Softball

Cardinals Nearly Double Trinity Hits Total in 2nd Game of Twin Bill but Can't Gain Split

Collecting 13 hits to just seven by the homestanding Bantams in the second game of their double-header in Hartford Wed., April 18, Wesleyan came up just short in its rally to gain a split as Trinity swept the two games, 6-1 in the opener and 5-4 in the nightcap.  Wesleyan has a big NESCSAC West series coming up over the weekend, beginning with a single game at Amherst Fri., April 20 in a game that will feature LiveStats  in addition to the usual GameChanger coverage.  On Sat., April 21, the squads will tangle in a double-header and the first game will be webcast on a one-hour delayed basis starting at 1 p.m.  The twin-bill is slated for a noon start.

At Trinity, Wesleyan was victimized by the long ball as one Bantam player accounted for all five Trinity runs with a pair of homers, one good for three runs and the other a two-run shot.  Wesleyan got three hits each from Alexis Kral '12 (#23, main photo) and Allee Beatty '13 (#22, photo insert upper right) among its 13 safeties.  Still, the Cardinals rally fell short in the 7th inning and Wesleyan recovered from a 5-1 deficit with three runs in the top of the 7th, but the tying run was cut down at the plate for the final out.  Jill Gately '15 had singled in the second Cardinal run before Kral smacked a two-run double to make it a 5-4 game.  When Marissa Davila '14 singled, pinch-runner Lexi Parr '15 was nailed trying to score.  Davila also had three hits in the game while Ashley McLaren '13 added two.

In the opener, McLaren, Kral, Gately and Tori Redding '13 each had a single with Kral accounting for the lone Cardinal run with an RBI in the 4th, making it a 1-1 game.  But five runs by the Bantams over the 5th and 6th innings put the game on ice.  Wesleyan could manage no more than the four safeties and had just one base runner over the final three frames.