Cards Split with Amherst as Talia Bernstein '11 Clouts 3 Homers, Meaghan Dendy '10 Extends Streak
Wesleyan gained a split with Little Three and NESCAC West rival Amherst Sat., March 28, dropping the opener, 6-4, but coming back to capture the nightcap, 5-4. Over the two games, top hitter Talia Bernstein '11 (#9, main photo) launched three home runs, Meaghan Dendy '10 (#7, photo insert upper right) went 5-for-8 to extend her hitting streak this season to all 16 games played, and Julia Chamberlin '09 (#14, photo insert lower left) stroked the game-winning hit in game two.
Wesleyan trailed 3-1 heading into the 6th inning of the second game before Bernstein sent her third round-tripper of the afternoon over the fence to cut the margin to 3-2. The Cardinals then rallied for three runs in the 7th to take a 5-3 lead. Anu Rimal '11 led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Mel Kasulis '11. Alexis Kral '12 reached by error and Lily Thalheimer '11 walked to load the bases. A Dendy single tied the count and Chamberlin delivered the game-winning two-run single to give the Cardinals a 5-3 edge. Though Amherst got one back in the bottom of the 7th, Dendy pitched the complete-game victory by striking out the final Lord Jeff batter with a runner at second base. It was her sixth "K" of the contest.
In the first game, Bernstein kept Wesleyan in the running by sending a two-run shot over the fence in the 1st inning and a solo shot in the 3rd to spot the Cardinals a 4-3 lead. Amherst got its own homer, a three-run blow in the 5th to bring in the deciding runs as the Cardinals were held off the board for the final four frames. With her two homers in the contest, Bernstein joined an exclusive club as only three previous Wesleyan softball players have hit two homers in a game. The last was Jo Brownson '08 who turned the trick in an 8-2 Wesleyan win over Trinity during the NESCAC tournament hosted by Wesleyan last May.
Wesleyan moves out-of-conference for its next game as the squad will venture to Coast Guard for a single game Wed., April 1.
(all photos courtesy of Ron Bernstein P'11)