Kit Tholen '08 Excels on the Mound, Justin Freres '11 Triggers the Offense in 4-1 Win Over Williams
In his last two starts, Kit Tholen '08 (pitching in photo) has thrown 13.1 innings while allowing just seven hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts. His gem vs. Williams Sun., April 27 in Middletown gave Wesleyan a strong sense of satisfaction after falling to the Ephs in a double-header the day before. Now Wesleyan can rest comfortably knowing it defeated all four NESCAC West rivals this season at least once. Tholen went 7.1 inning vs. Williams, yielding just three hits and a lone run in the 4th inning. Thanks to Justin Freres '11 (standing in right field in photo), Wesleyan forged a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning as his single to right brought home Julian Sonnenfeld '11, who singled, and Chris Simpson '08, who walked. Freres also scored in the 4th to make it a 3-1 game as he led off the frame with a hit, followed by singles from Brice Kelly '10 and Joe Giaimo '11 to load the bases. Tim Trucellito '08, with a rare start behind the plate after spending most of his Wesleyan career on the mound, lofted a sacrifice fly to right to score Freres. Wesleyan added a fourth run in the 7th inning on back-to-back doubles by Garrett Lamborn '09 and Simpson. When Tholen ran into a little diffculty in the 8th inning, Dusty Mones '09 came in to retire the Ephs without damage and put them down 1-2-3 in the 9th for his first career save. Wesleyan had to wait a day to get its game in against Westfield St. due to inclement weather. Playing Wed., April 30, the Owls captured the game by a 17-4 score. Three Cardinals - Lamborn, Giaimo and Truncellito - all had a pair of hits but it wasn't enough to counter the 17-hit attack of Westfield St., the top seed in the upcoming MASCAC tournament. The season neared its end Sat., May 3 with a visit from Trinity for a double-header in the final home games of the year. The Cardinals had the final crack at spoiling a perfect regular-season for the Bantams who stood 32-0 on the year, and will host the NESCAC tournament as the top seed in the East. The Bantams, ranked second nationally in Division III, spotted Wesleyan a first-inning run in each game but came on like gangbusters after that to seize wins by a 14-1 and 11-1 count. The season wraps up Sun., May 4 with a make-up game at Hamilton.