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Four Cardinals Make All-NESCAC Squads While Head Coach Jen Shea is Co-Coach of the Year

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Reaching the NESCAC tournament championship game for the first time in 2008, Wesleyan tied the team record for victories in a season with its 21-16 final record. Four Cardinals were recipients of all-NESCAC honors as Marcia Whitehead '08 (#6, photo insert lower right), Talia Bernstein '11 (#9, photo insert lower left) and Meaghan Dendy '10 (#7, main photo) all earned first-team laurels while Karla Hargrave '08 (#17, photo insert upper right) was a second-team pick. In addition, Dendy was deemed Pitcher of the Year and Head Coach Jen Shea (photo insert upper left) was Co-Coach of the Year. In her seventh year at the helm of the Cardinals, Shea has directed the team to back-to-back NESCAC tournament appearances and consecutive team-record 21-win seasons. Dendy paced the Cards on the mound with a 2.36 ERA and 11-6 record. Opponents hit at a .268 clip against her as she threw 100.2 innings, allowing 113 hits with 56 strikeouts and 21 walks. She also hit a solid .383 at the plate with a team-leading 33 runs and 14 stolen bases. She was a first-team all-NESCAC choice in 2007 as well. Whitehead, an all-NESCAC second-teamer last year, paced the squad at the plate with her .398 average, set a team mark for hits in a season with 51 and is the Wesleyan career leader for hits with 173. Hargrave, who went 10-8 on the mound with a 3.47 ERA, 107 innings pitched and 91 strikeouts, swung at a .357 level. Bernstein, who finished just behind Whitehead in the race for team-best batting average with a .397 mark, set a team record for seasonal doubles with 10 and fielded at a tremendous .993 figure at first base with only two errors in 285 chances. After opening the season with a 1-9 record in California, Wesleyan won 16 of its next 19 games in clinching the NESCAC West title on April 19 with a win over Amherst. The team dropped its opening game in the NESCAC tournament, hosted by Wesleyan, to Trinity, 7-0, then captured three straight victories (13-3 over Williams, 8-2 over Trinity and 3-2 over Tufts) before losing in the championship game to the Jumbos, 10-3. In addition to their NESCAC honors, both Dendy and Bernstein were named third-team all-New England by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. (photos of Cardinals in red jerseys courtesy of Ron Bernstein P'11)