Scoring more runs than ever before in the 35 previous baseball meetings between Wesleyan and Hamilton and posting the largest margin of victory, Wesleyan took the rubber match of the three-game NESCAC West series Sun., April 3, with a resounding 24-0 victory.
Collecting 24 hits in the contest, Wesleyan got at least one hit, one run and one RBI from every starter, led by Joe Giaimo '11, who went 5-for-6 with four doubles, five RBI and one run. Julian Sonnenfeld '11 (#12, right side photo), Stefan Sundseth '13 and Justin Freres '11 all added three RBI with multiple-hit games. Sonnenfeld was named NESCAC Player of the Week after amassing a .667 batting average (8-for-12) with eight RBI, four runs and three extra-base hits over the three game series with Hamilton.
Wesleyan also got six innings of shutout pitching from Jimmy Hill '14 (#16, photo left side), making his first career start in his seventh appearance. He allowed just three hits and one walk with five strikeouts in lowering his seasonal ERA to team-best 1.83 in 19.1 innings of work.
Wesleyan grabbed a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning with Giaimo, Chris Bonti '13, Kyle Weiss '12 and Alex Meadow '12 all driving in a run. The Cardinals scored in five of the final seven innings, and always with at least four runs in a frame. A Sonnenfeld two-run double, his 11th two-bagger of the year, highlighted a five-run 4th inning, along with a Freres double that also plated two runs. Six Cardinal hits in the 5th, combined with a pair of Continental errors, contributed to a six-run stanza with no Cardinal getting more than one RBI during the inning. Wesleyan added four runs on five hits in the 6th and five runs on four hits in the 7th.
Three Wesleyan relievers - Glenn Stowell '13, Jeff Blout '14 and Bonti - each threw one inning to close out the game and combined for seven strikeouts while allowing four hits.
Prior to this contest, the most runs scored by either team in a game against the other had been 22, done by Wesleyan during a 22-6 win in 1932. The greatest margin of victory was 20, coming in a 20-0 Wesleyan win in 2005.
Wesleyan took on Elms College Wed., April 6 in its next game, a day later than originally scheduled due to bad weather. Surprisingly, Wesleyan was held to eight hits and three runs by a team the Cardinals had scored no less than seven runs against and beaten by no less than five runs in their previous four meetings. As a result, despite a two-run rally in the top of the 9th to tie the score at 3-3, the Cardinals fell by a 4-3 count as the Blazers plated the winning run with no outs in the bottom of the 9th behind a leadoff double, a bunt single and a ground ball to the right side to plate the winner.
Weiss picked up a pair of hits and scored two of the Cardinals' three runs while relief pitcher Mike Migiel-Schwartz '14 tossed three shutout innings, allowing just two hits. Starter Chase Levi '14 yielded five hits and two earned runs in five innings of work. Neither was involved in the decision.
Wesleyan stranded 14 runners in the contest, nine of them in scoring position as the Cardinals left the bases loaded twice, including the top of the 9th.
The Cardinals are back in action Sat., April 9 with a pivotal NESCAC/Little Three double-header vs. Williams. Both games will have LiveStats and can be viewed by clicking < here >.