Kyle Weiss '12 & Alex Meadow '12 Climb on All-Time Hits List After Home Setback to Williams, Then Team Falls at MIT
While Wesleyan fell to Little Three and NESCAC West rival Williams, 14-4, in the final game of the three-game conference series Sun., April 15 in Middletown, Kyle Weiss '12 (#3, main photo) and Alex Meadow '12 (#7, photo insert upper right) climbed to significant spots on the all-time Wesleyan hits list. Meadow singled up the middle in the 2nd inning and eventually scored the Cardinals' first run on some heads-up base running, givng Wesleyan a 1-0 lead at the time. Reaching third base after a single by Ben Hoynes '15, Meadow stole home after Hoynes appeared to be picked off first base. Hoynes headed toward second and when the Williams first baseman hesitated, Meadow took off for home and beat the throw to score while Hoynes was safe at second. The hit was the 30th of the year for Meadow and 169th of his career, moving him past Bill Robinson, with whom he was tied, and into fifth place on the all-time Cardinal list, 20 shy of the school mark.
Weiss led the Cardinals with three hits on the day, giving him seven in the three-game series vs. Williams. He upped his career total to 137, advancing him to 16th all-time. He started the year in 36th place.
Wesleyan got three runs in the 5th inning with Chris Bonti '13 smacking a two-run triple to the base of the fence in left field to highlight the frame. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, it only cut modestly into the 12-1 lead Williams had built after coming up with six runs in the top of the frame to pad its 6-1 bulge. Wesleyan got no closer than the 12-4 margin. Wesleyan amassed 10 hits in the contest with Bonti and Donnie Cimino '15 each picking up a pair to complement Weiss' work.
Wesleyan moves out of conference for its next two game, playing at MIT Tues., April 17 and home vs. Coast Guard Wed., April 18 before heading to Hamilton for a pivotal NESCAC West series over the weekend. Wesleyan is 31-5 all-time vs. Hamilton and has never lost a three-game conference series to Hamilton, sweeping six, including three on the road, while taking five others, 2-1. With a 3-3 conference mark. the Cardinas are in the middle of a dog fight for a playoff spot heading into the final stages of the season.
At MIT, the Cardinals outhit the Engineers, 11-8, but MIT came out ahead on the scoreboard, 4-3. David Skura '12 led the offense by going 3-for-3 while Cimino, Joe Giaimo '11 and Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 all had two hits apiece. Giaimo added to his team-leading RBI total by knocking in two of the squad's three runs with a two-run homer to center, scoring Cimino in front of him, who had pounded the first of his two doubles in the game. Giaimo also singled in the 5th and scored on a Skura double. Giaimo now has 33 RBI.