Cards Out-Hit Menlo in Each of First Two Games but Come up Short on Scoreboard Each Time
Despite out-hitting host Menlo, 14-5, in the first of their three-game series in Atherton, Calif., Sat., March 8, the Cardinals could not hold a 7-0 lead through the midway point of the game and fell by a 9-7 count. Graham Douds '09 (photo) went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. He had two hits while scoring one and driving in a run during Wesleyan's six-run flurry in the second inning. He also slammed a solo home run in the fifth frame to give Wesleyan a 7-0 lead at the time. The Cardinals carried a 7-2 advantage into the bottom of the seventh, but Menlo rallied for four runs in the seventh and took the lead in the eight by plating three. Menlo's pitcher, who went the distance despite yielding half of Wesleyan's 14 hits in the second frame, struck out 15 in the contest. Louis Gabel '08 went 4 2/3 innings as Wesleyan's starter, allowing just two hits and two runs while exiting with a 7-2 lead. He did have control trouble in his final inning, issuing four walks. But six more Cardinal hurlers could not hold the lead as the winning run scored in the eighth inning on a balk. Wesleyan did get the tying run to the plate in the ninth as Brice Kelly '10 blasted a one-out double for his third hit of the game but Menlo got the final two outs with no further damage. In the second game of the series Sun., March 9, Menlo held a 9-2 lead after three innings and went on for a 14-9 win. Wesleyan had 15 hits to Menlo's 14 as seven Cardinals each laced two safeties including Douds. Gabel, coming in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, went 2-for-2 with three RBI. Chris Simpson '08 slammed a two-run homer to right in the first inning to give the Cards an early lift. Kelly also had two hits and two RBI for the Cards. Control trouble continued to plague the pitching staff as six pitchers yielded nine walks and hit five others. Half of the 14 players who reached in this fashioned scored for Menlo. The teams close out the series Monday, March 10.