Dana Levy '12 Sets Cardinal Mark for Homers with Three During 9-0 Victory at Trinity in Opener of DH
In their final tune-up before heading to Middlebury for a showdown for an NESCAC tournament bid, the Cardinals traveled to Trinity for a double-header Wed., April 28. Trinity finished 8-4 in NESCAC East play and is awaiting its fate for the upcoming playoffs. Wesleyan, after dropping a 5-0 contest at Middlebury Fri, April 30, must sweep the Panthers in the regular-season-ending double-header Sat., May 1, to earn its fourth straight NESCAC tournament appearance.
Wesleyan got out of the blocks at Trinity in tremendous fashion as Dana Levy '10 (#10, heading to the plate) launched a three-run homer to left to give the Cardinals a 3-0 first-inning cushion. Levy went on to smack a solo shot over the left-center field fence in the 3rd and send another three-run blast over the center field fence in the 7th, giving her a Wesleyan record with three round-trippers in one game. She also tied the school mark for RBI in a contest with seven, first accomplished in 1988. Wesleyan won the game, 9-0.
Levy also earned a save by throwing the last three innings of the game, allowing just one hit. Meaghan Dendy '10 threw the opening four innings of the combined shutout, yielding only two hits with three strikeouts. Wesleyan collected 11 hits in the opener with Talia Bernstein '11, Aexis Kral '12 and Chrissy Bello '12 each picking up a pair. For Bello, the hits extended her hitting streak this season to 19 games.
Bello was held hitless in the second game but the Cardinals still got 10 safeties as Tori Redding '13 and Sam Epstein '12 led the way with two hits each. Trailing 5-1 heading into the 5th inning, the Cardinals struck for four runs to knot the count at 5-5. Epstein did the most damage with a three-run homer to center. She finished the game with four RBI. The home run was the 16th of the season for the Cardinals, a school record as no previous team amassed more than 14 four-baggers in a year. Levy tied the individual seasonal mark as she now has five on the year. Epstein upped her total to four this season.
Wesleyan then grabbed the lead with a three-run 7th inning as Taylor Zavadsky '10 delivered the go-ahead RBI with a double to right. Epstein then put down a sacrifice bunt that plated Levy and Kral followed with a sacrifice fly to score Zavadsky.
The lead didn't hold up as Trinity rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 7th off Levy, who had come in to pitch in the 3rd when the Bantams went ahead, 5-1. She had shut Trinity down over 3.1 innings, allowing two hits and no runs. But the Bantams got four hits off Levy to trail 8-7 with the bases loaded. Dendy took the mound to try and stop the comeback, but a two-run double to left ended the contest, 9-8.
Wesleyan went to Middlebury for the first of a three-game NESCAC West series April 30. The Cardinals were held to a lone hit, that by Dendy as Middlebury captured the important 5-0 win. Middlebury broke the scoreless tie with four hits and a pair of walks in the 3rd, taking a 4-0 lead. One of the hits was a three-run double.
The double-header at Middlebury Sat., May 1 will feature LiveStats and a link to see them is available on the Wesleyan athletics home page under "Webcasts."