Baseball Ends Arizona Trip on a Tear with 3 High-Scoring Wins to Go 7-8 During the Excursion - Donnie Cimino '15 Named NESCAC POTW

Avenging an earlier 6-2 loss to William Paterson by pulling away in the bottom of the 4th with a three-run rally and going on for a 15-7 victory, Wesleyan wrapped up a two-win day Fri., March 23 as the Cardinals opened the activity with a 16-5 conquering of Midland Lutheran in a game called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule.  The Cardinals put the finishing touches on the trip Sat., March 24 by taking on Thomas in a single game and coming away with a convincing 19-3 triumph, giving them a 7-8 mark over the Western swing.  Donnie Cimino '15 (#11, photo), who hit .571 with 11 RBI over the final three games and .517 during the week, was chosen NESCAC Player of rhe Week for his effort.

Against Paterson, Wesleyan trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the 4th but tied the game when Steve Moran '14 doubled home David Skura '12, who led off with a single.  Kyle Weiss '12 then traded places with Moran as he laced his own double to put the Cardinals ahead for good, 6-5.  Weiss went on to score on Cimino's sacrifice fly for a 7-5 lead.  When Wesleyan tacked on three more runs in the 5th, as Skura and Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 had back-to-back RBI doubles after Alex Meadow '12 had driven in the eighth Cardinal run with a single, the Redbirds enjoyed a 10-5 margin.  Cimino then highlighted a three-run 7th with a two-run single, bringing his seaosnal average to a team-best .417 as he also ranked second behind Joe Giaimo '11 in RBI with 13.  Giaimo has 17.  Wesleyan's final run of the game came on a double by Andrew Yin '15 as six of the squad's 16 hits were two-baggers.  Every starter had at least one hit while seven of them had two safeties.

Yin was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI in the victory over Midland.  Also with four hits was Weiss as he scored four times and knocked in a pair.  A seven-run eruption in the 4th inning padded the Cardinals' 4-1 lead at the time, turing it into an 11-1 rout.  The lead grew to 15-1 in the top of the 6th.  Cimino went 2-for-3 with four RBI.  The Cardinals had two triple and three doubles among their 17 hits.

Wesleyan got effective starting pitching in both games as Chris Law '14 went the distance vs. Midland, allowing four earned runs while striking out four.  Chase Levi '14 went five innings against Paterson, yielding just two earned runs in running his record to 2-0 on the year.  Sam Elias '15 tossed three innings of relief, giving up a lone hit and no runs.

Ending with Thomas, the Cardinals scored early and often, pulling out to a 13-0 lead after three innings.  Chris Bonti '13 got things going in the 1st inning with a three-run homer to left, capping a four-run frame.  Wesleyan then combined three hits with three walks and an error to chase across seven runs in the 2nd and added two more in the 3rd on RBI doubles by Bonti and Giaimo.  Each finished the game with three doubles, giving Bonti a mammoth game with a 4-for-6 effort at the plate and six RBI.  Giaimo and Cimino joined Bonti with four hits as Giaimo knocked in four runs and Cimino three.  Each scored four times as well.  In total, the Cardinals gathered 19 hits including nine doubles, a triple and a home run.  On the mound, starter Mike Barsotti '12 went six innings for the win, allowing just six hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts.  His eight Ks gave him 25 for the season and 190 in his career, snapping the Wesleyan record for career strikeouts of 184.  Barsotti averages one strikeout per inning as he has tossed 189 innings over his four seasons thus far.

Over the last three games, Wesleyan averaged 16.7 runs a game and hit a whopping .437 as a team, upping its seasonal average to a lofty .342.  Leading the way was Cimino, who hit .444 while starting all 15 contests.  His 16 RBI was second behind Giaimo, who collected 21.  Also hitting above .400 was Moran with a .406 figure.  Barsotti had a team-high 20.1 IP with 25 Ks and a team-best .266 ERA.

Wesleyan inaugurates the northern slate Sat., March 31, taking on Bowdoin in a double-header in Brunswick, Me.