After ending a 17-game losing skid to Eastern Conn. Mon., April 1 with a 3-3 tie to start a busy week of action, the Cardinals got stellar starting pitching from Derek Lukin '13 (#14, photo insert lower right) and three shutout innings of relief from Chris Law '14 (#16, photo insert upper right) in downing Elms on the road Wed., April 3, 8-1. Donnie Cimino '15 (#11, main photo) paced a 17-hit Cardinal attack, going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Matt Sorkin '15 and Jon Dennett '15 both added three hits as Dennet also drove in two runs. Ben Hoynes '15 had a strong day at the plate with two hits and three RBI.
With a Cimino double and a Hoynes single spotting Wesleyan a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st, another two runs in the 5th improved the Cardinals' lead to 4-1. This time, Hoynes knocked in the first run and Steve Moran '13 doubled in the second marker. A Hoyes groundout in the 7th made it 5-1 and Cimino added to the scoring with another RBI hit in the 8th. Dennett capped the scoring with a two-run triple in the top of the 9th.
On the mound, Lukin gave up just four hits and one run over six innings of work. Law came in to get a save with three inings of two-hit relief with a pair of strikeouts. Wesleyan and Elms have met each of the last seven seasons and the Cardinals own a 6-1 lead in the series.
Wesleyan has a big NESCAC West/Little Three weekend ahead, beginning with a single game at Williams Fri, April 5 at 4 p.m. in a game slated for a webcast. The Ephs and Cardinals will close out the three-game set Sat., April 6 in Middletown with a double-header.