The Cardinals played contrasting games on their second-to-last day in Arizona and came away a winner in both to up their win steak to five games. Wesleyan defeated Carleton, 5-4, with an 8th-inning rally triggered by two-time NESCAC Player of the Week Andrew Yin '15 (photo upper left) in the first game Fri., March 22. In the day's second game, the Cardinals ran away for a 12-1 decision over Macalester, the team's second triumph vs. Macalester during the trip. In that game, Ben Hoynes '15 (photo lower right) had a tremendous 5-for-5 effort with four extra-base hits, four runs scored and two RBI. On the mound, Jeff Blout '14 (photo lower left) found his rhythm with a complete-game effort, allowing four hits and one earned run with 11 strikeouts. Blout earned NESCAC Pitcher of the Week accolades for his performance. Guy Davidson '16 (photo upper right) had a hit in each game, advancing his hitting streak to 13 games. Wesleyan concluded the excursion with another game against Carleton Sat., March 23. This time, Carleton prevailed, 17-11, in a slugfest. Still, Wesleyan produced a winning mark from its western swing, going 8-7.
Wesleyan starter Jimmy Hill '14 was cruising along through seven innings in the first Carleton game as he let up just one run on five hits in a 1-1 deadlock. But a pair of walks and a single was followed by a bases-clearing double and a 4-1 Carleton lead in the top of the 8th. Wesleyan did one better in the bottom of the frame as a walk, a single by Jordan Farber '16 and an error on a ground ball by Eric Jones '16 allowed Wesleyan to narrow the gap to 4-2. When Matt Sorkin '15 was hit by a pitch, the Cardinals had the bases loaded with two outs. Up stepped Yin, and he lashed a double down the left field line to drive in three runs and put Wesleyan ahead, 5-4. Peter Rantz '16 took the mound for his fifth appearance of the year and retired Carleton without incident. He allowed a one-out single but ended the game with a double-play grounder. Yin finished the game 3-for-4 while Farber had two hits.
Wesleyan pounded out 18 hits in the Macalester game. While Hoynes enjoyed a perfect game at the plate with a single, three doubles and a triple, Steve Moran '13 went 4-for-5 with three RBI. Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 had a 2-for-3 game with three RBI. Farber knocked in a pair of runs with his one hit of the contest. Macalester had a short-lived 1-0 lead in the 1st on an unearned run, but Wesleyan got four in the 2nd with a Goodwin-Boyd two-run triple putting the Cardinals ahead for good. Wesleyan fashioned another four-run inning in the 5th with Goodwin-Boyd bringing in a run with a single and Farber plating a pair with a single. That gave Wesleyan a 9-1 lead. When Hoynes tripled in a run in the 8th before scoring on a Moran single to give Wesleyan an 11-run cushion, the game ended in the bottom of the 8th as the coaches agreed to the 10-run mercy rule.
In the final game in Arizona, Wesleyan stormed back from 1st-inning trouble as Carleton grabbed a 6-0 lead. The Cardinals rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the 3rd. Six Cardinals had an RBI in the frame with Farber roping a double down the left-field line to drive in two runs, putting Wesleyan ahead, 7-6. A Jones single capped the frame, making it 8-6. The teams entered the 5th inning tied at 9-9. Wesleyan took its last lead at 10-9 on Yin's fielder's choice grounder. Yin was one of three Cardinals with three hits in the game and he led the team with three RBI. Sorkin and Moran also laced three hits. Two runs in the top of the 6th gave Carleton the lead for good, 11-10, and a four-run 7th pushed the difference to 15-10.
Yin was far and away the top hitter during the excursion with a stellar.477 average while starting all 15 games. He also tied for the team lead in RBI with Goodwin-Boyd as each had 16. Moran, with a strong finish as he went 7-for-9 over the final two games, pushed his average to .417. Davidson, who sat out the final game due to an illness, had a team-best 14 runs and will bring a 12-game hitting streak back with him to Middletown. In the pitching department, Blout logged the most innings (19.1) and had the best ERA (1.83) along with a team-high 22 strikeouts. Opponents managed a paltry .162 batting average against him. Andrew Hove '15 proved very effective out of the bullpen with six relief appearances and a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 innings.
Wesleyan will inaugurate the northern schedule with a NESCAC West series vs. Hamilton starting Fri, March 29 with a game slated for a webcast at 4 p.m. The teams meet in a double-header Saturday.