Jimmy Hill '14 Shuts Out Williams in 2nd Game of Double-Header to Give Baseball a NESCAC West Split - Rubber Game Goes to Williams, 4-3

Wesleyan and Williams each used strong starting pitching and timely hitting in a double-header split Sat., April 9, with Williams taking the first game, 8-1, and Wesleyan winning the second, 8-0. Williams now stands 14-6 overall and 1-4 in NESCAC West play, while Wesleyan sits 13-11 and 3-2 in divisional action.   The teams took to the field again Sunday at Williams in the rubber game.  Wesleyan held a 3-0 lead into the 7th inning, but the Ephs scored four times in that frame and held on for a 4-3 win to capture the season series.

In the nightcap of the home double-header, Jimmy Hill '14 (#15, main photo) went the distance in just his second career start, allowing 10 hits but pitching out of a number of jams to preserve his shutout. Williams stranded eight runners and had another thrown out at the plate. Hill now stands 4-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.26 with the victory; he has not allowed a run in 15 innings as a starter and has gone 24.2 innings without yielding an earned run. 

Wesleyan scratched out a run in the 3rd and added four more in the 4th for a commanding lead. In the 3rd, Joe Giaimo '11 (#9, photo insert upper left) laced a one-out single to left, and Chris Bonti '13 followed with a walk. A double steal moved both runners into scoring position, and Giaimo scored on a grounder by Kyle Weiss '12 (#3, photo insert lower left). Jon Sheehan '11 led off the following inning with a single and advanced to second when Derek Dettorre '11 was hit by a pitch. After a popup, the Cardinals executed another double steal, and a single by Justin Freres '11 plated Sheehan. Dettorre scored on a sacrifice fly by Giaimo to make it 3-0, and a single by Bonti put two on with two out. Weiss brought home both runners with a double to right-center.

Wesleyan added three more runs in the 5th for the final score. Julian Sonnenfeld '11 led off the inning with a double and scored on a single by Sheehan. After an infield single by Dettorre, both runners advanced on a passed ball and scored on a single by Giaimo. Thus, Weiss and Giaimo each drove in three runs to lead the Cardinal offense.

The shutout was Wesleyan's first against Williams--and the first in the series--since April 13, 2003, when Wesleyan swept a doubleheader by scores of 1-0 and 7-0. This was the first time in six years the Cards have gained at least a split in a double-header vs. Williams as the Ephs had swept the previous five twin-bills between the teams.

In the day's opening action, Williams roleld out to a 7-0 lead by the end of the 4th inning.  Wesleyan's lone run came on a suicide squeeze in the 6th.  Alex Meadow '12 ended up on second to start the inning after a dropped fly ball, then advanced to third on a groundout and scored when Sheehan laid down a bunt along the third-base line. The Cardinals were held to two hits in the contest.

Mike Barsotti absorbed the loss for Wesleyan, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 5.2 innings of work as he fell to 2-3 on the year.

At Williams, Brett Yarusi '12 was in complete control through six innings as he was throwing a sterling one-hitter.  At the plate, the Cardinals took the lead on Dettorre's single in the 3rd inning, scoring Alex Meadow '12, who had singled.  Giaimo kept his hot hand by smacking a two-run double in the 6th, plating Sam Gruppo '14, who singled, and Dettorre, who walked. 

Things unraveled for the Cardinals in the 7th as Williams combined four hits with one costly Wesleyan error and a few fielding choices by the Cardinals which did not prove helpful, allowing Williams to take the lead.  Wesleyan got the tying run to second base in the 8th but could not produce a run.  Meadow got his second hit of the game, joining Dettorre with a pair, in the 9th but was stranded, the ninth Cardinals left on base.

Yarusi went the distance on the mound, giving up just six hits and one earned run in eight innings with one walk and five strikeouts.

Wesleyan will be at home for its next game Tues., April 12, against Albertus Magnus.  LiveStats are available by clicking < here >.