During Wesleyan's second-straight contest against a nationally top-25 ranked squad, Julian Sonnenfeld '11 (photo) connected for a pair of hits, incuding a two-run homer, to up his career hit total to 174, tying him for second all-time at Wesleyan. His bomb to right-center also plated Noah Feingold '12, who had two hits in the contest as well, and was followed by a Justin Freres '11 home run. Wesleyan cut the Warriors lead to 4-3 in the top of the 3rd inning, but a six-run outburst by the home squad, ranked 5th nationally, pushed the margin to 10-3 and Eastern hung on for an 11-7 victory.
Sonnenfeld and Freres were integral in a three-run Cardinal rally in the 7th as Sonnenfeld knocked in a run with a single while Freres plated a run with a groundout. Alex Meadow '12 also had an RBI hit in the frame. Wesleyan equaled Eastern with 10 hits a side, but the two home runs hit by the Warriors brought in six runs while the two Cardinal round-trippers accounted for three runs.
Wesleyan got some strong relief pitching from a pair of newcomers as Jeff Blout '14 gave up just one hit and one run during his 3.1 innings of work and Mike Migiel-Schwartz '14 went 2.0 inning without giving up a hit or a run.
The Cardinals have a pinnacle three-game NESCAC West series coming up with Amherst starting at home Fri., April 29 in a game slated for a webcast and LiveStats. The links for both transmissions can be accessed by clicking < here >.
Wesleyan must win Friday and sweep the Lord Jeffs in a double-header at Amherst Sat., April 30 in order to secure a spot in the NESCAC tournament for the third year in a row. It also will give Wesleyan the 2011 Little Three title. Should the Cardinals go 3-0 vs. Amherst, Wesleyan will be the top seed in the NESCAC West and serve as host for the NESCAC playoffs. Amherst needs to win just one of the three games to claim the two rewards - NESCAC tournament host and Little Three champ.