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Wesleyan Splits Twin Bill at Middlebury as Drew Dominguez '09 Launches a Home Run in Each Game

Drew Dominguez '09 and Jon Sargent '09

Drew Dominguez '09 (#2, main photo by Tyler Chapin '09) sent one out of the park in both games of Wesleyan's double-header at Middlebury in NESCAC West action Sun., April 5, knocking in five runs. He helped the Cardinals capture the opening game, 9-5, but the Panthers came back in the nightcap to take a 13-5 decision.

Dominguez was almost unstoppable on the afternoon, going 6-for-9 in the two games (.667) with a 1.556 slugging percentage. In addition to his two homers, he also had two doubles. His two-run shot in the 5th inning of the opener knotted the score at 4-4 and Derek Dettorre '11 added an RBI single to give Wesleyan the lead for good. Dettorre finished the game with two hits as did Jeff Bizinkauskas '10, who drove in a run in the 2nd. Wesleyan padded the lead with four runs in the top of the 7th, courtesy of Garrett Lamborn's '09 RBI single, a wild pitch that produced a run, and a two-run single by Kyle Weiss '12. 

On the mound, Dusty Mones '09 posted his second straight complete-game victory, scattering seven hits and logging five Ks, all in the last three innings. The three runs Middlebury scored in the 1st inning came as a result of three Wesleyan miscues, so only two runs allowed by Mones were earned.

Things did not quite as well for Wesleyan in game two as the score stood 6-4 for the home team before a seven-hit, seven-run eruption in the 5th spotted the host a 13-4 lead. Dominguez had driven in three with his round-tripper in the 4th, part of a four-run rally. But that was nearly the end of the scoring for the Cardinals on the day. Only a Julian Sonnenfeld '11 double in the 9th to bring home Dominguez, who had doubled, produced a Wesleyan run over the final five innings. Weiss closed out the game with three hits, making him 4-for-7 during the double-header.

Wesleyan and Middlebury still have a game to make up at some point later in the season should the game be needed to decide which team qualifies for the NESCAC tournament.

On Wed., April 8, Wesleyan ventured to Elms for a night game and wrapped up a 7-1 win. Jon Sargent '09 (#34, photo insert upper right) entered the game in the 5th with the game tied at 1-1 and tossed five perfect innings of relief for the win. He did not even allow a ball out of the infield as he picked up six strikeouts, seven groundouts, a pop out to third and a liner to second. Brice Kelly '10 put the Cards ahead in the 6th with an RBI double and Jon Sheehan '11 triggered a four-run burst in the 7th with a two-run single. He also added an RBI single in the 9th. Dominguez had a pair of safeties in the game as well.

On Fri., April 10, Wesleyan began a three-game home NESCAC West series with Hamilton, dropping a 3-1 decision. Mike Barsotti '12 had a great game going on the mound through six innings, yielding just one hit and no runs. At one point he retired 14 straight Continental batters. But Hamilton connected for four of its six hits in the game in the 7th inning to chase home three runs, erasing a 1-0 deficit. Two Continental pitchers limited the Cardinals to a mere three hits, one an RBI double by Nick Gonsalves '10 in the 4th inning.

The teams were to finish up their series with a double-header Sat., April 11 but the action has been postponed to Sun., April 12 due to rain.