Cardinals Rally for 3 Runs in Top of 7th for Win over Agnes Scott, Then Fall to St. Scholastica, Wheaton & Wittenberg

Alex Sarkowsky '14 (#3, photo) capped a three-run Wesleyan rally in the top of the 7th in the season opener vs. Agnes Scott Wed., March 12 in Clermont, Fla, to help make the Cardinals a 7-6 victor.  Trailing 6-4 heading into the last inning, the Cardinals got all their scoring with two outs as the first scored on a passed ball, and the second on an infield error, tying the game at 6-6.  Sarkowsky came up and lofted a single into center field to drive in Su Pardo '16 with what proved to be the winning run.  It was the second hit of the game for Sarkowsky as both she and Amanda Roosa '16 picked up a pair of safeties, accounting for half of the Cardinals' eight hits. 

Pardo, who hit a two-run homer to center to begin the day's scoring in the top of the 1st, went the distance on the mound. Though she gave up 12 hits and six earned runs, she collected nine strikeouts, two of which came at a critical time in the bottom of the 7th after Agnes Scott got a pair of hits to put runners at second and third with no outs.  Pardo then struck out the next two batters looking and got a fly ball to left to end the contest.

In the day's second game against St. Scholastica, Roosa and Pardo were touched for 15 hits and 11 runs as the Cardinals fell, 11-1 in five innings.  Wesleyan's two hits came from Abby Rutt '17 and Annalie Walsh-Costello '17.

Play continued in Florida Thurs., March 13, with games against Wheaton (IL) and Wittenberg.  Wesleyan rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the 7th vs. Wheaton by pushing across a pair of runs and threatening to make it a walk-off victory, but the Cardinal attack came up short of victory and fell by a 4-3 count in eight innings.  Pardo drove in Amy Lindland '14, who had singled and stolen a base, with Wesleyan's second run.  Abby Rutt '17 brought in the tying run with a single.  Wesleyan had runners at second and third with no outs after scoring twice, but a double play, first to home, and a strikeout ended the Cardinal threat.  In the 8th, with a runner placed at second via the international tie-breaker, Wheaton pushed across a run with a sacrifice and Wesleyan error.  Wesleyan got its runner to third base, but couldn't convert to keep the game going.  Against Wittenberg, Wesleyan was victimized for 11 runs in the 3rd inning as Wittenberg had nine of its 13 hits during the frame.  Wesleyan had four hits in the contest, two of them by Lindland, as the game ended in five innings, 12-0.

Up next for the squad are games against New England rivals Becker and Westfield St. Fri., March 14.