Cards Open Play on Newly Constructed Softball Field with 4-0 Mark, Defeating Hamilton & CGA
Opening the NESCAC West schedule with the first home game on its newly constructed field, Wesleyan conquered Hamilton for the fifth straight time, 13-5, Sat., March 29. The Cards then made it seven in a row over the Continental by taking a double-header Sun., March 30 by scores of 4-2 and 9-1. Wesleyan never trailed against Hamilton throughout the weekend, jumping ahead 6-0 in the first inning Sat. as six different players posted an RBI. The team improved its lead to 10-2 in the 3rd inning and after Hamilton narrowed the margin to 10-5, the Cards responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the 4th and held Hamilton scoreless in the 5th to end the game via the eight-run mercy rule. With Becca Feiden '08 (#4, main photo by Ron Bernstein P'11) going 4-for-4 and scoring three runs, the squad collected 14 hits on the afternoon while the combined pitching of Karla Hargrave '08 and Anu Rimal '11 limited Hamilton to four hits. Feiden, who joined Wesleyan's 100-hit club back on March 17, has now moved into at tie for second place on the all-time hits list with 119. Atop the list is Marcia Whitehead '08, who has upped her total to 146 safeties. In the double-header, both Meaghan Dendy '10 in game one and Hargrave in game two logged complete-game victories. Taylor Zavadsky '10 (photo insert upper left) extended her hitting streak to 12 games by going 3-for-5 during the twin-bill while driving in five runs. Her three-run homer in game two capped a five-run outburst in the 2nd inning, helping the Cards put the game away in five innings as Hargrave struck out seven and allowed just five hits and one run. Whitehead had a key hit in the first game, knocking in a pair in the 3rd inning to spot Wesleyan a 4-0 lead. Dendy, who also had seven Ks, ran into a little trouble in the 6th but got out of it with the Cards still up by two runs. After giving up a leadoff single in the 7th, Dendy got a strikeout, a foul pop and a grounder to end the game. Wesleyan has the early lead in the NESCAC West standings as Amherst, Middlebury and Williams have yet to inaugurate their conference schedules. Wesleyan hosted Coast Guard Wed., April 2 for a 12-4 non-conference win, another five-inning outing. Wesleyan racked up eight runs in the final two innings with nine hits. Before that, Dendy unloaded for a grand-slam homer in the 2nd inning. Wesleyan hit .483 in the contest. The squad has a three-game NESCAC West slate with Williams this weekend. The opening game will be Sat., April 5 followed by a twin-bill Sun., April 6. A double-header vs. Colby scheduled for Sun., April 6 has been cancelled.