Senior Leadership, Veteran Talent and Top-Notch Newcomers to Give Wesleyan Baseball Promise for 2013 - Season Opens in Arizona with 12-10 Loss to Lewis & Clark

The 148th year of Wesleyan baseball brings an energy and excitement for extraordinary things. The 2013 Cardinals look to continue their grand tradition on Dresser Diamond at Andrus Field with a combination of strong upper class leadership with an infusion of young and experienced freshmen and sophomores.

The Wesleyan pitching staff features both depth and quality and will be instrumental in NESCAC success this season. Senior Derek Lukin '13 (photo right side) rebounds from injury and is prepared to return to the dominating form of his freshman year. The trio of junior hurlers Jeff Blout '14, Jimmy Hill '14 and Chris Law '14 have all had great performances for the Cardinals in their careers, and are poised to take it another level. Sophomores Nick Cooney '15, Sam Elias '15, Mike DeLalio '15 and Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 all gained valuable experience in their first year. Newcomers who will make an immediate impact are Wilson Flower '16, Andrew Hove '16, Kai Kirk '16, Gavin Pittore '16 and Peter Rantz '16.

The outfield will feature fast competitors who have already shown a combination of outstanding defense and hitting. Steve Moran '13 returns to right field where his defensive play was dominant, while Donnie Cimino '15 (photo lower left) will look to defend his NESCAC batting title (.400) while manning center field. Matt Sorkin '15 returns from injury, while Zach Gandee '15 enters the program after transferring from Sacred Heart and Jake Katofsky '16 is in his freshman season.

At designated hitter, Stefan Sundseth '13 returns, as well as strong freshman hitters Keith Spencer '16 and Jack McNulty '16.

In the infield, experience will contribute to an athletic, dynamic defense. Goodwin-Boyd moves to first base after starting every game at third as a freshman, while classmate Andrew Yin '15 was a stalwart at second base. On the left side of the infield, Ben Hoynes '15 looks to make his mark at third, while freshmen Jordan Farber '16 and Guy Davidson '16 compete at shortstop. Jon Dennett '15 and transfer Craig Weinhaus '15 are strong, versatile defenders as well as freshman Jimmy O’Reilly '16.

Chris Bonti '13 (photo upper left) returns as catcher as he enters his fourth year as a starter and offensive force. Freshman Eric Jones '16 will contend for playing time as well along with classmate Paul Andrick '16.

Wesleyan will play 15 games on its annual two-week spring trip to Arizona beginning with Lewis & Clark Sun., March 10. Once back north, the Cardinals will take face some of the top teams in New England, including Little-Three rivals Amherst and Williams, as well as local rival Trinity College.  The local schedule starts Fri., March 29 with the first of three home games vs. NESCAC West opponent Hamilton.

The Cardinals fell to Lewis & Clark in the season opener, 12-10.  Wesleyan forged an early 6-1 lead before the bottom dropped out in the bottom of the 5th.  Two costly errors and four L&C hits led to six unearned runs and a 7-6 lead for L&C.  The Pioneers added three runs in the 6th to pad the lead and the 15 runners the Cardinals left on came back to haunt them as the squad came up two runs short despite 18 hits.  Bonti, Cimino, Goodwin-Boyd and Moran all had a three-hit day.  Pittorre got the starting nod on the mound and tossed four effective innings, allowing four hits and one run with six strikeouts.  He did not factor into the decision.

Wesleyan continues its western swing with a double-header vs. Bethany Lutheran Mon., March 11.