With Drew Dominguez '09 (#2, standing at third base in photo) posting both pitching victories to earned NESCAC Pitcher of the Week honors, and Derek Dettorre '11 (#1, swinging the bat in photo) and Alex Meadow '12 delivering game-winning hits, Wesleyan came through with two dramatic conference victories over Hamilton in a double-header Sun., April 12. Wesleyan now stands 26-5 all-time vs. Hamilton.
The first game went to 11 innings as Hamilton came back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game in the 6th of a contest scheduled for seven innings. After four scoreless extra innings, including an intended suicide-squeeze bunt by Wesleyan in the 10th that turned into a double-play, Wesleyan got the game-winning blow from Dettorre as he lashed a hard single past third base (see photo) to plate Dominguez, who had led off the 11th with a hit. Dettorre finished the game 4-for-6 and was the key to Wesleyan's four-run 3rd inning with a two-run single. Meadow and Jon Sheehan '10 both had fielder's choice grounders that produced runs in the frame. Hamilton, which led 1-0 in the top of the 3rd, made it 4-3 in the 5th, then knotted the score at 4-4 with an infield hit and the bases loaded. Dominguez came into the game in relief of starter Dusty Mones '09 and allowed just two hits over three innings to get the win. He also went 2-for-6 in the game with two runs scored including the winner.
Dominguez then started game two and went the distance for a 10-inning day as game two was slated for seven innings. He yielded only four hits and one run, but that run looked like it might cost him the game as the teams played scoreless baseball through five innings. Hamilton scored first in the 6th but Wesleyan responded with two runs in the bottom of the stanza, one of the runs unearned. Garrett Lamborn '09 led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second. An error on a ground ball allowed Lamborn to score and Brice Kelly '10 to end up at second base. Then Meadow sent a single to left-center to put Wesleyan ahead, 2-1. Dominguez got two quick outs in the top of the 7th before Hamilton got a runner into scoring position with a double. Dominguez got the final out on a grounder to second to end the game and up his seasonal record to 4-1. He also lowered his ERA, which had been 6.27 coming into the double-header, to 4.99.
Wesleyan followed up its wins over Hamilton with a 19-3 victory at Springfield in a non-NESCAC game Wed., April 15. Wesleyan sent 11 men to the plate in the 1st inning to produce an 8-0 margin. Dominguez capped the frame with a grand slam in his second at-bat of the stanza. Dominguez, Julian Sonnenfeld '11, Kelly and Justin Freres '11 combined for 13 hits and 12 RBI to lead a 19-hit Cardinal attack. Brett Yarusi '12 went seven innings on the mound, yielding 10 hits and three runs in earning the win.
The Cardinals began a three-game weekend series at Bates Sat., April 18, dropping a single game, 13-5. A seven-run 3rd inning by the host proved the difference though Wesleyan got off to a good start with a four-run 1st. Dominguez remained hot at the plate with three hits while Kelly joined him with three safeties along with two runs and two RBI. The teams finish up with a double-header Sun., April 19.