Softball Opens 3-Game Series vs. Amherst with 3-0 Win, Thanks to Dana Levy '12 & Laura Getchell '14 but Falls in DH

Dana Levy '12 (#10, photo insert left side) sent a towering drive over the left field fence with two out in the 5th, scoring Allee Beatty '13 in front of her, as Wesleyan went on for a 3-0 NESCAC/Little Three win over Amherst Fri., April 8, in the first game of a three-game weekend series.  The teams concluded their competition in a double-header in Amherst Sat., April 9.  Amherst took both games by scores of 11-6 and 4-3.

The opening game was a pitcher's duel between Wesleyan's Laura Getchell '14 (#7, main photo) and Amherst's Theresa Kelley through 4 1/2 innings.  Each had a shutout going, Getchell on four hits and Kelley on three.  After two groundouts to start the bottom of the 5th, Beatty bunted for a single, beating a throw from Kelley to first base.  Levy then pounded her team-leading third homer of the season to put Wesleyan up, 2-0, while improving her seasonal RBI total to 16.  A double to left field by Chrissy Bello '12, followed by a dropped pop by Amherst allowed a third unearned run to score.

Amherst got a runner to third base twice in the contest, including the 7th inning as well as the 1st.  A good diving stop by second baseman Sam Epstein '12 on a sharp grounder with two outs in the 1st and throw to first base retired the side.  In the 7th, a runner reached second base due to a throwing error, and went to third on a wild pitch with one out.  But Getchell got a pair of ground outs to quell the threat and preserve her second straight NESCAC West shutout as she tossed a sparkling four-hitter in an 8-0, five-inning win over Middlebury in her last start April 3.

Wesleyan got runners to second and third with one out in the bottom of the 1st when senior Talia Bernstein hit a double into the right-centerfield gap with Bello on board, courtesy of a walk.  Kelley kept Wesleyan off the board by getting Alexis Kral '12 to fly out to right.  Bernstein joined Levy with a two-hit game for Wesleyan.

During the double-header, Wesleyan got three hits apiece from Beatty and Kral to lead the way as the Cardinals collected 16 safeties on the day.  Every starting batter had at least one hit on the afternoon.  But untimely mistakes in the field led to eight unearned Lord Jeffs run in the first game, seven of them in the 3rd inning as Amherst built a 10-3 lead.  Levy started the game in the circle but was not involved in the decision.  Caitlyn Grudzinski '13 took the loss, despite not allowing an earned run.  Gethell tossed the final three innings, also going without yielding an earned run.

Getchell was touched for her first earned run vs. Amherst in the second game after 10 innings of nearly spotless hurling.  Coming into the game with runners at first and third with two outs in the 6th, Getchell did allow a hit as Amherst evened the score at 3-3, and got two hits in the 7th to bring in the winning run.  Wesleyan forged a 3-2 lead in the top of the 6th with a pair of runs, overcoming a 2-1 deficit.  Amy Lindland '14 scored the tying run after reaching on an error and eventually scoring on a Levy hit.  Levy was chased home on Bello's double.  Doubles by Levy and Bernstein in the 3rd had tied the game at 1-1.

Getchell leads the pitching corps with a 2.70 ERA and a .240 opponent batting average.  Bernstein (.426) and Bello (.406) lead the squad at the plate with their .400-plus averages.

Next up for the squad is a pivotal three-game NESCAC West/Little Three series at home with Williams starting Fri., April 15.  The opening single game is slated for a delayed-basis webcast and can be watched beginning 1-1/2 hours after the game starts by clicking < here >.

(Photos courtesy of Ron Bernstein P'11)