Cards Suffer Opening-Day Setback to Host Tufts, 11-2, in NESCAC Tournament - Trinity Up Next


Competing in their first NESCAC tournament, the Cardinals ran into a buzzsaw in the opening round Fri, May. 4, falling to host Tufts, 11-2 in five innings. The game started with promise for the squad as leadoff batter Meaghan Dendy '10 (#7, photo) lined a shot over the 209 sign in center field to spot the Cards a 1-0 lead. But by the end of the frame, Tufts responded by sending 11 players to the plate for a seven-run inning that feature a three-run home run. The Jumbos added a second three-run shot in the 2nd inning to push the lead to 10-1. A bases-loaded groundout by Julia Chamberlin '09 plated another Wesleyan run in the 3rd but a solo shot by the Jumbos brought the score to 11-2 and that's how it ended. Dendy and Molly Gaebe '07 each had a pair of hits with Gaebe slamming two doubles to up her season total to a team-record tying nine while improving her career figure to 23, also a team standard. Marcia Whitehead '08 picked up a hit to advance her career total to 118, one shy of the team mark. The team faces Trinity College, which dropped a 5-3 decision to Williams in the first round, in a losers-bracket contest Sat., May 5. The winner of that game will play the loser of the Tufts-Williams game later in the day. The Wesleyan-Trinity loser will be eiliminated from the tournament.