Peter Rantz '16 Throws 7 Strong Innings, Cardinals Bang out 15 Hits in 9-1 Win over Wheaton (IL) Before Falling to Simpson

Peter Rantz '16 threw seven solid innings, scattering seven hits and allowing just one run with one walk and two strikeouts as he picked up his first victory of the year as Wesleyan avenged an earlier loss to Wheaton (IL) with a 9-1 win Tues., March 11.  Kai Kirk '16 tossed the final two innings, giving up only one hit.  Wesleyan generated a 15-8 edge in hits on the day, led by the three-hit efforts of Donnie Cimino '15 and Robby Harbison '17, the latter seeing his first action of the season.  Harbison went 3-for-4 while scoring twice and knocking in a pair, one with a single during a three-run 2nd inning and one with a single in the 3rd inning.  Wesleyan built a 5-0 lead through three innings, then erupted for four more runs in the 8th inning to pad the lead.  Cimino, Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 and Ben Hoynes '15 all had an RBI during the 8th. 

Five Cardinals had a multi-hit contest as Andrew Yin '15, Guy Davidson '16 and Hoynes each had two safeties, complementing the three-hit performances of Cimino and Harbison. 

The Cardinals completed their initial Tucson action Thurs., March 13, taking on Simpson for the second time, before heading to California for four games.  The squad is back in Tucson Wed., March 19 to finish up its trip with four more contests.  Simpson exacted revenge on the Cardinals for Wesleyan's opening-day 12-9 victory by pounding out a 14-3 win.  Simpson jumped ahead 7-0 after two innings with eight of its 20 hits in the ballgame.  Wesleyan collected 14 hits of its own in the game, three by Cimino and two each by Goodwin-Boyd and Jake Katofsky '16.  All three had one RBI each.  Nick Miceli '17 pitched 2.1 innings near the end of the contest and recorded five of his seven outs via strikeout.

Wesleyan's opening action in Claremont, Calif. comes up Sat., March 15 with a double-header vs. Rutgers-Newark.