Alex Meadow '12 (#7, main photo) connected for a 1st-inning two-run home run to left field and finished the game with four RBI, joined by Julian Sonnenfeld '11 (#12, photo insert lower left) as the Cardinals recovered from a 12-4 setback in the opener to gain a split with Hamilton Sat., April 2, 14-5, in the nightcap. Wesleyan and Hamilton will compete their three-game conference series Sun, April 3, starting at noon. The game will feature both a webcast (click here to watch) and LiveStats (click here to watch).
Wesleyan trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the 4th in the second game before Meadow picked up RBI #3 and #4 with a single to left field, bringing in Jon Sheehan '11, who doubled, and Kyle Weiss '12, who walked. Sonnenfeld, who also walked, then scored the go-ahead run as he scampered home from third base on an errant pickoff attempt to first base by Hamilton. The lead grew to 7-4 in the 5th on an RBI groundout by Weiss and a run-scoring Sonnenfeld single. The Cardinals scored in five straight innings with a run in the 6th on Derek Dettorre's single (he finished the game with three hits), four in the 7th with Sonnenfeld's two-run triple the big blow, and two more in the 8th thanks to a Sonnenfeld sacrifice fly and an RBI triple by Joe Giaimo '11. Giaimo finished the game with two innings of relief pitching, spelling starter Mike Barsotti '12, who allowed six hits and four runs with six strikeouts. Giaimo yielded just one hit and an unearned run.
In the first game, Wesleyan led 2-0 after two innings but the teams went into the 6th inning knotted 2-2 in the seven-inning affair. Hamilton erupted for seven hits and nine runs off three Cardinals hurlers in the 6th to run away with the win. Sonnenfeld went 3-for-3 in the game while Dettorre had a pair of hits as Wesleyan gathered 10 safeties. Dettorre scored twice and drove in a run while Sonnenfeld had an RBI. In the double-header, Wesleyan hit a brisk .352, just about even with its seasonal average of .353.
Wesleyan is 30-5 all-time vs. Hamilton and has never lost a season series vs. the Continentals in the 10 previous years of NESCAC West play.