On Sat., May 2, two important pieces of the puzzle fell into place for the Cardinals' NESCAC playoff chances. Wesleyan downed Middlebury, 9-6, and Hamilton took care of Amherst, 9-3. The final piece necessary was for Williams to handle the Lord Jeffs on Sun., May 3, and the Ephs did just that. Winning by an 8-5 score in the 150th anniversary game of their long rivalry, Williams sent Amherst packing and not only forced a three-way tie for the Little Three title but pushed Wesleyan up to the number-two seed from the NESCAC West for the upcoming conference playoffs. Wesleyan will face NESCAC East champion Trinity in a first-round game Fri., May 8 in the Williamstown, Mass., area while host Williams takes on Tufts. It is a double-elimination tournament which continues on Sat. and Sun., May 9-10.
Coincidentally, Wesleyan and Trinity closed out their regular seasons against each other in a double-header in Hartford Sun., May 3. Trinity captured the first game, 9-5, while Wesleyan came back to take the nightcap, 7-6.
After moving into second place on the all-time Wesleyan career hits list with a pair of safeties vs. Middlebury May 2, giving him 169 over his four years, Drew Dominguez '09 (photo) added four more hits in the twin-bill at Trinity to give him 59 on the year, breaking his own seasonal Wesleyan record of 56 set last season. He went 3-for-5 in the Cardinal victory which went to pitcher Mike Barsotti '12 with a little help from Brett Yarusi '12. Yarusi, who got the win in relief the day before at Middlebury, logged the final three outs as the fourth Cardinal pitcher of the game to get his first career save. Barsotti tossed the opening five innings, allowing two runs.
Wesleyan used a five-run 5th inning to assume a 6-1 lead as Brice Kelly '10 had a vital two-run single during the rally. He had two hits in the contest as did Nick Gonsalves '10. Alex Meadow '12, like Dominguez, had three hits and scored three runs.
In the opener, Trinity pulled away from a tight 4-2 lead in the 7th with five runs, four of them unearned off starter Jon Sargent '09. Barsotti threw a solid last inning with two strikeouts, then continued into the second game. At the plate, Jeff Bizinkauskas '10 led the way with three hits and was part of the team's three-run rally in the 9th that fell short with an RBI single. Dominguez had an RBI double during the frame.