Softball

Cardinals Close out Florida Trip on Down Note with Losses to Plymouth St. and Keene St.

Ending their 10-day stay in the Clermont, Fla. area Thurs., Match 20 with a pair of games against Little East teams, Wesleyan fell in contrasting style to Plymouth St., 9-0 in five innings, and 1-0 to Keene St.  The latter game was a pitcher's duel as ace Su Pardo '16 (#6, photo insert lower right) rolled through the Owls lineup with seven strikeouts against the first nine batters she faced.  But in the 5th inning, Keene put together two of its three hits, coupled with some heads-up base-running and a sacrifice fly to push across the only run of the game.  Wesleyan also had three hits in the game, one by Abby Rutt '17 (#10, main photo), who ended the trip with a team-leading .426 average, 12 RBI, five doubles and two home runs, all team-high figures.  She hit safely in eight of the last nine games, having her streak broken during the Plymouth game as she only came to the plate twice with a walk and a pop out. Wesleyan was outhit by the Panthers, 10-3.  Plymouth moved ahead 5-0 after two innings and put the game away early with another four runs in the top of the 5th.

Pardo ended the excursion with six starts and five complete games, racking up 65 strikeouts in 43 innings of work, going along with a 2.10 ERA and .256 opposing team batting average.  She allowed just two earned runs over her last 28 innings while fanning 44 and walking a mere three batters.

Amy Lindland '14 hit .333 while starting all 13 games and led the team in runs scored with 12.  She also went 4-for-4 in stolen bases.

After going 6-7 in Florida, Wesleyan hoped to inaugurate its nothern schedule Wed., March 26 with a game at home vs. St. Joseph (CT) but the weather put an end to that thought.  As a result, Wesleyan is set to begin its northern slate Fri., March 28 against Amherst.