Baseball Splits Twin-Bill vs. Trinity as Donnie Cimino '15 & Gavin Pittore '16 Stand Out - Drops Regular-Season Finale to ECSU

Wesleyan and Trinity split their annual in-state rivalry double-header Sat., May 3 as the visiting Bantams captured a 4-2 victory in the opener and the Cardinals came back to seize an 8-0 win in the nightcap.  Trinity finished its season with a 16-17 record.  Wesleyan had its final regular-season contest at Eastern Connecticut Sun., May, 4, before heading to Tufts Fri., May 9, to begin play in the NESCAC tournament as the top seed in the West, facing second-seeded Bates from the East.  ECSU captured the game vs. Wesleyan by a 7-3 count, making Wesleyan 24-10 overall.

Donnie Cimino '15 (#11, photo insert lower left) was Wesleyan's big gun in the second game, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI while Ben Hoynes '15 drove in a pair of runs in the 8th with a single to cap the scoring for the game.  The Cardinals took the lead for good with a single run in the 4th as Cimino singled, stole two bases and scored on a balk.  Wesleyan pushed across four unearned runs in the 5th to take a 5-0 lead. Doubles by Andrew Yin '15 and Cimino accounted for three RBI.  A sacrifice fly by Ellis Schaefer '17 brought in a run in the 7th before Hoynes finished things off in the 8th.  Gavin Pittore '16 (#13, main photo) tossed 7.1 innings of scoreless ball, yielding just four hits, in upping his seasonal record to 5-1.

Trinity got on the board in the 4th inning of game one with a pair of runs.  The Bantams upped the margin to 4-0 with two more runs in the 6th as the Bantams loaded the bases with two walks and a hit, then scored on a hit batsman and a wild pitch.  Cimino drive in the first Cardinal run in the 8th and Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 nearly put the Cardinals ahead in the frame with a towering drive to left that was caught at the fence and went for only a sacrifice fly as the bases were loaded at the time with no outs.

At Eastern Conn., the Cardinals tried to climb out of a 6-0 hole through four innings as a pair of infield errors in the 2nd inning opened the door for three unearned runs before three Warriors safeties in the 4th inning pushed the margin to 6-0.  Wesleyan picked up three runs in the 6th after being no-hit through five frames.  Four hits to start the inning, capped by a Cimino double just inside the right-field foul line to drive in a pair, and a ground out to the right side by Guy Davidson '16 for an RBI did the work.  But that was the end of the Cardinal scoring despite a threat in the 9th inning as Wesleyan loaded the bases but could not take advantage.