Wesleyan and Hamilton completed all three games of their NESCAC West series Sat., April 5 as the teams finished a game halted in the 6th inning Fri., April 4, won by Hamilton, 7-3, before the Cardinals got two great pitching efforts from Su Pardo '16 (#6, photo upper left) as Wesleyan swept the scheduled double-header, 7-0 and 7-2. The shutout was the fourth of the year for Pardo as she allowed just one hit in the 7-0 victory. She scattered eight hits in the 7-2 win and even pitched to six batters in the first meeting with four strikeouts and two walks. She departed game one due to illness after three batters, then threw all 15 innings Saturday. Pardo was honored by the NESCAC as Pitcher of the Week for her 3-0 record, 0.60 ERA and 32 strikeouts over a four-game span.
On the offensive side for Wesleyan, Amy Lindland '14 #1, photo lower left), Jill Gately '15 (#17, photo lower right) and Abby Rutt '17 (#10, photo upper right)were the spark plugs over the three games. Gately went 2-for-4 in each game with three doubles and two home runs as she drove in four runs. Rutt also was 6-for-12 over the three games with two doubles and a grand-slam homer in the third game as she drove in nine of the Cardinals' 17 runs over the weekend. Lindland went 6-for-11 over the three games and scored six runs.
Wesleyan was to begin a 10-game road swing Tues., April 8 with a double-header at Coast Guard but the games were cancelled. Thus, Wesleyan began an eight-game excursion with a single game at Middlebury Fri., April 11, followed by a double-header Sat., April 12 in a NESCAC West series.
Middlebury took a 3-0 lead in the 3rd inning with a two-out, bases-loaded double, but the Cardinals narrowed the gap to 3-2 with a Gately home run in the 4th and a run-scoring triple by Rutt in the 5th. Rutt was at third with no outs in the frame but failed to score, leaving Middlebury ahead, 3-2. Middlebury added three runs in the 5th with three hits, aided by a passed ball and a throwing error. Pardo recorded 14 outs in the contest, nine by strikeout. She left the game for 10 batters after being hit by a pitch in the 4th inning. She returned to get the final five outs while absorbing the loss.