Trailing 6-2 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning, Wesleyan scored a run in the 5th, added three in the 6th to knot the score at 6-6, then went ahead for the first time in the game, 7-6, in the 7th of its game vs. Middlebury Fri., April 2. With pitcher Mike Barsotti '12 (#22, photo insert upper left) collecting a career-high 16 strikeouts in going the distance in the mound, Wesleyan held on for the one-run NESCAC West victory.
Wesleyan and Middlebury completed their three-game NESCAC West series with a double-header in Middletown Sat., April 3. The teams split the contests as Wesleyan used a six-run 4th inning in game one en route to a 10-2 win while the Panthers pulled away in the second game for a 7-2 decision.
Kyle Weiss '12 (#3, photo insert upper right) drove in the winning run for Wesleyan Friday with a single up the middle with two outs in the 7th. Jeff Bizinkauskas '10 had walked and stolen second to get into scoring position before Weiss delivered his second hit of the contest as he extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Middlebury built a 5-0 lead in the 3rd, leaving the Cardinals a good sized hole from which to climb. Wesleyan cut it to 5-2 in the bottom of the frame as Weiss scored on an error after starting the inning with a hit and moving to second on a passed ball. Joe Giaimo '11 added an RBI single before the Cards left the bases loaded for the second time in the opening three stanzas.
A solo Panther home run put the visitors ahead 6-2 in the 4th. The Cardinals got that run back in the 5th when Julian Sonnenfeld '11 (#12, main photo) stroked his 15th double of the season and scored on recent NESCAC Player of the Week Brice Kelly's '10 single. Wesleyan evened the count in the 6th with Alex Meadow '12 driving in a pair with a double to right and scoring on a Derek Dettorre '11 safety with two outs.
Barsotti, with his third complete game of the season in five starts, struck out at least two batters in six of the nine innings he pitched including the last out of the game with runners at second and third due to a Wesleyan throwing error. Barsotti, now 3-2 on the season, gave up 10 hits and three earned runs with two walks along with his 16 Ks.
Weiss again was the offensive catalyst in the Wesleyan win Saturday as he went 3-for 4 with three RBI and a pair of runs. He had a run-scoring double and also scored during the six-run uprising as the Cardinals laced eight of their 13 safeties during the 4th frame. Giaimo had a pair of singles in the inning.
On the hill, Brett Yarusi '12 tossed a sparkling six-hitter with six strikeouts in going the distance for the victory.
In the nightcap, Middlebury stroked three homers, including an inside-the-park job, to keep Wesleyan off balance. Jon Sheehan '11 was the only Cardinal with multiple hits in the contest, connecting for a pair with an RBI. Weiss saw his hitting streak halted at 10 as he was held without a hit for only the third time in Wesleyan's 21 games thus far. Derek Lukin '13 pitched eight innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs.
Wesleyan moved out-of-conference for its next outing, hosting Elms Tues., April 6. The Cards clouted 24 hits, 11 of them in a 10-run 2nd inning, en route to a 15-10 victory. Sonnenfeld and Giaimo each connected for four hits as every member of the starting lineup had at least two hits. Giaimo and Sonnenfeld both had three RBI, all of Sonnenfeld's coming in the 2nd as he hit two of this three doubles in the contest during the frame. Now with 18 two-baggers on the season, he has broken the Wesleyan record of 17 set by Bill Robinson in 2001 in 32 games. Wesleyan has 15 regular-season game remaining.
Wesleyan got effective pitching from Glenn Stowell '13, who went 3.2 innings, allowing just two hits and a run as he picked up his first win. Giaimo, who began the game at first base, took over the mound for the final five outs, working out of a bases-loaded jam with no damage and posted a save.
The Cardinals resume league play Fri., April 9, heading to Hamilton for the first of a three-game weekend series.