Julian Sonnenfeld '11, Selected District I Academic All-American, Smacks Two Doubles and Drives in Winner as Baseball Bests Westfield St., 6-5
Julian Sonnenfeld '11 (#12, photo lower right) blasted his second double of the contest and team-leading 15th of the season with two outs in the 5th inning to drive in Kyle Weiss '12 with the game-winning run, then scored what proved to be the deciding run as the Cardinals defeated visiting Westfield St., 6-5, Tues., May 3. Wesleyan was to be back in action Wed., May 4, hosting Tufts before closing out the season at Trinity Sat, May 7 in a double-header. The game vs. Tufts was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up. Thus, the campaign concludes at Trinity. The contests should be webcast via audio-only by Trinity and can be heard by clicking < here >.
Sonnenfeld also was named a CoSIDA/Capiitol One District I first-team Academic All-American for the third year in a row and will be on the national ballot for additional honors. A year ago, he was chosen as a third-team National Academic All-American.
With the score even at 4-4 in the bottom of the 5th, Weiss led off with a walk, advanced to second on a groundout and stole third before Sonnenfeld unloaded a deep drive to left center to put Wesleyan ahead for good, 5-4. Moving to third on another groundout, Sonnenfeld scored the sixth Cardinal run when Joe Giaimo '11 (#9, photo upper right) sent a ground single through the right side. Sonnenfeld was the only Wesleyan player with two hits in the contest as he hit a ground-rule double to left during the Cardinals' four-run outburst in the 1st inning. Those runs came quickly as Weiss led off with a walk and scored on a home run to left by Alex Meadow '12 (#7, photo lower left), his third of the season. Sonnenfeld doubled and eventually scored on a ground ball to first base by Giaimo. The throw home on the play, attempting to catch Sonnenfeld, was late and low, allowing Giaimo to advance to second base. One out later, Sam Gruppo '14 launched a double to left to make it 4-0 before the side was retired.
Westfield picked up a pair in both the second and third innings to tie the game, getting to Wesleyan starter Chris Law '14 (#16, photo upper left) for six hits during the two frames. Law went seven innings for the Cardinals to pick up his first career win, allowing 11 hits and four runs with a walk and five strikeouts. Giaimo, who played the opening seven innings in center field, threw the final two innings to record his third save of the year. He retired six of the seven batters he faced. After allowing a leadoff homer in the 9th, Giaimo got the next three Owls on a popup, a strikeout and a game-ending groundout to shortstop.
Sonnenfeld was the only Cardinal to have multiple hits in the contest as Westfield owned a 12-8 edge in the department. Sonnenfeld raised his career doubles to 59, having broken the record at Wesleyan the opening week of the season. He has 179 safeties over his four years, second all-time and 10 shy of the Wesleyan career record.
Wesleyan posted its fifth victory over Westfield in 13 all-time meetings, dating back to the first encounter in 1996.