Joe Giaimo '11 Sparks 6-Run Rally, Mike Barsotti '12 Gets Save as Cards Split with UW-Stout, Then Fall to Marian (WI) & Wm. Paterson
Trailing 6-1 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning of game one vs. Wisc.-Stout Thurs., March 15 in Mesa, Ariz., the Cardinals rallied for six runs, half of which came on a bases-loaded triple by Joe Giaimo '11 (right-side photo) that made it a 6-5 game. When pinch-hitter Tom Miceli '12 stroked a single to drive in Giaimo, the score was tied. Donnie Cimino '15 then caped the flurry with an RBI double to chase home Miceli with what proved to be the winning run. Chase Levi '14 had entered the game to record the final out of the 5th inning and tossed the 6th inning to get the win. Ace Mike Barsotti '12 (left-side photo) came on to throw the 7th inning, allowing one hit while striking out two to record the save as Levi got the decision. Andrew Yin '15 went 3-for-3 with a run scored in the contest while Jake Skinner '14 and Alex Meadow '12 both had a two-hit game as Meadow scored twice and drove in a run.
In the nightcap. Stout jumped out to an 8-0 lead by the end of the second inning and went on to post a 13-6 victory. Wesleyan got the majority of its runs on the 7th inning, scoring five times. Kyle Weiss '12 had an RBI triple, Meadow and Cimino both pounded an RBI double and Giaimo had an RBI single as did Chris Bonti '13 to trigger the outburst. Wesleyan had five of its eight hits in the frame with Giaimo accounting for three hits during the contest. Stout collected 19 safeties in the game.
The Cardinals played a single game Fri., March 16 against Marian (WI). Marian broke open a pitchers duel in the 5th inning as the Jimmy Hill '14 had a shutout going through three frames. Marian took a 1-0 lead in the 4th, then tacked on six runs during the 5th and 6th inings for a 7-0 lead. Wesleyan got three runs in the final stages of the contest but the final score was 8-3 for Marian. Weiss and Bonti continued their hot bats with a pair of hits, joined by Steve Moran '14. Bonti scored two of the Cardinals' three runs.
The Cardinals were to play a game against Johns Hopkins Sun., March 18, for just the second-ever meeting between the Cardinals and Blue Jays as the last time the teams faced each other was 1920. The game was postponed due to weather and might be made up in the future. In the meantime, the squad took on William Paterson in a game Mon., March 19. Down 4-2 midway through the contest, the Cardinals got the tying runs to second and third in both the 6th and 8th innings but couldn't push anything across despite out-hitting Paterson, 11-10, and fell by a 6-2 score. Unbeaten Paterson (8-0) got two extra runs in the bottom of the 8th to pad its lead. Wesleyan got both its runs in the top of the 1st with four hits including RBI singles by Bonti and Skura. Skura was one of three Cardinals to enjoy a two-hit day as did Meadow and Andrew Yin '15. Barsotti had a decent outing on the mound, going 7.1 innnings, allowing nine hits and four earned runs with six Ks and one BB.
Wesleyan faces Augsburg in a double-header Tues., March 20 in its next start.