Andrew Yin '15 is NESCAC Player of the Week as Baseball Stands 5-6 as Arizona Trip Heads into Final Stage
With six starters registering a multi-hit contest, led by Andrew Yin '15 (photo) with a 4-for-5 performance, Wesleyan collected 17 hits to 15 by Wisconsin-Superior but the Yellow Jackets recovered from a 5-2 deficit after three innings to secure a 13-9 win over the Cardinals in Tucson, Ariz. Sun., March 17. With a .533 batting average over the last seven games, Yin has posted three hits or more in four of the last five contests in improving his team-leading batting average to .485 through eight games. As a reward, Yin was named the inaugural NESCAC Player of the Week.
While Yin enjoyed his four-hit afternoon for the second slot in the batting order, it was Wesleyan's five through nine hitters who all posted a two-hit game and accounted for eight runs scored and eight RBI. Guy Davidson '16, Steve Moran '13, Chris Bonti '13, Ben Hoynes '15 and Eric Jones '16 all had strong days at the plate with Davidson and Moran both upping their hitting streaks to seven games. Hoynes has hit safely in each of the six games he has played this season.
Superior used a four-run 5th inning to take the lead for good, 8-5, then tacked on three more in the 6th for an 11-5 advantage. Wesleyan got a pair back in both the 7th and 9th with Davidson connecting for an RBI double and Bonti hitting a sacrifice fly in the 7th while singles by Hoynes and Jones accounted for the final two Cardinal runs.
On Mon, March 18, the Cardinals took on Augsburg in a double-header. Wesleyan fell in the opener, 8-4, but came back to capture the nightcap, 7-6. Wesleyan trailed 6-2 heading into the bottom opf the 4th in game two. Before three outs were recorded, the Cardinals had the lead, 7-6. Jones got the first RBI of the inning with a single, followed by Yin's RBI safety. When Donnie Cimino '15 walked with the bases loaded, the Cardinals were down a run, 6-5. A sacrifice fly by Jon Dennett '16 evened the count at 6-6. When Cimino stole second, the throw eluded the defense and Yin trotted home with the go-ahead run. It proved to be the winner as reliever Jimmy Hill '14 blanked the Auggies over the final three innings to record the win.
In the first game, Wesleyan held a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th as Cimino capped a three-run burst with a two-run triple. The Auggies picked up five unearned runs in the frame with five hits following a costly fielding error to begin the inning, spotting them an 8-3 margin. Wesleyan added a single run in the 6th with Matt Sorkin '15 generating the RBI.
Wesleyan resumed action Wed., March 20, facing Macalester as the Cardinals head into the final five games of the excursion. Wesleyan pushed out to an 8-1 lead after six innings behind the steady pitching of Kai Kirk '16 and coasted to an 8-5 victory. Kirk went seven innings, yielding eight hits and two runs with six strikeouts. Yin was back on his game, going 3-for-3 with a pair of runs and two RBI, ballooning his team-best average to 477. Jones had his best day of the season at the plate with a 4-for-4 performance and three runs scored. Davidson extended his hitting streak to 10 games as he drove in three runs. Cimino banged out three hits to aid the team's 14-hit attack.
On Thurs., March 21, the Cardinals tackle Gustavus Adolphus looking to get their record to .500.