2015 WEEKLY SPRING SPORTS SUMMARY
5/4/15 through 5/10/15
Baseball became the first Wesleyan team to defend its NESCAC title as they defeated Bates, then took two of three meetings vs. Amherst to repeat as conference champs. Wesleyan received an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament and will play in the New England Regional in Harwich, Mass., facing Curry in the first round. Wesleyan is seeded second and Curry is seventh. At NESCACs, Andrew Yin ’15 and Guy Davidson ’16 were dubbed heroes in the title game: Yin had three doubles, scored two runs and knocked in the tying run in the top of the 9th inning; Davidson cracked his fifth home run of the year, coming in the 12th inning, and it proved to be the winning run. Yin was named NESCAC Player of the Week, as he hit .444 (8-for-18). Donnie Cimino ’15 hit .471 over the four games, going 8-for-17. Pitcher Gavin Pittore ’16 logged his seventh straight complete game this season in giving the Cardinals their first tournament win over Amherst.
Eudice Chong ’18 was honored by the NESCAC as both Player and Rookie of the Year in women’s tennis. She also received the first NCAA Division III Championship invitation for a Cardinal women’s tennis player. She will play in the NCAA Championships in both single and doubles, joined by partner Helen Klass-Warch ’18, who gained all-NESCAC first-team honors in doubles. Chong had a 17-0 overall record this season and was 19-3 paired with Klass-Warch in doubles. Wesleyan has attended Nationals as a team in the past but has never had an individual NCAA qualifier.
Michael Liu ’17 became the second Wesleyan men’s tennis player to earn a spot in the NCAA Division III singles championship, as he also received first-team all-NESCAC accolades. Getting a spot on the all-NESCAC second team was Steven Chen ’18. The last Cardinal to attend Nationals was Tom Reifenheiser ’94, and he came back as national runner-up his senior year.
Men’s track had two school records set during the New England Open Championships. LaDarius Drew ’15 nudged past Tommy Lark ’12 in the long jump, placing sixth with a leap of 23-6, one inch longer than Lark's previous Wesleyan record. In the 5,000m, Evan Bieder ’15 bettered a 36-year-old school record by more than two seconds with his third-place time of 14:24.69. The nine points collected by Drew and Bieder put Wesleyan in a tie for 28th place among 37 scoring teams. Bieder currently ranks 10th in Division III in the 5k, while Drew is 20th in the long jump.
Ellie Martin ’16 ran a Wesleyan-record :56.09 during the trial of the 400m event during the New England Open women’s track meet and went on to place eighth in the event. Her time was 0.36 seconds faster than the Cardinal standard set by Karen Borza ’84 in 1984 when she won an individual NCAA title. Also picking up team points at New Englands was Molly Schassberger ’17 with her seventh-place finish in the 10,000m race. Wesleyan tied for 34th of 41 scoring teams.
Women’s crew returned from the National Invitational Collegiate Regatta in Worcester, Mass., with a pair of medals as the second varsity 8 placed second, and the third varsity 8 took third. In the varsity 8 event, Wesleyan took second in the petite final, eighth overall among 21 entries.
Men’s crew made the grand final in all three races it entered during the National Invitational Collegiate Regatta in Worcester, Mass., as the varsity placed sixth of 21 crew while both the second and third varsities came in fourth.
WEBCASTS/LIVESTATS – All the baseball games during the NCAA regional tournament in Harwich, Mass., will have a webcast and LiveStats. Wesleyan's first game against Curry is slated for 7:45 p.m. on Wed., May 13. Wesleyan will play either Castleton St. or Ramapo on Thurs., May 14, at a time TBA. The rest of the schedule is dependent upon the team's results. As always, links for all the games are posted on the Wesleyan athletics web site under "Follow the Cardinals Live," then "Webcasts/LiveStats."
SPRING RESULTS/UPCOMING SCHEDULES
BASEBALL (28-9, 12-0 NESCAC West): RECAP – NESCAC Championship in Nashua, NH – vs. Bates, 4-2 W. (5/8); vs. Amherst, 4-2 W. (5/9); vs. Amherst, 1-3 L. (5/10); vs. Amherst, 4-3 W. (12 inns.) (5/10) . UPCOMING — 5/13 Curry (NCAA Regional Tournament in Harwich, MA); 5/14 vs. Ramapo or Castleton St.(NCAA Regional Tournament in Harwich, MA). Rest of schedule TBA.
MEN’S CREW (2-3, final): RECAP – National Invitational Collegiate Regatta in Worcester, MA – 6th of 21 in varsity 8 (5/10).
WOMEN’S CREW (1-4, final): RECAP – National Invitational Collegiate Regatta in Worcester, MA – 8th of 21 in varsity 8 (5/10).
GOLF (2-66 overall from fall, 0-5 spring, Final)
MEN’S LACROSSE (9-7, 6-4 NESCAC, Final)
WOMEN’S LACROSSE (5-10, 1-9 NESCAC, Final)
SOFTBALL (14-17-1, 4-8 NESCAC West, Final)
MEN’S TENNIS (5-8 overall, 5-8 spring, Final)
WOMEN’S TENNIS (11-4 overall, 9-4 spring): RECAP – no action. UPCOMING – 5/21-23 NCAA Division III Individual Championships in Mason, Ohio (for Eudice Chong and Helen Klass-Warch)
MEN’S (25-8) & WOMEN’S (23-11) TRACK & FIELD: RECAP – New England Open Championships at MIT - Men, 28th (tied) of 37 scoring teams; Women, 34th (tied) of 41 scoring teams (5/7-9). UPCOMING – 5/13-14 Men & Women in ECAC Division III Championships at Springfield.