The Cardinals picked up all three of their hits in timely fashion during a three-run 6th inning and it proved to be enough for a 3-2 NESCAC tournament win over host Tufts Sat., May 10. With the win, coupled with its 4-3 victory over Bates the day before, Wesleyan has earned a spot in the championship game as the undefeated squad for the first time in its six trips to the NESCAC tournament. Wesleyan will take on Tufts again for the title on Sun., May 11. The game will have both a webcast and LiveStats. If the Cardinals win the game, they will become NESCAC champs for the first time and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA championship. If Wesleyan loses the 10 a.m. game, Wesleyan and Tufts will play a second game shortly after the first with the winner claiming a NESCAC title.
Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 (#9, main photo) lashed a two-run single through the left side to bring in both Andrew Yin '15 and Donnie Cimino '15, breaking a 1-1 tie at the time in the 6th inning. Earlier in the frame, Nick Miceli '17 got things started with a walk. He was bunted to second base by Matt Sorkin '15, then moved to third base on a wild pitch. Yin then put down a perfect squeeze bunt to bring home Miceli with the tying run. No one covered first base for Tufts and Yin was safe at first with a bunt single on the play. Cimino followed with a hard single through the left side. A successful double-steal put Yin and third and Cimino at second before Goodwin-Boyd untied the game. Wesleyan entered the 6th inning without a hit and did not add any in the final three stanzas.
With the pitching of Gavin Pittore '16 (#13, photo insert upper left) holding the Jumbos to just two hits and one run over the final 4.2 innings, Wesleyan needed no more than its three runs on three hits. Nine of Pittore's 14 outs came via strikeout. Jeff Blout '14 starting the game for the Cardinals and worked out of trouble in each of the first four innings, helping Tufts strand eight runners. But back-to-back doubles, the first to left and the second to right, brought in the first Tufts run in the 5th and brought Pittore to the mound for Wesleyan. Blout allowed just five hits and the lone run over his 4.1 innings of action. Tufts got its only run off Pittore in the 7th with a single, a hit batter and another single, the Jumbos only safeties off Pittore.
Now 26-10 on the year, the Cardinals have the second-highest seasonal win total in program history, behind only the 30-8 NCAA tournament runner-up squad of 1994.