Grabbing a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning on RBI singles by Jamie Hom '17 (#12, left side photo) and Molly Grunat '16 as Wesleyan banged out four hits, the lead lasted into the bottom of the 7th as Wesleyan held a 2-1 edge in the first game of a twin-bill Sat., April 12, completing a NESCAC West series at Middlebury. But the Panthers pushed across the tying run in the final frame with a walk and two singles, sending the contest into extra innings. Neither team scored during the 8th or 9th inning, bringing the international tie-breaker into play. Wesleyan took advantage in the top of the 10th, as Su Pardo '16, who tossed a complete game, yielding seven hits and two earned runs with 10 strikeouts, scored on a soft single to shortstop by Angelina Massoia '17 after moving to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Christina Zaccardi '17.
In a matchup of two top-20 ranked teams, #19 Wesleyan got the third goal of the game from Graham Macnab '14 (#3, left side photo) with 4:41 left in the fourth quarter to break a 10-10 tie and it stood up as the game-winner for the Cardinals in a 11-10 NESCAC victory over #18 Bowdoin Sat., April 12. Wesleyan, now 7-1 in the conference, has clinched a home game for the upcoming NESCAC tournament and can lock up the top seed with a triumph at Tufts Sat., April 19 in its next game. Wesleyan jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over Bowdoin, only to have the Polar Bears rattle off four straight goals in a span of 4:42 to take a 4-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Wesleyan scored two of three goals during the second stanza as the teams were tied, 5-5, at intermission. A 3-1 Wesleyan burst in the third period spotted the Cardinals an 8-6 edge heading into the final 15 minutes. When Bowdoin scored four of the first five goals of the fourth quarter, the Polar Bears had their final lead at 10-9 with 7:27 left. That goal came just 14 seconds after Bowdoin had tied the game.
Nick Cooney '15 (#21, main right side photo) scattered four Williams hits while going the distance, allowing one run with nine strikeouts, to propel homestanding Wesleyan to a 4-1 NESCAC West and Little Three baseball victory over Williams Fri., April 11. Cooney is now 4-1 on the season with a team-leading 2.79 ERA and .214 opposing batting average. The teams completed their three-game series with a double-header in Williamstown, Mass. Sat., April 12. Wesleyan took both ends of the twin-bill, 7-2 and 12-2, to sweep the three-game series for the second year in a row. Wesleyan had six hits in the opening contest, but five came over the 7th and 8th innings as the Cardinals scored all their runs. Williams starting pitcher had a one-hitter going through six innings but gave up a pair of ground singles through the left side to Donnie Cimino '15 and Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15 to start the 7th. Guy Davidson '16 advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. With the infield up, Jon Dennett '15 hit a grounder toward shortstop. The ball was misplayed, allowing all runners to move up with Dennett safe at first base. That tied the score at 1-1. Up came Robby Harbison '17 (#34, main left side photo) , who lashed a double deep to right field, scoring both Goodwin-Boyd and Dennett.
Hosting the Mini-Meet Invitational to inaugurate both the outdoor season and the first event held on Wesleyan's refurbished Anderson Track, the Cardinals had five top-three finishes led by Agbon Edomwonyi '16 (right side photo). He took the shot-put title with a 47-7 3/4 effort, and added second-place performances in both the hammer throw and the discus. Wesleyan's other two top-three efforts came from LaDarius Drew '15 and Yuon Flemming '15. Drew captured the 400m dash with a :51.34 clocking. Flemming grabbed third in the 400m hurdles.
Traveling to Colby Sun., April 6 for their fourth NESCAC match of the year, the Cardinals returns with a solid 9-0 triumph and a 2-2 conference mark. Up next is a home match vs. Tufts Wed, April 9 before the week ends with a visit from Middlebury Sun., April 13. At Colby, #3 Olivia Koh '17 and #4 Anna Howard '14 (photo) were most impressive as neither yielded a game to their Mule rival. All singles matches were decided in straight sets with Grace Smith '14 facing the toughest challenge with a 7-5, 7-6 win. At #1, Clare DuBrin '15 posted a 6-2, 7-5 victory. The last two matches were shortened to pro sets, won by Jessica Seidman '16 at #5 (8-3) and Nicki Softness '14 at #6 (8-4).
Facing #25-ranked nationally Colby on the road Sun., April 6 in a NESCAC affair, Wesleyan came away a 6-3 victor in the important matchup with serious NESCAC playoff implications. The victory gives the Cardinals a 3-2 conference mark. Two more wins might be enough to propel Wesleyan into the post-season tournament for the second straight year. Ahead is a key home battle with Trinity, ranked 13th in the Northeast, Thurs., April 10. Against Colby, ranked seventh in the Northeast while Wesleyan is ranked 15th and ninth among the NESCAC teams, Sam Rudovsky '16 (right side photo) and Michael King '16 (left side photo) were winners in both singles and doubles as Rudovsky prevailed at #3 singles and King at #5.
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.
Leading by as many as three goals, including a 7-4 margin early in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals found themselves in a 7-7 tie with 10:29 to go. But the scoring for both teams dried up for nearly 10 minutes until Quentin DellaFera '15 (#12, main photo) bolted from behind the net on the left and put home a mid-range shot with :42 left to put Wesleyan ahead. Though Williams won the ensuring faceoff and called timeout with :30 left, Wesleyan got the ball back after the eighth save of the contest by Justin Schick '15 (#35, photo insert lower right) and a ground ball by Sam Stanton '14, allowing the Cardinals to run out the clock for the 8-7 Little Three triumph Sat., April 5. The game was played at MCLA due to field troubles at Williams.
The women's crew traveled to Hadley, Mass. to race Smith, Colby and Middlebury Sat., April 5. The race, originally scheduled to be held on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass, had to be moved due to ice on the lake. In the varsity 8 race, behind the efforts of Ava Miller-Lewis '17, Remy Johnson '16, Annie Dade '16, Emma Koramshahi '16, Kayla Cloud '14, Clare Doyle '14, Emily Johnson '13, Hannah Korevaar '14 and cox Brianne Weimann '15, Wesleyan jumped out to an early lead with Middlebury close behind. "We responded to every push Middlebury made and stayed cool in a tight race," said Head Coach Pat Tynan. "We have a few technical things to work out in order to continue to find more speed and we're confident we can do that," added Coach Tynan. Wesleyan won the race in 6:54.5. Middlebury was second in 6:57.5, Colby finished third in 7:15.1 and Smith fourth in 7:29.1.
Wesleyan opened the spring campaign by traveling to Warwick, R.I. for the RIC Invitational Fri.-Sat., April 4-5 and came away 16th of 17 teams. Wesleyan totaled 719 as a team while the team title went to host RIC with a 632 score. Wesleyan was led by Paul Andrick '16 with a 93-85-178 score. Right behind with a 89-90-179 total was Brad Improta '14 (photo). Andrick was tied for 56th among 83 players while Improta finished in a tie for 58th. Placing 61st for Wesleyan was Tommy Hartnett '14 with a 90-90-180 score. Colin O'Keeffe '17 (90-92-182) rounded out the Cardinals' scoring four while Terence Farina '14 carded a 105-98-203 score as the fifth Cardinal player.