Wesleyan baseball had four outstanding careers come to a close during the team's season-ending double-header at home against Trinity Sat., May 5. Despite dropping both end of the twin-bill to the NESCAC East Champion Bantams (29-9), who will be hosting the NESCAC tournament May 11-13, Wesleyan concluded an exciting season with an 18-19 overall record, 6-6 in NESCAC West play. The scores aganst Trinity were 7-1 and 12-2 as both games were nine-inning affairs.
Mike Barsotti '12 (#22, photo upper right) tossed the first six innings of the opener, allowing just two earned runs while striking out five. He wrapped up his outstanding four-year career with a school-record 233 strikekouts in 233.1 innings pitched. He exceeded the previous career record for strikeouts at Wesleyan by 49 while pitching 56 less innings than the previous record-holder. Picking up a pair of hits in the final game of his illustrious career, Alex Meadow '12 (#7, photo lower left) moved into second place alone on the all-time Wesleyan hits list with 182. He also tied the program record for games played with 139. Joining Meadow in the top 10 among career hitters were Joe Giaimo '11 (#9, photo upper left), whose two hits against Trinity put him in fifth place with 172, and Kyle Weiss '12 (#3, photo lower right), who added three hits to bolster his total to 153, ranking him 10th.
Wesleyan was forced to play catch-up in both games vs. Trinity as the Bantams picked up two unearned runs in the 1st inning of the opener, extended the lead to 4-0 in the 3rd and held the Cardinals to a lone run in the bottom of the 3rd as Giaimo picked up his team-leading 51st RBI of the season, plating Andrew Yin '15, who had reached on a bunt base hit. Yin, Giaimo and Weiss all had two hits in the contest. Trinity's third run of the game came on a solo home run, just the second allowed by the Wesleyan pitching staff all season. Trinity added a single run in the 5th and a pair of runs in the 8th for the 7-1 final.
The Bantams raced out to a 5-0 lead in the 1st inning of game two, combining four hits with four walks off three Wesleyan pitchers before the first three outs were recorded. Both of Wesleyan's runs in the game came without the benefit of an RBI as one scored on a Trinity throwing error and the other on a wild pitch. Trinity collected 16 hits in the game to Wesleyan six as Meadow was the only Cardinal with multiple hits. The Bantams had a three-run 5th inning, a single marker in the 8th and tacked on three more in the 9th for the final tally.
Donnie Cimino '15, a NESCAC Rookie of the Year candidate, ended his inaugural year with a team-best .400 average, lashing 56 hits and knocking in 37 runs. He stands a good chance of becoming the first Cardinal to reach the 100-hit plateau before the end of his sophomore season. All-time hits leader Jeffrey Maier '06 had 91 safeties over his first two seasons, the most by a Wesleyan player through two seasons. Wesleyan had four freshmen as consistent starters in the field in 2012 as Andrew Yin '15 (.359), Sam Goodwin-Boyd (.268) and Ben Hoynes '15 (.238) all saw considerable action in the infield as rookies.