Alex Meadow '12 Drives in Four Runs, Nick Cooney '15 Tosses 4-Hitter as Cards Gain Split with Augsburg Before JHU Claims a Pair
Alex Meadow '12 (#7, photo) drove in four runs with a pair of hits as Wesleyan took the second game if its double-header vs. Augsburg Tues., March 20, 7-1, as the squad reached the two-third mark of its Arizona trip sporting a 4-6 mark. Augsburg had captured the first game of the twin-bill by a 6-3 count. Next up for the team was a double-header Wed., March 21 vs. Johns Hopkins as the originally slated single game was bumped up to two in order to make up a game postponed from March 18. JHU claimed a pair with 11-2 and 7-6 wins.
In addition to Meadow's powerful bat, Wesleyan got an outstanding pitching performance from rookie Nick Cooney '15, who raised his record to 2-0 by tossing a four-hitter, allowing just one run while striking out nine. At the same time, the Cardinals spotted Cooney a 5-0 lead in the first inning, lashing five hits as Meadow and Joe Giaimo '11 both drive in a pair during the frame. When Meadow smacked another two-run single in the 4th inning, Wesleyan had a 7-0 edge. Augsburg got two of its four hits in the 5th inning to break up Cooney's shutout. Wesleyan collected 10 hits in the contest as eight of nine starters had a safety. Meadow and Kyle Weiss '12 had a two-hit game.
In the opener, Donnie Cimino '15 had half the team's hit by going 3-for-3 but a five-run outpouring by Augsburg in the 3rd inning broke a 1-1 tie and carried the Minnesota squad to victory. Mike DeLalio '15 took over on the mound in the 3rd and got the final out, then pitched three shutout innings to complete a solid pitching effort. Wesleyan got a pair of run in the 6th on an RBI groundout by Giaimo and a run-producing single by Dave Skura '12.
Against JHU, the Cardinals went down to the wire in the nine-inning nightcap as each team belted 11 hits. Wesleyan played catch-up throughout the game after JHU took a 3-0 lead after two innings. The Cardinals constantly cut larger margins to a single run, including the top of the 9th when Wesleyan narrowed the margin to 7-6 on a Skura RBI double and had two men on when the final out was recorded. In total, Wesleyan stranded 12 runners in the game. Andrew Yin '15, Cimino and Meadow all had two hits with Yin driving in a pair, one in the 5th and one in the 6th. In the opener, Hopkins led 7-0 after three innings and never looked back, outhitting Wesleyan 9-5 while also taking advantage of six walks. Giaimo had two of the team's five hits and drove in a run.
Action continues in Arizona Fri., March 23 when the Cardinals face Midland Lutheran and William Paterson in single games.