Baseball Raps out 21 Hits in Subduing Coast Guard for 17th Straight Time with 15-7 Triumph

Wesleyan extended its superiority over Coast Guard to 81-24 all-time in the long-standing in-state rivalry by taking its 17th straight baseball decision over the Bears with a 15-7 victory Wed., April 18.  The Cardinals unleashed a 21-hit attack and took the lead for good in the 2nd inning by rallying for seven runs, all with two outs, by banging out six hits, all good for RBI.  The Bears narrowed the margin to 10-5 in the 5th inning before a five-run 7th for the Cardinals extended the gap to 15-5.

Wesleyan got a 5-for-6 effort at the plate from Donnie Cimino '15 (photo lower right) as he knocked in four runs. Kyle Weiss '12 (photo upper right) went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.  All nine Cardinals who came to the plate during the game registered at least one hit.  Andrew Yin '15 (photo upper left), who entered the game defensively in the top of the 2nd, made a solid contribution with a 3-for-5 effort while knocking in a pair and scoring twice.

While Derek Lukin '13 started the game on the moudn for the Cardinals, he left in the 5th inning as Mike DeLalio '15 (photo lower left) came in to record eight outs without yielding a run and got credit for his first career victory.  In total, Coast Guard rapped out 12 safeties but left 17 on base.  Wesleyan pitchers walked six batters and hit five others but got out of numerous jams as Coast Guard left the bases loaded twice and stranded two men on five other times.

Wesleyan heads to NESCAC West rival Hamilton Fri., April 20 to begin a three-game conference series with a single game.  The squads close out with a double-header Sat., April 21.  The outcome of the weekend has serious implications for NESCAC post-season play as the Cardinals stands 3-3 and Hamilton 2-4 in league play.  Only Amherst (6-0) has a winning conference mark while Williams is 4-5 and Middlebury 3-6.