Wesleyan Takes Two from Albright to Start Swing Through Arizona, Then Drops Matchups with Macalester & UW-La Crosse

Rapping out 24 hits as 11 of 12 players who had a plate appearance in the double-header had at least one safety, Wesleyan came away with a pair of seven-inning victories over Albright to inaugurate its visit to Arizona, winning 8-1 in the opener and 15-5 in the nightcap Sun., March 11.  Wesleyan then took on Macalester in a single game Mon., March 12, falling 15-4.

Mike Barsotti '12 (photo upper left) tossed a sparking six-hit shutout through six innings while sriking out nine and walking none to take the win in the first game.  His performance was the key to Wesleyan's 1.93 team ERA over the first two games with 17 strikeouts and just two walks over 14 innings.  Both Chris Bonti '13 (photo lower left) and Donnie Cimino '15 (photo lower right) picked up a pair of hits and two RBI in the contest.  Cimino finished the double-header with a .714 batting average, going 5-for-7 with four runs scored.  Bonti fashioned a .571 average with a 4-for-7 day, also scoring four runs.  David Skura '12 (photo upper right) smacked a solo home run in the game.

Bonti got things started for the Cardinals during an 11-hit, 12-run 6th inning in the second game that erased a 5-3 deficit and gave the team a 10-run cushion.  He blasted a round-tripper and it ignited the squad to send 16 men to the plate.  Two innings earlier, Skura launched his second homer of the day as he scored four times in the twin-bill.  Kyle Weiss '12 went 2-for-2 in the frame and drove in three runs as he was one of three players to hit a double.  Both Joe Giaimo '11 and Andrew Yin '15 knocked in two runs with their two-baggers.  Bonti also had a single to make him 2-for-2 during the outburst.

Wesleyan hit .381 over the two games and played errorless ball in the first game.  The Cardinals were guilty of six miscues in the nightcap and will look to remedy that situation as the trip continues.  Unfortunately for the Cards, the game with Macalester proved to be a bit of a disaster as a combination of six Wesleyan pitchers resulted in 13 hit batters, nine walks and nine hits for Macalester.  The score was tied, 3-3, heading into the 4th inning when Macalester picked up seven runs with just two hits, aided by three hit batters and three walks.  Joe Giaimo '11 had two of Wesleyan's five hits in the contest.

Up next for the squad was a game with Wisconsin-La Crosse Tues., March 13.  The Cardinals collected 10 hits, three of them by Alex Meadow '12, but could not push across a run as the team stranded eight runners.  La Crosse got 12 hits and made the most of them, scoring 11 runs to capture the 11-0, seven-inning outing.  Wesleyan will be back o the diamond Thurs., March 15, facing Wisconsin-Stout in a double-header.