Talia Bernstein '11 was NESCAC and NEISCA Player of the Week after Hitting .550 over Final Six Softball Games in Florida
Dana Levy '12 (photo insert upper left) was the do-it-all player for the Cardinals in a 10-1, 6-inning victory over Bethany in Florida Wed., March 16. She scattered nine hits over six inning to yield just one run and smacked a three-run homer in the 1st inning and a game-ending two-run double in the 6th, giving her five RBI during the contest. Amy Lindland '14 and Tori Redding '14 also picked up two hits in the contest while Talia Bernstein '11 (main photo) cracked a two-run single to trigger a three-run uprising in the 5th inning. Hitting .550 over the team's final six games in Florida, along with seven runs scored and six RBI, Bernstein was named NESCAC Player of the Week March 21 as well as New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) Player of the Week March 23.
In the day's second game March 16, a solid 6-1 win over New England College, Wesleyan again got off to a good start with three hits and two runs in the 1st inning. Chrissy Bello '12 knocked in the first run with a double while Bernstein extended her hitting streak to all 11 games thus far with an RBI single. Levy also had a double in the frame, her third extra-base hit of the day.
Redding had a big two-run triple in the 6th, complemented by another RBI from Bello on a single to give the Cardinals a five-run cushion. Pitcher Caitlyn Grudzinski '13 breezed through six innings, allowing only four hits and one run with four strikeouts. Laura Getchell '14 came in to toss the 7th inning, and recorded a pair of strikeouts and a come-backer to put the game away.
Wesleyan completed its Florida excursion with a pair of games Thurs., March 17, taking on WNEC and Transylvania to cap the trip. The game with WNEC came down to the wire with the Golden Bears holding on for a 7-6 victory. A two-run double by Bello and an RBI double by Bernstein spotted Wesleyan a 4-1 lead in the top of the 3rd. WNEC rallied for five runs in the bottom of the 3rd to take a 6-4 edge. Wesleyan narrowed the gap to 6-5 when Levy drove in a run with a triple in the 5th, her fourth extra-base hit during a three-game stretch. Wesleyan went into the 7th down, 7-5, but Sam Epstein '12 pounded a two-out double to bring home Bernstein, who had reached on a fielder's choice. The Cardinals could not produce the tying run, however.
Against Transylvania, it looked a lot like a pair of Wesleyan's early game during the trip as the Cardinals twice came from eight runs behind for a win. A nine-run outburst by the Pioneers in the top of the 3rd made it a 10-2 Transylvania lead. The Cardinals got as close as 11-7 following two runs in the 5th, thanks to RBI singles by Matti Peters '13 and Redding, and three runs in the 6th, with Bello's two-run double and another Peters RBI swat doing the honors. But Transylvania added four runs in the top of the 7th to pad its margin en route to a 15-7 triumph.
Bernstein had five hits over the final two games, extending her hitting streak to all 13 Florida contests and giving her a team-leading .489 average. Bello and Allee Beatty are both hitting .452, helping Wesleyan sport a .349 team batting mark.
The Cardinals planned to open the northern schedule Sat., March 26, with a visit to Bates for a double-header in a non-conference NESCAC matchup. Unfortunately poor field conditkons in New England forced the games to be tentatively reschedule for Sun., April 17. As a result, the Cardinals began northern activity at home Wed., March 30 by taking on Eastern Connecticut in a twin bill. Details on those games can be seen by clicking < here >.
(photos by Ron Bernstein P'11)