On a day when big, late-inning rallies decided the outcome, the Cardinals were on the plus side of the action in the second game of the afternoon Fri., March 16, rallying past Babson, 10-5. In the day's opener against FDU-Florham, the Cardinals held a slim lead before FDU captured the 8-6 victory. Wesleyan is now 3-3 over the first three days of its Florida visit.
Scoring six runs in the 7th inning vs. Babson to erase a 5-4 deficit, Wesleyan sent 10 batters to the plate with Tori Redding '13 (#14, photo left side) capping the outburst with a two-run single, her third hit of the game. Allee Beatty '13 (#22, photo right side) had knocked in her third run of the game moments before with her second hit. Her first was a rare inside-the-park homer on a sharp grounder up the middle that eluded everyone long enough for Beatty and Amy Lindland '14, who was on as a pinch-runner, to score in the 6th, spotting Wesleyan a 4-2 lead. But Babson picked up three runs in the bottom of the 6th to regain the advantage, 5-4, before the five-hit Cardinal eruption in the top of the 7th wrapped up the triumph. Also with RBI hits in the 7th were Alexis Kral '12 and Haylle Reidy '15. Kral stroked a pair of hits in the game as did Jill Gately '15. Wesleyan is now 2-0 vs. Northeast squads, having defeated Fitchburg St. on day one of the trip.
Against FDU, Wesleyan held a 4-3 lead heading into the top of the 6th as Dana Levy '12 had smacked a solo homer in the 3rd and Redding pounded a two-run double in the 5th, combined with an RBI single by Gately, accounting for the Cardinals' initial four runs. When FDU plated five runs in the 6th, three of them unearned, the score turned to an 8-4 Cardinal shortfall. Wesleyan cut the difference in half in the 7th on Gately's two-run single, giving her three RBI in the contest, but the rally was limited to two runs, making it an 8-6 final. Sam Epstein '12 and Levy also had two safeties in the outing.
Next time out on Sun, March 18, Wesleyan fell to Elmhurst, 6-4, and Bethel, 11-8. In the opener, Wesleyan got a two-run homer from Levy, preceeded by an RBI double from Bello for two of the Cardinals' five hits in the game, but the rally fell short. Wesleyan also staged a bit of a rally in the second game, trailing 9-3 early on, by outscoring Bethel, 5-2, over the final four innings. Wesleyan had 13 hits to Bethel's nine, led by the two-hit performances of Beatty, Gately, Kral and Ashley McLaren '13. But six Cardinal miscues led to seven unearned runs, much more than the difference in the game.
Wesleyan will look for redemption Mon., March 19 when the team squares off against Allegheny and Wellesley.