Su Pardo '16 (#6, main photo) tossed a sparkling one-hitter with a career-high 15 strikeouts during a 3-0 shutout of Westfield St. Fri., March 14 to wrap up a 2-0 day in Florida. The 15 Ks tied the Wesleyan record for strikeouts in a game set by Karla Hargrave vs. Elms in 2008. Pardo had a 13-strikeout game a year ago against Hamilton, her previous personal best. Allowing just one hit in a seven-inning game also was a personal best for Pardo. In addition to her stellar effort from the circle, Pardo smacked an RBI double in the contest, driving in the Cardinals' second run during a two-run 3rd inning. She also scored the final run of the game, as Amanda Roosa '16 brought her to the pate with a single. Wesleyan went ahead for good in the top of the 1st when Amy Lindland '14 singled and scored on an RBI double by Abby Rutt '17 (photo insert upper left, by David Getchell P'14).
Rutt went 2-for-3 in the win over Westfield as the Cardinals collected nine hits. Rutt was a major catalyst in the Cardinals' 14-6, five-inning victory over Becker to begin the day's action. Rutt had two doubles and a two-run home run in the game as Wesleyan picked up 10 hits. Rutt drove in five runs in the game. Alex Sarkowsky '14 also had a two-run homer in the contest. Izzy Linzer '17 had a pair of hits and scored three runs. Lindland scored four times behind a hit and two walks.
Wesleyan returned to action Sun., March 16, taking on NESCAC foe Bowdoin as well as regional rival Springfield. Pardo tossed another stellar complete game with 12 strikeouts while scattering six hits in a 4-0 Cardinal win. It was the third time in her young career that Pardo has put together back-to-back seven-inning shutouts. Rutt had another strong game at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. All four Wesleyan runs were unearned as the Cardinals capitalized on three Bowdoin errors and a passed ball, combined with seven safeties. Sarkowsky laced a triple in the contest.
Things went sour for Wesleyan in the second game, falling to Springfield in six innings, 9-1. Rutt went 1-for-3 and scored the lone Wesleyan run after a double by Jill Gately '15 and an RBI groundout by Sarkowsky. Amanda Roosa '16 also had a double in the game.
Wesleyan had another two-game day on the schedule Mon., March 17, facing Scranton and Dubuque, but the second game with Dubuque got rained out after reaching the third inning and will not be made up. Before that, the Cardinals rolled past Scranton, 9-2, as Roosa tossed a solid five-hitter, yielding two unearned runs. Jamie Hom '17 was strong at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Roosa helped her own cause with a 6th-inning double to drive in a pair during a four-run outburst. Also with doubles in the game were Rutt and Christina Zaccardi '17 as Wesleyan amassed 12 hits.
The Cardinals return to action Wed., March 19, with Southern Maine and Rowan slated as opponents.