Taking advantage of the "big inning" to score 18 of their 26 runs during a sweep of their double-header vs. Pitt-Bradford in Queen Creek, Ariz., Sat., March 6, the Cardinals inaugurated the 2010 campaign in fine fashion.
In the first game, Wesleyan erased an early 5-1 deficit to tie the game, 5-5, then erupted for seven runs in the 5th inning, triggered by a two-run double by Julian Sonnenfeld '11 and a three-run homer by Brice Kelly '10, en route to a 13-7 victory.
David Skura '12 (#33, photo insert lower right) led the Cardinals' 15-hit attack in the nightcap as he hammered a pair of three-run shots and added a double for a three-hit contest. Wesleyan won that game as well, 13-7, by building an 11-1 lead after two innings of play.
Over the two games, Kyle Weiss '12 (#3, photo insert upper right) went 5-for-5 with five runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. As a team, the Cardinals hit a lofty .441 with 30 hits in 68 at-bats.
On the mound, Brett Yarusi '12 (#26, main photo) had a tremendous outing in the nightcap, going 5.1 innings with nine strikeouts and just one earned run and three hits allowed.
The Cardinals were to continue action in the Desert Classic with a double-header against Swarthmore Sun., March 7, but the games were postponed due to rain. Those games have been rescheduled for Wed., March 10. The next scheduled action came up Tues, March 9 with a single game against Presentation.
Wesleyan used a 25-hit attack to pull away from an 11-10 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th, again with a big inning. The Cardinals pushed across seven runs to take an 18-10 lead and closed out the contest with a 20-11 victory. Justin Freres '11 and Derek Dettorre '11 both laced two-run singles to key the frame. Earlier, Sonnenfeld blasted a three-run shot in the 4th, the fifth homer by the Cardinals thus far. Sonnenfeld was one of three Cardinals to collect four hits (4-for-6) in the contest, joined by Mike Barsotti '12 (4-for-4) and Alex Meadow '12 (4-for-7).
Wesleyan is hitting a lofty .482 as a team after three games with 55 hits, 23 of them for extra bases, giving rise to a team .807 slugging percentage. Eleven players have driven in a run through three games led by Sonnenfeld and Dettorre with eight apiece.