Chris Simpson '08 Sets Home Run Record, Drew Dominguez '09 Eclipses Hit Mark in Finale
Heading all the way back to Hamilton Sun., May 4 to make up a game postponed from April 11 and complete the NESCAC West schedule, the Cardinals got to end the season on a positive note with a 12-6 win. The triumph gave the squad a 6-6 league record. Carrying a tenuous 7-5 lead into the 9th inning, Wesleyan erupted for five runs to give itself a 12-5 cushion. Both Drew Dominguez '09 (left in photo) and Chris Simpson '08 (right in photo) took full advantage of their last seasonal at-bat as a single by Dominguez gave him his fourth hit of the game and 56th of the season. That broke the seasonal record set by Dave Bushnell in 2002 when he collected 55 hits. Both played in 37 games while Dominguez had 12 more at-bats than Bushnell. Simpson smacked a three-run homer on the first pitch delivered by a new Hamilton pitcher to highlight the inning, giving him his ninth round-tripper of the year. He had been tied with three other Cardinals for the seasonal mark, the last one Alexander Brooks in 2004, but now the record belongs to Simpson alone. He also collected his 100th hit in the contest to become the 38th Wesleyan player to crack the century mark. He finished his career with 101. Dominguez, with another season to go, sits in 22nd place with 114 safeties. He has the fourth highest hit total by any Cardinal baseball player after three years of action. Against Hamilton, Wesleyan collected 10 stolen bases, four of them by Dominguez, who also added a second-team all-NESCAC honor to his season credentials after a vote of the conference coaches.