Cards Take Amherst Down to the Wire but Fall, 4-3, Despite Solid Pitching of Laura Getchell '14 in First of Three Games as Amherst Ends up with Sweep - Getchell has Another Great Showing vs. ECSU
Overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the 1st inning with single runs in the 3rd, 5th and 6th innings, Wesleyan went into the 7th inning against nationally ranked #23 Amherst (29-1) all even at 3-3. Amherst loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 7th and scored the winning run on an errant throw to the plate as the Cardinals had a chance to record the second out and keep the game alive.
Pitcher Laura Getchell '14 (#7, main photo) allowed two hits in the first inning and combined with two walks and two hit batters, Amherst pushed across three runs. From that point on, Amherst was held hitless until the 7th inning as only two Lord Jeffs reached base over the next five innings, one via error and another on a walk. In the meantime, the Cardinals racked up eight hits off Amherst ace Theresa Kelly. Allee Beatty '13 (#22, photo insert lower left) had two big hits, both for RBI as she knocked in Amy Lindland '14 with a triple to right center in the 3rd, and sent Dana Levy '12 home from third base with a single in the 5th. The third Cardinal run came in the 6th on a smash by Tori Redding '13 (#24, photo insert upper left) to left field that just cleared the fence for a home run.
Along wth Beatty, Sam Epstein '12 had a pair of hits as the two combined for half of Wesleyan's total.
Wesleyan and Amherst then squared off in a double-header Sat., April 21 to close out the three-game conference series. Amherst made short work of sweeping the twin-bill, taking the opener, 10-1 in five innings and the nightcap, 10-2 in six innings. Wesleyan finished 3-9 in conference play.
Wesleyan collected nine hits in the double header, two each by Beatty and Epstein with Beatty smacking the squad's only extra-base hit, a triple leading to the team's run in game one. The Cardinals' two runs in game two came courtesy of a single to right by Alexis Kral '12, driving in Redding, who singled, and Lexi Parr '15, who pinch-ran for Chrrisy Bello '12 after Bello rapped a base hit. The game ended on a ground out with a Cardinal on third base.
Wesleyan was to host Western New England in a double-header Tues., April 24 ibut the games were cancelled to allow WNE to make up conference games. As a result, the Cardinals visited Eastern Conn., ranked #2 nationally, on Thurs., April 26. Getchell again sparkled against a formidable opponent with another three-hitter but a two-run homer by Eastern in the 3rd inning provide all the scoring the Warriors needed to take a 2-0 decision as their All-American pitcher Molly Rathbun tossed her eighth career no-hitter. Beatty, who reached by error to lead off the contest, and Epstein, who walked with two outs in the 7th, were the only Cardinals to reach base.
Wesleyan closes out the year with a trip to Tufts, ranked #8 nationally, Sat., April 28 for a double-header.