Wesleyan got outstanding starting pitching from Brett Yarusi '12 (#26, photo upper right) and Jeff Blout '14 (#28, photo upper left) to complement a ferocious 22-hit attack by the Cardinals over the double-header to take both games against visiting Middlebury, 10-1 (7 inns.) and 10-3 (9 inns.) in a NESCAC West twin-bill Sat., April 7. Wesleyan took all three games in the conference series, having won game one on Fri., April 6, 5-4.
While Wesleyan hit .349 as a team to sweep today's double-header, Middlebury was held to six hits and a .111 average. In the first game, Yarusi went six innings, allowing four hits and one run with three strikeouts and four walks. Wesleyan blew the game open with a seven-run outburst in the 3rd inning. A bases-loaded triple to right-center by Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 brought in runs five, six and seven in the game and Goodwin-Boyd then scored the eighth on a sacrifice fly to cap the inning and give the Cardinals an 8-0 bulge. Middlebury had the bases loaded twice in the game but managed just one run from the opportunities as Yarusi got a key strikeout to end the threat in the 4th and a double-play grounder in the 6th brought in the only Panther run. For Wesleyan, Goodwin-Boyd, Joe Giaimo '11 (#9, photo lower left) and Chris Bonti '13 all had a pair of hits as the Cardinals collected eight in the contest.
Wesleyan scored more consistently in the second game, pushing across runs in five of the eight frames, including three in the 1st to erase a 1-0 deficit. Giaimo's single to center with the bases loaded plated a pair to put Wesleyan ahead for good, 2-1. Giaimo went 2-for-5 in the game with three RBI, giving him a team-leading 27 on the season and a current 12-game hitting streak. Middlebury used its only hit off starter Blout, a double in the top of the 1st, to get the early lead. Blout then went the next six innings without allowing the safety as only three Panthers reached base, one on a walk and two on errors. Two of them were wiped out on a caught-stealing situation and a double-play ball.
Already ahead 6-1 heading into the bottom of the 5th, Wesleyan added another three runs with Kyle Weiss '12 singling in two runs with his safety to left with the bases loaded. Donnie Cimino '15 (#11, photo lower right), who like Weiss had three hits in the game, doubled in the third run of the frame to make it 9-1. Cimino, who has hit safely in 10 straight games, finished the game with three RBI. Alex Meadow '12 also enjoyed a three-hit affair for Wesleyan.
Wesleyan returned to action in non-conference play Tues., April 10, hosting in-state rival Albertus Magnus. Wesleyan rolled to a 19-0 win racking up 18 hits while five Cardinal hurlers, led by starter Chris Law '14, limited the Falcons to six singles.
Giaimo went 3-for-4 for the Cardinals while knocking in three runs, giving him 30 RBI on the year. He picked up a rare inside-the-park home run in the 2nd inning, good for two runs. He extended his current hitting streak to 13 games. Cimino also knocked in three runs and advanced his hitting streak to 11 contests. Eight of the Cardinals' nine starters registered at least one hit as Wesleyan blew the game open with an eight-run 4th inning, adding to its already substantial 7-0 margin at the time. Wesleyan had six extra-base hits with four doubles, a triple and Giaimo's homer.
Wesleyan improved to 13-2 all-time vs. Albertus and played again Sat., April 14 with a double-header on the road against NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams. Williams swept the two contests, 7-1 and 5-3. The Cardinals and Ephs will complete their three-game series in Middletown Sun., April 15 in a game that will also be webcast as well as feature LiveStats.
Wesleyan built a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning of game two on RBI singles by Giaimo and Meadow and an RBI fielder's choice by Bonti. The lead lasted until the 6th inning when the Ephs tied the count. Single runs in the 7th and 8th gave Williams the lead and an insurance run. The Cardinals had 10 hits in the game, four by Giaimo and two by Weiss.
Weiss also had two hits in game one, but the Cardinals were held to four in total as both Giaimo and Cimino were held hitless, ending their sizeable hitting streaks. Cimino did not have an at-bat as he walked twice and hit a sacrifice fly, accounting for the Wesleyan run in the 5th that cut the margin to 4-1. A three-run 6th inning for the Ephs locked up the six-run decision. Steve Moran '13 had the other two hits for Wesleyan in the game.