Softball

Allee Beatty '13 Extends Hitting Streak to 12 Games Despite DH Losses to Williams & WCSU, but Streak Ends at Middlebury

Allee Beatty '13 (#22, photo) extended her hitting streak to 12 games with three hits during a double-header at Williams Sat., April 7 and five hits during a twin-bill at Western Conn. Tues., April 10.  Wesleyan fell in both games in Williamstown by scores of 9-5 and 10-1 in five innings.  As a result, Wesleyan's NESCAC West evened for the season at 3-3 as the Cardinals swept Hamilton a week earlier only to suffer a sweep by the Ephs.  Western was victorious in both games as well, winning 9-5 after overcoming a 4-0 deficit, and 17-3 in five innings.

Still, leadoff hitter Beatty was a bright spot as she went 3-for-7 and scored a pair of runs at Williams.  She did even better at Western with a 5-for-7 effort while scoring four runs.  Leading the Cardinals in hitting with a .429 average, Beatty also paces the NESCAC in stolen bases, nabbing 27 in 32 tries this year.  She also leads the squad in runs scored with 27.  Over the last 12 contests, Beatty has been swinging at a .538 clip (21-for-39) with 14 runs and four RBI.

Wesleyan scored two runs in the 1st inning of the opener at Williams as RBIs by Chrissy Bello '12 and Alexis Kral '12 came on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and walk, respectively.  Williams evened the count in the bottom of the 1st and took the lead for good in the 4th by pushing across four runs for a 6-2 edge.  The Ephs collected five of their 10 hits in the game during the 4th.  Wesleyan manufactured a run in the 6th without a hit but the Ephs countered with three in the bottom of the frame for s 9-3 lead.  Beatty doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the 7th, followed by an RBI hit by Bello to make it 9-5 but Williams got out of the inning without further damage to cash in on the victory.

The second game was all Williams after Wesleyan got three of its six hits in the 1st for a 1-0 lead.  Beatty singled, stole a base and moved the final two bases on a pair of wild pitches.  Williams got seven if its nine hits in the opening two stanzas to score nine runs, then added a run in the 3rd while holding the Cardinals at bay to invoke to mercy rule after five frames.

Wesleyan moved out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the 2nd after Tori Redding '13 smacked a two-run triple following Beatty's RBI single.  Redding finished the double-header with four hits and four RBI.  But the Colonials tied the game in the bottom of the 4th and put the game away with five runs in the 5th, the result of six hits.  The second game was all Western after a 10-run 2nd inning, combining eight hits with three walks. 

Wesleyan headed to Middlebury for an all-important NESCAC West series starting with a single game Fri., April 13, followed by a double-header Sat., April 14.  The Panthers took the initial contest, 5-0, holding the Cardinals to just one hit, that a single by Bello in the 4th inning.  Thus Beatty's impressive 12-game hitting streak ended as she went 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch.  Wesleyan pitchers Dana Levy '12 and Caitlyn Grudzinski '13 allowed just six hits but control problems plagued the duo as they combined to walk 10 batters.  One Middlebury run came on a bases-loaded free pass while two others scored on wild pitches.  Grudzinski did register five strikeouts in her 3.2 inning of work.

Middlebury took both ends of the twin-bill on Saturday as well, winning 12-1 in five innings, then 3-2.  Beatty had hits in both contests, going 3-for-6 on the day and scored in the 3rd inning of the nightcap on a two-run single by Redding that spotted the Cardinals a 2-0 advantage.  Amy Lindland '14 also scored on the play.  But the Panthers got single runs in the 3rd, 6th and walk-off run in the 7th with a bases-loaded single up the middle with two outs.  Haylle Reidy '15 went the distance on the mound, allowing eight hits and three runs.  Middlebury scored all 12 of its runs during the opener in the 3rd inning with seven hits, five walks and two hit batters.   Bello doubled in Jill Gately '15 with the lone Cardinal run in the 4th.

Wesleyan returns to action Wed., April 18 with a double-header at Trinity.