Brice Kelly '10 (#13, photo) knocked in four runs during the Cardinals' 14-9 loss to Williams Sat., May 1 as Wesleyan formally dedicated its baseball field as Dresser Diamond. With his effort, Kelly upped his seasonal RBI total to 50, breaking the school mark of 49 set in 1999 by Brett Matthews. Matthews accomplished his feat in 33 games. Kelly got to 50 in 32 contests.
In Wesleyan's regular-season ending double-header against Trinity Sun., May 2, Kelly picked up another five RBI, now making the record 55 as the Cardinals took the first game, 8-0, behind the six-hit shutout pitching of Brett Yarusi '12 (#26, photo insert lower right) before dropping the second game, 18-12. Kelly also is the career RBI leader at Wesleyan with 132 over his four years.
Wesleyan has at least two more games remaining on the schedule in the NESCAC tournament as Wesleyan, the second seed in the West, takes on Tufts, the tournament host and top seed in the East, in a first-round matchup Fri., May 7. Wesleyan will face either Williams or Bowdoin in a second-round game Sat., May 8 in the double-elimination playoffs.
Agains Williams, Kelly ripped a two-run triple to left-center in the middle of a four-run 5th inning for the Cardinals that gave the team a 5-1 lead. Also knocking in a run during the frame was Julian Sonnenfeld with a fielder's choice grounder and Nick Gonsalves '10 with a single up the middle.
Williams wasted no time erasing the deficit as the Ephs rallied for seven runs in the top of the 6th to take an 8-5 lead they would never lose. Wesleyan narrowed the gap to 8-7 on Kelly' bases loaded walk and a wild pitch in the 6th. A four-run 7th for Williams made it 12-7 and each team added a pair for the final score.
Kelly went 2-for-5 in the game while Sonnenfeld was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI. Kyle Weiss '12 also had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Cardinals.
Williams won the 2010 Little Three title with a 5-1 record. Both Wesleyan and Amherst finished 2-4.
In defeating Trinity, Yarusi, with a team-best 7-2 record, scattered six hits and struck out six Bantams. He came up with big outs throughout the contest as he forced Trinity to strand five runners in scoring position. It was the first time Wesleyan shut Trinity out since 1984, covering a span of 54 games.
Leading the offense was Sonnenfeld, who went 3-for-4 while scoring three runs and driving in a pair. He lashed his 23rd double of the season to knock in two runs in the 4th. Sonnenfeld added two more doubles before the day way over. Kelly sparked a three-run outburst on the 1st inning with an RBI single and added a sacrifice fly during the three-run 4th stanza. Joe Giaimo '11 enjoyed a 3-for-4 game as well while Weiss connected for a pair of safeties as the Cardinals amassed 14 hits.
Wesleyan built an 8-0 lead in the second game after three innings and still held a 12-6 advantage heading into the 7th. Trinity scores 12 unanswered runs over the final three innings to pull out a split. Jon Sheehan '11 had three hits in five at-bats for the Cardinals and Kelly added three RBI as his two-run single in the 1st ignited a six-run explosion. But Trinity lashed 12 of its 20 hits in the contest over the final three innings to pile up the runs.
Heading into the NESCAC tournament, Sonnenfeld leads the squad with a resounding .437 average and has 25 doubles, a school record. Kelly is hitting .394 as the team's #2 active hitter with Alex Meadow '12 (.400) sidelined due to injury.