 and Guy Davidson '16 had the other two RBI for Wesleyan.
Despite coming away empty in the team point department, Wesleyan established two school records while competing in the New England Open meet at Stonehill, which featured many Division I and II colleges as only one school among the top 10 finishers (Tufts) was a Division III entry. The meet concluded Sat., May 11. Then during the final meet of the regular season Thurs.-Fri., May 16-17 at Springfield, site of the ECAC Division III Championships, Wesleyan had three fifth-place finishes to gain 12 team points and finish in a tie for 23rd among 59 scoring teams. There two more team records were set while Alexis Walker '16 (photo lower left) qualified for her second trip to Nationals in the long jump this year.
In a game dominated by unearned runs, Wesleyan scored six unearned runs with Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 delivering a three-run double and Jon Dennett '15 (#12, photo lower right) pounding a two-run homer all after the third out should have been recorded in the 3rd inning, helping Wesleyan to an 8-6 first-round NESCAC tournament victory over Bowdoin Fri., May 10. Wesleyan advances to a winner's bracket game against Amherst, an 8-5 winner over Trinity, Sat., May 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Wesleyan. Bowdoin and Trinity go at it in an elimination game at Beehive Field in New Britain, also at 10:30. The winner of the elimination game takes on the loser of the winner's game in another elimination game at Wesleyan Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The tournament concludes on Sunday. All games at Wesleyan will be webcast and have LiveStats. After a pair of infield errors allowed the Cardinals to load the bases with one out in the 3rd, Goodwin-Boyd unloaded the bases with a hard liner into the left-center field gap, making it a 4-1 game. One batter earlier, Donnie Cimino '15 (#11, left side photo) had singled into right field to score Wesleyan's first run, countering the Bowdoin run in the top of the 1st which scored on a wild pitch. Wesleyan added two more runs in the 3rd when Dennett launched just the second homer by a Cardinal this season over the left-field fence, putting the Cardinals ahead, 6-1.
Wesleyan celebrated its fourth NESCAC Player of the Year in 2012-13 when softball sensation Allee Beatty '13 (right side photo) joined men's soccer standout Adam Purdy '13, women's soccer star Laura Kurash '13 and men's ice hockey scoring leader Keith Buehler '14 with the honor. Beatty also earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades. She led the Cardinals with a .421 average, scored 50 runs, drove in 11, stole 25 bases, had a seasonal record eight triples and was perfect in the field with 58 putouts and one assist in center field. She opened the year with a school-record tying 21-game hitting steeak. Her 152 runs, 12 triples and 114 stolen bases all represent Wesleyan career standards and she sits third in career hits with 180. She is a four-time NESCAC honoree with three nods to the all-NESCAC second team before gaining first-team laurels this year. Beatty is a three-time academic all-NESCAC choice and is a CoSIDA/Capital One District II academic All-American. She is looking for her third spot on an NFCA New England all-star squad.
With three entries at the New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Sat., May 4, Wesleyan came through with a pair of medals as the third varsity 8 took home a silver medal while the second varsity 8 secured a bronze. The varsity 8 was one spot shy of medaling, placing fourth among 14 crews, just two seconds behind third-place Bates for the final medal. The varsity 8 placed second in its heat, 2.3 second behind Trinity as both advanced to the grand final. In the grand final, Trinity edged Williams for the gold by 0.9 seconds. Bates was third, 6.5 second behind the winner. Representing the Cardinals in the race was the lineup of Ben Record '15, Tenzin Masselli '15, Keegan Dufty '14, Noah Solomon '14, Chris Nanda '16, Peter Martin '14, Trevor Michelson '13, Sam Hoefle '13 and cox Grant Nikols '13. Both the second and third varsity 8 was victorious in its heat before going on for a medal. There were 11 entries in the second varsity 8 race and nine in the third varsity 8 affair.
The women's varsity 8 placed sixth in the Grand Final of the New England Rowing Championships Sat., May 4 in Worcester, Mass. The crew finished second in the morning heat of six crews, topping Tufts by 4.5 seconds to earn a qualifying spot. "This is a huge accomplishment for our program", said Head Coach Pat Tynan. "We haven't had a varsity 8 race in the Grand Finals of the New England Championships since 2001. It's been too long." This accomplished crew featured rowers Avery Mushinski '15, Remy Johnson '16, Kayla Cloud '14, Clare Doyle '14, Annie Dade '16, Hannah Korevaar '14, Robin Cotter '13 and Emilie Sinkler '14, guided by cox Ari Rudess '15.