Taking on eighth-ranked nationally and eventual NESCAC and NCAA regional champion Tufts in their season-ending double-header Sat., April 28, the Cardinals battled a top-10 squad down to the wire for the third straight game. Tufts broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 6th with a four-run rally and then stopped a Cardinal threat in the 7th at just two runs to preserve a 7-5 victory in the opener. In the nightcap, Tufts carried a slim 1-0 lead into the 6th before smacking a pair of home runs to pad the lead to a final score of 3-0.
For the year, Allee Beatty '13 (#22, main photo) led the team with a .381 average and stole 33 bases to lead the NESCAC while improving her Wesleyan career-record figure to 89. Named second-team all-NESCAC for the second year in a row, she has 129 hits over her three season, placing her sixth all-time at Wesleyan with a year to go. Beatty also received a nod to the national Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) all-New England second team. A year ago, she was a third-team choice by the NFCA. Chrissy Bello '12 added 22 hits to her career total which closed out at 144, placing her fourth all-time. Wesleyan ended the year 8-26 overall, 3-9 in NESCAC West play.
In the second game at Tufts, pitcher Haylle Reidy '15 (photo lower left) allowed just three hits and one run through the first five innings before giving up three hits in the 6th, two of which were round-trippers. Wesleyan was held to three safeties, those coming form Tori Redding '13 (photo insert upper left), Sam Epstein '12 and Ashley McLaren '13. Epstein also collected over 100 hits in her four-year career, one of just 15 Cardinals in program history to do so. She amassed 111 safeties to rank 11th. Alexis Kral '12 rapped 114 hits during her career to rank ninth, giving the team four players with more than 100 hits on the 2012 squad.
In game one, Redding launched her second homer of the season to lead off the 3rd inning before Jill Gately '15 doubled in Bello, who had walked, to spot the Cardinals a 3-2 edge. Tufts tied the game in the 4th before taking the lead for good in the 6th with its four runs. Wesleyan got two runs in the 7th on an RBI double by McLaren and an RBI single by Marissa Davila '14 and had runners at the corners with one out, but the Jumbos quelled the rally before the Cardinals could do any further damage.