Cards Gain Second Win in Tucson as Molly O'Connell '09 Powers Offense, Knocks in Winner in 6th
Wesleyan rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 6th and retired Marian on three groundouts in the top of the 7th to hang on for a 7-6 victory in the first of two games played in Tucson Sun, March 15. The Cards fell to Denison in the second game, 5-2.
Molly O'Connell '09 (#18, photo by Ron Bernstein P'11) triggered the attack in the win over Marian, going 3-for-4 while driving in three runs including the game-winner to cap the four-run rally. She stroked a double in the 6th to go along with her triple in the third inning which brought home two runs. She also singled in the 2nd. Meaghan Dendy '10, who also went 3-for-4 with two runs, got the compete-game win and got Marian out on three grounders in the seventh, two of them to O'Connell at shortstop.
Against Denison, Dendy went 2-for-4 and O'Connell 1-for-3 while Julia Chamberlin '09 and Lily Thalheimer '11 both stroked a pair of hits each. Pitcher Chelsea Swete '11 allowed eight hits and two earned runs over seven innings. Four runs by Denison in the 3rd, three of them unearned, proved to be the difference in the contest.
Wesleyan took on defending NCAA Division III champ Wisconsin-Eau Claire along with Central (IA) for its next two games Mon., March 16. Eleven errors proved to be the Cardinals' undoing as Eau Claire scored five unearned runs in a 5-2 contest while seven of nine runs scored by Central were unearned in a 9-1 decision.
Dendy allowed just seven hits to Eau Claire, currently ranked second in the country. Wesleyan came back to tie in the bottom of the first and fourth with single runs produced by RBI singles from Taylor Zavadsky '10 and Katie Grogan '09. Both Wesleyan runs were unearned as well. Three UWEC hits and two Cardinal errors in the sixth turned the game the Blugolds way.
Central jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and Wesleyan's attempt to prevent the contest from being cut short failed as Central added two runs in the bottom of the fifth to invoke the mercy rule. Dendy had two of the Cardinals' three hits and Chrissy Bello '12 got the lone RBI when she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Wesleyan has its last two-game day on Wed., March 18, taking on Edgewood and Lakeland.